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
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
I recently had a deep conversation with a very articulate young man about the color pink. He claimed it was a "girl's color" and that he would never be caught wearing it. As a female that really doesn't care for the color pink, I had to question him further. Was he aware that colors really … Continue reading Pretty in Pink
There is a big difference between listening and hearing. Students hear me all the time. But do they really listen? Do any of us? I try my best to be an active listener. Years ago I took a personal communications class. We learned about personal space and how to actively listen. At the time, I … Continue reading Listening vs Hearing