Everyone thinks that being innovative and trying new and improved things is the way to improve student learning. The next new piece of technology or the next best curriculum will be what gets our students to be successful. While those things can be good, they may or may not be what is going to help […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: What Actually Helps Students Learn"
I try to stay fairly active in sharing information, and it is interesting that from time to time I get asked why. Why Tweet, post on Facebook, podcast, or blog? I typically answer with something about expanding my PLN and putting information out on the Interwebs to the edu community. But that is a clunky and […]Read more "Guest Post via @Clarksroom: Context & Contacts"
I’m sitting in a session at Fall Cue reflecting on the first day of the conference. I cannot get the thought out of my head about why people present at these conferences, or why do I. I have to admit, I love presenting sessions….but why? Is it a pride thing, or maybe a bragging thing, maybe […]Read more "Guest post via @clarksroom: Why You Should Share your Learning"
My daughters and I ended up at home on Friday night without my wife and we decided to have a lazy night and watch some TV. I quickly let them know that I was picking what we watch because I couldn’t stand another episode of Jesse or Teen Titans Go. So, I fired up Netflix […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: Lessons from Newsies"
I have been a part of multiple conversations [chats/tweets/Voxer groups] over the last few weeks discussing fair versus equitable versus equal…I have to admit at this point even I am confused as the words are so closely related. I know treating students 100% the same 100% of the time in 100% of the situations is not […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: Equity or Equality"
I guess you could say I have been lazy. I would like to think that I have a valid excuse for not blogging or podcasting for more than a month. I [and my family] have been in a season of transition. In the last three months, we have seen more transition in our family than […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: Transitions"
Two books have impacted my journey as an education more so than all the books I have read as they were the backbone of my philosophy of being an administrator. When I became a Vice Principal almost 5 years ago, I received copies of How Full is Your Bucket? By Tom Rath [@TomCRath] and What Great Principals Do […]Read more "Guest Post via @ClarksRoom: Reservoir or River"
Within the last year, Sprint has had commercials on with the old, “can you hear me now,” Verizon guy saying he has switched to Sprint because they are within 1% of reliability and like half the cost. ***Note – I recently switched from Sprint to Verizon. This post is in no way saying you should switch! […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: Can You Hear Me Now…Be a 1-percenter"
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!"
I just got back from a “vacation” to my parents’ house in southern Illinois. I do not put vacation in quotes because we had a bad time, we had a blast. But I put vacation in quotes because there was a lot of hard work, what I call grinding, going on. I was able to […]Read more "Guest Post via @ClarksRoom: Grindin"