Rituals, Routines and Relationships… I’ve got this?

Every classroom that has been in full swing for four or more days probably appears like a well-oiled machine.  It amazes me how quickly teachers and students alike adopt procedures, rituals and routines with lightening speed and quickly move into the content. We all give heavy thought to developing relationships with our students and, IContinue reading “Rituals, Routines and Relationships… I’ve got this?”

Anyone Can Do a Training, No One Can Tell Your Stories…

  In the last two days of July my district hosted an amazing Professional Learning Event called #TechnoPalooza 2014.  There were amazing presentations by myself and others both within my district and outside of my district. As I moved on from those two days and reflected on the learning, connecting, and collaboration that took place,Continue reading “Anyone Can Do a Training, No One Can Tell Your Stories…”

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…”

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?””

Words to live by…

In the midst of the reshaping that I wrote about in my last post a dear friend and mentor lost her 8 and 1/2 year battle with cancer. Jan wasn’t a fellow educator when I met her.  She was a parent of a student I taught.  We bonded through our love for her daughter.  OurContinue reading “Words to live by…”

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…”

When we “Be Brave”…

We all have celebrated the moments when we inspire our students.  In those same moments we have become inspired as well.  Often the inspiration takes us on a journey through the reflective epiphany of a fear to take a risk with something or a realization that we have purposefully avoided a challenge.  However, in theContinue reading “When we “Be Brave”…”

The “E” in ePortfolio- A Reflection

This past fall our Superintendent shared with us her four main initiatives.  One of them to have every student K-12 create a living portfolio that showcases student learning.  The platform to deliver this… Google Sites. What happened next was a concerted effort by our instructional team to help train teachers, support students and intentional timeContinue reading “The “E” in ePortfolio- A Reflection”

Delivering a Message… the Power of Video

I have been participating in the #blogamonth challenge since January 1, 2014.  I needed a “push” to keep me blogging, or so I thought.  Then I realized, through the #blogamonth website I had more material to work from than I ever thought “worthy.” Which brings me to my first “video” that I share with teachers,Continue reading “Delivering a Message… the Power of Video”

How to Eat an Elephant…

As we begin fresh with a new year, I know many of us have recharged, reflected and refocused.  We have personal and professional goals we have set for ourselves to better ourselves, better our world and better relationships. When my students are faced with a new and sometimes daunting task I always refer to theContinue reading “How to Eat an Elephant…”

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