I entered a G/T class in fourth grade and quickly understood what it meant to be a nerd. Unfortunately, I was one. I bucked that image as soon as I started junior high and didn’t look back. Today, however, my teenage daughter would definitely call me a nerd and I embrace that label. I get … More What does it mean to be a nerd?
They love their students…even those who are most unlovable. They spend time getting to know their students on a daily basis. They know that relationships are the foundation for all real learning. They say “yes” more than they say “no”. They are willing to take risks and encourage their students to, as well. They are … More My Five Favorite Characteristics of Exceptional Teachers
The first week of May is always a bit insane in my little town. For being so small, our town has a booming dance studio, and dance takes over this week as our kids, ages 3-18, get ready for the annual recital. I took my own daughter to dress rehearsal tonight. It’s hard to believe … More To One of the Greats – a tribute to one of my favorite teachers
If you are under the age of 40, I know what you are thinking about my title…that’s only something that old people say. If you are around 40 or older, though, I bet you are nodding and agreeing with me. I never thought I’d be one of those people who was bothered by the number, … More Why 40 is better than 20
I taught in the primary grades for fifteen years. In general, primary grade teachers are all literacy leaders. Teaching students to read and write are top priorities every day in their classrooms. That importance doesn’t go away, however, just because kids get older. Most students are successful as independent readers and writers by the time … More Equipping Leaders in the Age of Literacy
How many students get excited about writing essays or reports? How many students can’t wait to crack open those textbooks each day (or log onto digital textbooks because it’s basically the same thing)? How many students look forward to entering your class each day? I’m hoping that last question is indicative of the first two. … More Student Engagement: More than just jargon
I had the privilege of working with a very talented teacher this week in Crowley, TX. He teaches Computer Technology, Computer Maintenance, and Futures in STEM at the district’s career and technical high school. One of his goals this semester was to implement a Genius Hour time for his students. It was a huge … More Freedom for Experimentation = True Learning