Sometimes you get tired of the “new” thing in education. Well, I was tired of hearing, reading, and/or discussing “STEM” or “STEAM”, whichever you prefer. I really didn’t understand what the big deal was until we participated in Jen Wagner’s “Marble Run Challenge.” Now don’t get me wrong, my kids code, we integrate tech, etc, […]Read more "Guest Post via @BriteEyes49: “The Marble Run Challenge!”- STEMazing!"
I’m just wrapping up my eighteenth year of teaching English Language Arts. For the first seventeen, I taught in a pretty predictable, traditional manner: assign a book, a reading schedule, give quizzes, poster projects, assign essays, administer exams, and show the movie. This year was so different. In September, I started the workshop model in […]Read more "Guest Post via @SwinehartJulie: Three Do’s and Don’ts of Implementing Readers Workshop"
The title says it all!!! One of my main priorities as an instructional coach is to develop capacity in teachers and therefore impact student learning. As I reflect (and I do that a lot) on this school year as it gets closer and closer to ending, I can’t help but be proud of the work […]Read more "Guest Post via @ndnred: Instructional Coaching and Student Work"
We tend to over-complicate things. Maybe that statement is itself.an over-simplification, but I think it is true. In education we tend to make things way more complicated than they need to be, at least I think so. As I go throughout my day as a middle school administrator, it seems I have to make a […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: A Battle of Wits!"
Warning: I never successfully made cheerleading in High School. I did play golf, joined the ski club and Mock Trial team, graduated successfully, went to college out-of-state. Now, I am an Arizona Master Teacher. I know that drawing upon my experiences as an athlete every single day when instructing students and staffers is vital. […]Read more "Guest Post via @ReadersLeadPD: Warning: Failure, Sports True Learning"
Summer reading assignments are a hotly debated topic this time of year, especially when it’s tough to reconcile the workshop model’s foundation of student challenge and choice with something like a required reading program. What’s a teacher to do? It’s a given that students need to read over the summer. When teachers and students have built a […]Read more "Guest Post via @SwinehartJulie: Design Thinking and Choice in Summer Reading"
I have been in a similar situation multiple times within the last three weeks in which I had to talk about my ideas/thoughts on PD for educators and I actually came up with something that sounded smart…I think. I know there are as many ways to describe effective PD as there are actual effective PDs, […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: PD Life Cycle"