How did this happen? How did so much time pass without any reflections??? The year 2021 was a blur. The Covid pandemic changed my perspective forever and helped me focus on my #oneword2021, "Gratitude". I enjoyed time with family, I inspected my health, and I pursued career goals. Now I'm ready for 2022!!! In 2022... Continue Reading →
How Can Students Contribute to Their Classroom Culture?
Google Classroom Banners Back in the day, educators would spend hours making their classrooms cozy, comfy, and inviting for students. Walls would be littered with inspirational quotes, fun puffy rainbow fonts and images students could relate to. As students filled these spaces they too would help build the world around them by adding their artwork,... Continue Reading →
2020 rings in 50 years of life for me. This birthday feels bigger than any other. A semi-centurion, quinquagenarian, 5 decades...no matter what you call 50 years, it’s a heck of a lot of time on Earth. My mom died 7 years before she turned 50. Back when I was 18 I thought, “Well she... Continue Reading →
Perspective defined: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. 2018 has brought on many changes professionally in my life. Leading the way is a new position in Wake County Public Schools as a Digital Learning Coordinator. This new job has allowed me to see inside 22 schools with a... Continue Reading →
10 Ways to Lead By Example-Everyday.
One New Year’s Resolution? Make it about about them and not about you. Lead by Example- EVERYDAY. The best thing we can do to make this world a better place is to Lead By Example. There is no teaching that can trump modeling the behaviors you want to see in others. In my job I... Continue Reading →
Do You Hear What I Hear? Voice Matters.
The art of conversation has taken on new meaning. Communication has evolved from spoken word to text forms not many could have dreamed of in years past. What once was face to face, then voice to voice, has now catapulted into a world of text to text over space, time, and distance. The efficiency surrounding text... Continue Reading →
Blogging. Allow Student Voice to Be Heard.
When it comes to blogging there is no "right" or "wrong" way. Blogging is a way to express your thoughts, share your opinions, give advice, or just a place for your voice to be heard. When blogging with students it is important to follow a few basic steps: Choose a tool you want your students... 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 →
Can We Always Be Emerging as Leaders? A Recap of the NCPDK 2016 Emerging Leaders Conference
Emerge by definition means move out of or away from something and come into view: "black ravens emerged from the fog". This word “emerge” was recently redefined for me as a leader. As I spent my second year as an “Emerging Leader” with the North Carolina Phi Delta Kappa (NCPDK) educational organization, I felt like the... Continue Reading →