How important is collaboration really?

Collaboration: n. 1. The act of working together; united labor. 2.The act of willingly cooperating with an enemy   Okay, so I’m not talking about strategies of war, though sometimes the life of an educator may feel like a battle. Many schools I’ve worked with have a late start day, an early release day, or

Learning In, Learning Out

I like to learn. That’s a vague and simplistic statement, but true, nonetheless. I’ve been learning my entire life. I love to eat so trying new foods is always a fun learning experience. Learning how to grow different fruits and vegetables, and prepare different dishes is also fun. My family lives in the country and

What do other people have to do with your creativity and motivation?

I’m supposed to be increasing the salt in my diet (I know…weird), so on a recent flight, I requested tomato juice over the typical water knowing the sodium would be good for me. The young man sitting next to me (and suddenly I sound very middle-aged) ordered the same thing. I kind of joked about

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

EdTech Comfort Zones – From G Suite to Office 365

What is your preferred platform for regular digital work? What makes it your favorite? I learned how to use Microsoft Word and Appleworks (yes, I’m old) in high school. I continued to use those tools for basic word processing tasks through my first few years of teaching. At some point, Appleworks went away. Not a

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