Someone I know (let's call that person Stan) posts something extremely general and a bit vague on Twitter. Someone else that I know (let's call that person George) points out the glaring problem with said tweet. Both Stan and George have lots of followers. People listen and respect them both for a variety of reasons. … Continue reading Our Students Are Watching
You’ve seen all the hype. You’ve taken a leap of faith and have registered for your first edcamp. You are excited and nervous all at the same time. Your big questions right now are: What is expected of me? How do I get the most from this edcamp? What do I do after this edcamp is … Continue reading I’m going to Edcamp, now what?
Almost every time I speak to an educator about attending an edcamp, I hear the same set of questions. I'm going to take a moment and address each one of them. What will we be learning? What are the topics? How do I know I'll find something to benefit me? How much does it cost? … Continue reading The Edcamp Questions
There are many people dealing with grief and anger right now. They want something done NOW. Many are telling us not to send our "thoughts and prayers". I understand their anger. Losing friends and family is never easy. It's even harder when it's because of violence that we believe could have been avoided. I do … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers
I am a classroom teacher. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a daughter. I am a lot of things besides a teacher. Today there was a conversation about what is the most important thing in a school. Some in my PLN said the students were the most important (period). They went … Continue reading The Big Picture
Let me begin by saying this isn’t my idea. It came from a fellow educator, Jessie Boyce (@jessxbo) through another fellow educator, Dene Gainey (@dene_gainey). That’s how great ideas get started. One person after another. See Jessie's blog post here and Dene's here. At first glance, this seems like another call for buzzwords and platitudes. … Continue reading My 100 Words
Back in 2015, I published my first post about FAIL (First Attempt In Learning). About a year later I published a post about “failing forward”. It’s been awhile since I’ve spoken about the topic of failure. Recently a dear friend, Nathan Stevens, responded to a tweet from another dear friend, Jerry Blumengarten, about my first … Continue reading The Vocabulary of Success