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
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
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
Great leaders have many common qualities and I am fortunate to work with many of them in numerous districts across the country (and one outstanding director in Mexico). What I find over and over again is the best educational leaders share the desire to learn, and a mentality of communicating their expectations through personal modeling.
I am what you might call a frequent flyer. I have flown in and out of many different airports for my work and traveled internationally numerous times in the past for vacations. But none of those experiences prepared me for the frustrations I was to experience recently in the Mexico City airport. My family was traveling
I am not an introvert. I don’t just go up to random strangers and start conversations, but I am definitely no introvert. I love hanging out with my family and friends, but I’m mostly energized by spending time with other educators who “get it”. I love meeting someone new who is excited about where education
Change management is a a common phrase. So is the adage, “Don’t keep doing something just because it’s the way we’ve always done it.” So, let’s assume you are leading a group, school, district, or company through a change. What steps do you take to sustain focus, and maintain the route to lasting change? 1.
I truly am a lifelong learner. I’m someone who loves to learn new things (as long as they interest me). I go to as many professional conferences that I can. I am on Twitter and LinkedIn every day reading great updates and finding links to valuable blogs and resources. All of these are positive ways