15 Things of Which I am Grateful for in 2015 (and beyond)

(Not loving that title, but I’m going with it for the time being.) Family – I have an amazing family.  They support, encourage, love, and tease me – all important things.  My children’s smiles brighten my day like nothing else. Friends – I’m so grateful for friends who laugh with me, and hold me up when I … More 15 Things of Which I am Grateful for in 2015 (and beyond)

Iron Sharpens Iron

I love getting to meet new people.  Well, maybe I should rephrase that…I love getting to meet like-minded people – people who share the same vision that I have for leadership and education.  Last week I got to do that three different times in one day.  All through connections I’ve made on LinkedIn, I had … More Iron Sharpens Iron

Grit, Rigor, Stamina, and other cool ed terms

Every industry loves its jargon, and education is no different.  There are “best practices” touted all over to ensure your students are future-ready and becoming 21st century citizens.  And then, educators discuss the rigor of instruction and assessment, student stamina, and the word “grit” is even thrown into educational conversations.   I’ve been a professional … More Grit, Rigor, Stamina, and other cool ed terms

You Can’t Take Me Anywhere – A story of grace and humor

So this happened on the airplane of a recent work trip.  It gets better.  The fight attendant was squatted down right beside my feet getting drinks when I had my salad-lid malfunction.  I was embarrassed and very apologetic.  She said, “Oh, don’t worry about it.  The cabin crew will take care of it.”  I thanked … More You Can’t Take Me Anywhere – A story of grace and humor

Organizational Leadership

I’ve often written about leadership as it’s an area of interest for me, and something about which I’m passionate.  I’m even going to make the claim that I’ve always been a leader.  While I was somewhat shy as a child, I could organize my group of friends at recess like nobody’s business.  I lived in … More Organizational Leadership

The Plight of the Learner

Every teacher – even those in their first year of teaching – have had struggling learners in the classroom.  Actually, a great teacher would have times when every student was “struggling” – but that’s a different article.  “Struggles” can take on so many different forms: attention issues, learning challenges, home life, physical limitations… I remember … More The Plight of the Learner

Google Slides – More than a PowerPoint alternative

A few years ago when I first started using Google Drive for my work needs I was less-than-impressed by Google Slides.  The templates offered on Drive were boring, and I just wasn’t that into PowerPoints to begin with, so why would I like Google’s version?  But, like a good convert, I used Slides whenever I … More Google Slides – More than a PowerPoint alternative