Now that winter break is over (and it’s been a wild one here in Charleston, SC), I’m really looking forward to the end of January, which brings FETC in Orlando. I’ve been looking through the sessions available as part of the conference and I was glad to see that there were so many options that support personalized… Read More Learning at #FETC
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
As many of you know, I was at Learning Forward‘s Annual Conference this week. This was the first time that I’ve been to a big conference that wasn’t specifically focused on Education Technology and it was pretty great. It was interesting to connect with so many educators over learning, and while technology definitely made an… Read More #Reflecting on #LearnFwd17
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!
On Sunday, I (along with some of my favorite colleagues, as well our newest member of EduTechnically Speaking, Lacy) head to Orlando for the Learning Forward annual conference. I am excited to connect and learn with over 3,400 educators from all over the country! It’s my first Learning Forward (#LearnFwd17), but definitely not my first… Read More Conference Ready
Earlier today, I was reflecting on the amazing work that we all do in our ‘business’. I know that it can often be easy to slide into the doldrums of grumpiness about so much in eduction, and for those of you that know me well know that I am by no means an artificially positive… Read More Belatedly Thankful
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?