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?
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