When I started teaching, our evaluations had three categories: Excellent, Satisfactory, and Needs Improvement. Then, there was a list of characteristics and behaviors with check boxes next to it. I’m pretty sure I never received a mark less than Excellent. And that is what I wanted. That yearly evaluation was something to just get over … More All of us are works in progress
This fall, I worked with a great group of educators in Texas as they begin the process of transforming their instruction by integrating technology into their daily lessons. I led them through a two-day process of evaluating their current teaching and thinking critically about what changes they can make in the way they interact with and … More Ask Questions – Good Leaders Listen
I love this chart, created by Tony Borash, and adapted from Henrico County’s Teaching Innovation Progression (TIP) Chart: I use the TIP Chart when working with teachers on increasing student-driven learning via best practices surrounding technology infusion. Here are a few snippets from recent visits at the Bill R. Johnson CTE Center in Crowley ISD. … More Snippets from Student-Driven Classrooms
Have you ever heard the quote, “When one teaches, two learn”? This supports the mindset of, “The true strength in our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners, not in the knowledge of one expert.” Gone are the days where the teacher is the only expert in the classroom. Classrooms need to be a … More What Student-Driven Learning Actually Looks Like (Hint: It Looks Fun)
I recently came across this joke on Pinterest. I like a good joke as much as the next person, but being an educator, my first instinct was to be offended. My second inclination was to look at it from a different perspective. This riddle can definitely be true to life. I have had teachers like … More Teachers—Don’t be a Joke
I used to play school with my big sister. Of course, being the younger sister, I was always the student. She showed me what it meant to be a learner. For some reason, my younger brother never wanted to play school with me when I got older. 🙂 Luckily, my younger neighbors allowed me … More What are you meant to be?
I walked into a teacher’s classroom today that I’m coaching in Texas. This is her fifteenth year as a high school physics teacher, but her first in this district. It was easy to see that she was feeling a bit overwhelmed, a fact she confirmed a moment later. She is frustrated by the lack of … More Preventing Burnout: It’s all in the relationships