I started the AprilBlogADay challenge late, but am so glad I got to be a part of this. I began my blog about three and a half years ago, and have struggled with topics and words often since then. The struggle got a little easier when I stopped focusing on writing it for someone
I truly am a lifelong learner. I’m someone who loves to learn new things (as long as they interest me). I go to as many professional conferences that I can. I am on Twitter and LinkedIn every day reading great updates and finding links to valuable blogs and resources. All of these are positive ways
I have spent a lot of time thinking about this particular topic today and kept coming up blank. What I have thought of, however, is an extremely common technology practice that I don’t agree with. All over the place, it’s the high schools that get the latest technology. Their old devices get pushed down to
How to build a more powerful classroom by letting go, could really be, “How can I create a more powerful community by letting go?” This is a question, and something to strive for in any community: school, industry, faith, family… It involves relinquishing control. This is easier for some than it is for others.
I love to read. This is not news to anyone who knows me, or has read some previous blog posts. I would choose to read a good novel over just about any other activity. I’m not normally a “bandwagon” reader. If a book comes out and is wildly popular, I tend to not want to read
I have spent time as a classroom teacher (most of my career), as a reading specialist that pulled out small groups of students referred to as “bubble kids”, an ELL instructor, and a district administrator. I enjoyed some positions more than others, but the commonality among them all is that I have appreciated each
How transparent should educators be? Very. Transparency is more than just a buzzword or the name of an ancient instructional tool (Vis a Vis markers anyone?). Teachers have long been encouraged to be more transparent in their teaching/learning goals for the day by telling the students what the learning objective is, and even posting the
Day #22: When it comes to education, what are the things that we have to stop pretending? This is a tough question for me, because I feel like it is so subjective. Each district, each school, and even each department has it’s own climate and culture. These belief systems (and subsystems) vary so much that
Confession: I was too busy to even think about blogging since last Thursday. But, since I am the teacher-pleasing, sit in the front row, kind of student, I feel the need to catch up on the topics I missed. So, I’m doing a quick line to respond to each prompt on 4/17, 4/18, and 4/19.
I can’t really describe the emotion I have after walking away from discussing something I’m passionate about with a like-minded individual. The thought I have if generally, “Wow. She actually gets it.” I’m energized, I’m excited, and I’m typically eager to take another step. This is what happens when I collaborate with my Professional