3 Takeaways from Intentional Reflection

When I was a classroom teacher I tended to reflect “on the fly.” I’d take a quick assessment and make adjustments on teaching materials, strategies, and temperature of the class. I’d either reteach or make notes for changes for the following year. When I attended professional development opportunities, I’d often reflect through the conversations I

The Why and How for Coaching Champion Leaders

  I recently saw a post on LinkedIn about how it was obvious that Mark Zuckerburg had been coached prior to his congressional hearing. The post went on to say that it illustrated the importance of coaching at every level.  Sharing a conversation about that post with superintendent, Mike Pettibone, recently, he replied simply, “All

Why do people do it?

Earlier this week I was getting some time with my girlfriends and they asked me where I was traveling to this week for work. I explained that I got to be fairly local and was attending the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators (HECC) conference in Indianapolis. I presented all day on Thursday to digital leaders on

Feeding the Fire: Finding The Key To PD and Your Passion

What sets your soul on fire? What are you so passionate about that people can tell by the look on your face and the sound of your voice when you are talking about it? Professionally, my short answer is education. Of course, there are many layers within that topic, and areas that excite me more

Purposeful Collaboration

I collaborate virtually on something with someone every single day. Some recent examples include: sharing a grocery list with my husband through Google Keep planning an anniversary party for our parents with my siblings via group text messages Scheduling school visits with teachers and administrators through a shared Google Sheet Working on a writing project

All of us are works in progress

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

Ask Questions – Good Leaders Listen

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

Snippets from Student-Driven Classrooms

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.