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 Curiousity & 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!
One of the first questions I get from teachers when they first start with station rotation is “How do I know my kids are doing what I’m asking them to do?” I love that this is one of the first things teachers want to know, because it shows me that they’re thinking ahead to the… Read More Accountability In Station Rotations
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?
Over the last week I’ve read (devoured, really) Lead Yourself First by Raymond M Kethledge and Michael S Erwin. I couldn’t put it down. This book is all about how solitude is absolutely necessary and can improve the work leaders do. As I read it, I found myself shaking my head in agreement and realization… Read More Year 1 of FCPSon and Lead Yourself First
The exhaustion really hit me on the Wednesday of #ISTE. My brain is saturated. I’m tired and feeling less social. 🙂 Being on, having conversation at every turn can really wear me out! This morning I really wanted to get up and make it to #CoffeeEDU with Alice Keeler, but I just couldn’t get… Read More #ISTE17 – Wednesday Recap
Wow! What a day today has been. First – that keynote from Jennie Magiera. She was so powerful with her (more than) five lessons embedded in the stories she told. Most importantly, she encouraged us all to tell our REAL stories. Check out this tweeted sketchnote from my friend, Matt Miller. He’s incredible and captured… Read More #ISTE17 Recap – Tuesday
Just a few highlights as I am WIPED OUT tonight. Whew! First off – breakfast with the #TOSAchat crew! Formerly the #TOSAsWithMimosas breakfast…this year, without mimosas. It is incredible to introduce yourself to someone and hear their voice and realize you’ve known them for ages, that they’ve helped you through rough times, helped you think… Read More #ISTE17 Recap – Monday 6/26