Who has Influenced The Bulldog Educator

In Episode 2, Season 1 of “The Bulldog Educator Podcast” I shared what some of the major influencers were in my life as an educator. The list turned out to be a lot longer than I originally thought. Why did I share? I want people to know what has shaped me over the years andContinue reading “Who has Influenced The Bulldog Educator”

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…”

Genius Hour Comes Full Circle…

As this year came to a close it marked four years ago I closed the end of a school year as a classroom teacher. It was four years ago that I stepped out and tried Genius Hour in my classroom and it was four years ago that I began to put together my story toContinue reading “Genius Hour Comes Full Circle…”

When Control Sinks Your Ship…

                                                                                                                                          [1] Co-authored by Middle School Tech Club Sponsors Susan Fitzgerald, Library Media Specialist and Kirsten Wilson, Instructional Technology Coach                                                                                                                                 [2] In days gone by, the teacher was the sage on the stage –  the expert in the room.  Today educators are working with a population of post-modern learners with needs and learning stylesContinue reading “When Control Sinks Your Ship…”

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”

Genius Hour- from another perspective

I just recently was published in TechEdge Magazine through TCEA on the topic of Genius Hour. It was a huge honor and happened all because of connections both professionally through the TCEA network and through my wonderful #geniushour PLN. The biggest factor in Genius Hour being a success was transparency, collaboration and continually keeping itContinue reading “Genius Hour- from another perspective”

It’s Not Just an “Hour of Code”

by Sue Fitzgerald, Library/Media Specialist and Kirsten Wilson, Instructional Technology Coach The “Hour of Code” has proven to be a very exciting adventure for students that has just begun. The development and launch of this event was driven by students’ passion for coding and educators’ efforts to provide the opportunity. It was collaboration in itsContinue reading “It’s Not Just an “Hour of Code””

Thinking about what it means to be future-ready…

Recently I was asked to answer questions for a colleague regarding technology and curriculum. At the same time I was participating in a chat where a participant Tweeted, “I don’t know what the future is so I only prepare my students for today.” While I know it is true that we cannot know the future,Continue reading “Thinking about what it means to be future-ready…”

Content, Collaboration and Curation… Part 2

A Curation Epiphany As I reflect upon the last week and the start of school in the district I am privileged to be a part of, it struck me how curating has become a method of improving not only my practice but supporting other educators in theirs.  In a day and time when there isContinue reading “Content, Collaboration and Curation… Part 2”

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