Previously, I wrote a post featuring some of my favorite formative assessment tools. They are pretty simple and fairly well-known, and yet, I received many thanks from talented teachers for the list. I also hear, often, of formative and summative assessments being confused. That led me to write a very simplistic comparison of the two. Then, … More The #1 Reason Formative Assessment is Imperative to Learning
Confession time: I have always hated journaling. I would attend some great workshop, or talk to some fantastic writer and be convinced of the joys and benefits of journaling regularly. I’d open up a cute new notebook, determined to make it work this time. And I’d quickly lose that drive. It always seemed tedious and … More My Beginnings as a Blogger
I have long been a fan and user of Google Drive and all the apps have to offer. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I showed any favor to Google Drawing. In my recent round of technology integration coaching with some teachers in Texas, I had two request mind maps as a component to the … More Using Google Drawing across the curriculum
This past summer I made the switch from public school educator to entrepreneur. I get to use my years of experience as a classroom teacher and district-level curriculum director to impact schools around our country as an educational consultant and trainer. I just returned (in the wee hours of the morning) from a work trip in … More Five Reasons I Love My Job
What a week! I just spent three, jam-packed days with teachers and students in Round Rock ISD, in Texas. I first met “my” group of nineteen teachers and ten instructional technology specialists in September at a whole-group “kick-off”. These teachers are in their first or second year of technology integration, and the ITSs support them. … More Rock star, Movie Star, or Me?
I saw this image somewhere earlier this month. It immediately struck a chord with me, but not in the manner the creator probably intended. The thing is, our past has directly impacted our story, and because of that will always have power in our lives. Instead of shunning it, take the power and use it … More There’s Power in Your Story
This week has been crazy busy (seems like that is the case more than it should be), and that means that my Five Friday Faves topic didn’t get thought about until this morning. I just dropped my two kids off at school. My daughter is dropped off at the junior high first, … More Five Friday Faves – Small things that bring me big joy