Learning to “TEAM”

Many times when we see the word “TEAM” we think of its association with sports. Quickly we make the connection to winning. With a sports team every individual has a role and is trained and ready to fulfill that role so that the “TEAM” will hopefully win. However, in education, we come with all kindsContinue reading “Learning to “TEAM””

Having a “Can Do” Attitude…

I have had the unique experience of transitioning from Middle School as an instructional coach to Elementary as an Assistant Principal. If you put a kindergarten parent side by side with a parent of an entering middle schooler, I am sure their fears and concerns would be very similar. One thing I think educators andContinue reading “Having a “Can Do” Attitude…”

Resolutions, Intentions, Goals… Always Progressing

From the moment the ball dropped and we ushered in 2016 I have watched the goals, mantras, claims of personal “one word” and resolutions come across my various social media feeds. To say the least, I am amazed and sometimes a bit subdued. I admire the ambitiousness and timeliness of my virtual and face toContinue reading “Resolutions, Intentions, Goals… Always Progressing”

#BeUncommon in 2015

The year of 2014 has been a year of tremendous growth for me as an educator and personally. As I began to consider my first blog post of 2015 already a week ago, I struggled for words. When you are in a state of continuous improvement and growth, resolutions seem a bit unnecessary. I didn’tContinue reading “#BeUncommon in 2015”

The #nisdPalooza anticipation builds…

This Wednesday, July 30th and Thursday, July 31st my district is hosting “TechnoPalooza.”  Three years ago it was a in-district choice menu Professional Development focused on Educational Technology Integration. Last year it grew within the district in popularity and was open for other districts to attend as well. This year the planners led by KarlaContinue reading “The #nisdPalooza anticipation builds…”

Is it time for a ROLE Revolution?

On Sunday I had the privilege of hosting #txeduchat.  The topic was “Results Only Learning Environment” based on the book ROLE Reversal by Mark Barnes (@markbarnes19). For a review of the book I refer my blog followers to my good PLN friend Joy Kirr’s (@joykirr) post on her blog last year ROLE Reversal Review. SomeContinue reading “Is it time for a ROLE Revolution?”

What is a #growthmindset?

Recently a fellow colleague, @LisaDegnan1 and #newbie blogger (Blog: Teaching and Learning With and Through Others) shared the excitement of self-directed autonomous professional development. Lisa Degnan and Husband With her permission I am “re-blogging” her post titled “Best Summer Professional Development” “Have you ever written curriculum?  Looking at the standards, breaking down the TEKS, andContinue reading “What is a #growthmindset?”

What is my “one word?”

When the idea of “one word” started popping up on Twitter at the beginning of 2014 I was intrigued.  However, for those who know me well, determining what that one word would be for me seemed like an impossibility.  See, I struggle with simple and keeping the word count down.  One of my mentors hasContinue reading “What is my “one word?””

Reshaping what we do…

I had plans this summer. Plans to read the following professional books: Plans to catch up on my personal reading for enjoyment:     I had plans to participate in all my usual Twitter chats. I had plans to post multiple entries to my blog. Then I had an amazing week. I presented Genius HourContinue reading “Reshaping what we do…”

ROLE Reversal Observed

A few months ago I was introduced to the ROLE approach via a discussion with 7th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, Sara Hutson.  She had been talking with friend and fellow colleague, Kat Julian, an 8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher at Coppell Middle School East, from Coppell I.S.D.. After Sara shared her contagious curiosity about thisContinue reading “ROLE Reversal Observed”

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