Live in the Present

My best learned lesson are taught to me through my own children.  Recently, my son has been feeling anxious.  I would say, "Don't worry about that" or "That seems silly to think that".  What I have now learned is I was dismissing something that was real and scary to him. I was failing at acknowledging... Continue Reading →

#YouDoYouEDU

I've spent the last few months caught up in the phrase, "You Do You".  The meaning behind those words is a powerful one.  It is one that emcompasses individuality, risk taking, being bold and adventurous, and sometimes stepping outside one's comfort zone. "You do You" is not a new phrase.  It's been around the block... Continue Reading →

Classroom HASHTAGS…the time is now.

It's that time of year when traditional classroom teachers/educators are preparing for a new group of students.  Preparations include organizing curriculum and lesson plans, creating a welcoming environment,  and gathering classroom supplies.  So much prep work goes into getting the first day, first week, first month just right.  In the midst of all of this... Continue Reading →

Do Students WANT Choice?

I often wonder...do students WANT choice? When I give students the opportunity to own their learning, many choose the easiest option.  We live in an era of nothing but options.  The tools change before we have time to master. Learning is fast and furious. Goodbye teaching hello facilitating.  Sometimes I feel it's impossible to keep... Continue Reading →

How do WE Empower Students? WE Change the Way They Are Learning.

Some of the trendiest topics in Education are Student-Directed learning,  #LearnerAgency and #StudentOwnership.  As I hear these phrases, I ask myself...are these topics that new? I’ve been a Teacher/Trainer/Specialist/Facilitator for 23 years. To me, the idea of students owning their learning is nothing new.  For years, good teaching has been good teaching.  What has changed... Continue Reading →

Come In and Watch Me. I Want Feedback on Giving and Receiving Feedback.

Feedback, constructive criticism, assessment, evaluation, observation...whatever you want to call it, it should be given and received as a way to #becomebetter.  Unfortunately it can be a slippery slope.  One that many avoid being a part of.  If feedback is not something one is seeking, then often times is perceived negatively and defenses can build... Continue Reading →

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