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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Are Students Invested?
It's not about me. It's not about you. It's about the students. In Alan November’s book, Who Owns the Learning, his message is clearly heard and conveyed as, Empowering students to lead in their learning, and for teachers to make the subject material relevant to the lives of students.. In a world where teachers are... Continue Reading →
Change. For Our Students, It’s Worth the Risk.
To change, or become different, is uncomfortable for some. Others thrive in it. Change can seem scary. It signifies newness. When there is change, what was once comfortable doesn't look or feel the same. But without change, growth does not occur. This is why I think change is worth the risk. So WHY change or do things differently... Continue Reading →
Which One Are You? A Leader or a Manager?
As I'm close to earning my License for School Administration, I was recently asked, "Do you know the difference between a Leader and a Manager?" This answer seemed simple: The manager plans, organizes and coordinates. The leader inspires and motivates. I was then asked, "Which one are you?" This left me speechless. Was I a... Continue Reading →