This year we embarked on a new learning journey. We had tried conference style PD in our large public high school. We have about 260 instructional staff members and no matter how many sessions we offered and who led them, we were not able to meet the needs of all staff. Some of the questions… Read More Personalized Professional Learning
Wow! What a year this has been!! We’ve been on a whirlwind of a ride this past year. We’ve had changes in administration, changes in teachers and teacher leaders, new professional learning models and of course, through all of this, I’ve pushed myself to do more and improve what I’m currently doing! I also took… Read More What a Year!!
This is the third year I’ve participated in #OneWordEdu. It is all about choosing one word as your mantra or a principle to guide your thoughts and decisions and actions throughout the year. Read more about my 2016 OneWordEDU (balance) and my 2017 OneWordEDU (purpose) and how I narrowed down the choice of word and theme!… Read More #OneWordEDU 2018 | Simplify
Tomorrow morning, 800+ educators will arrive at The Hotel Roanoke for the annual Virginia Society for Technology in Education conference. This is my first time serving on the conference committee, an amazing group of VSTE members from around the state. The members of the conference committee work tirelessly throughout the year to prepare for the… Read More #VSTE17 Starts Tomorrow!
In less than a week I’ll be at #VSTE17 with 800+ educators. I can’t wait to connect and learn and listen with engaged educators from around the state of Virginia and beyond! I have been to at least 4 VSTE conferences and wanted to share some tips to get ready! Don’t worry too much about… Read More Preparing for #VSTE17
Today I spoke at our school’s On A Roll ceremony. This ceremony recognizes students who have been nominated by their teachers for their positive momentum. Students are making progress and improving and we take time to invite parents in and celebrate these successes. My remarks and images from my slide deck are below. ********************************************************* I… Read More Curiosity & the Power of Questioning
So there is a storied former superintendent in our district, Bud Spillane who made famous this phrase and it’s often used as a reminder to remain focused on the thing that matters most, kids and learning. This is what should drive our decision making the work we do. What is best for kids and how… Read More Keeping the main thing, the main thing
This was a question I was asked on Saturday night. We were a bunch of educators – classroom teachers and tech coaches gathered around the dinner table as we worked to plan an upcoming conference. What an awesome reflective question. One of my struggles that I alluded to in my last post was feeling overwhelmed… Read More What are you most proud of in the first few weeks of school?
I took a break from writing for the summer – to recharge, and then had a hard time getting started again! We jumped right into the work as soon as I started back. Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to with our FCPSon Journey. School ended June 23rd for students and I… Read More I’m back!
In June, I attended #ISTE17, the annual conference for the International Society for Technology in Education. This conference is so important to my teaching practice. I get more ideas in this week and connect with educators from around the world in person that I usually learn from in my #PLN. My Professional Learning Network (PLN)… Read More EdTech and Yoga?