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
Each birthday only happens once in a lifetime. I know that right now you are thinking, well duh! Can you remember how you spent your last birthday? Today I turned 49. I'm not afraid to tell you this. The number is just a number. What I did today is WAY more important than the number … Continue reading Once in a Lifetime
A dear friend asked for help yesterday. It was the kind of request that intrigued me into action. She had a list of codes that she wanted to automatically assign to participants in an online class once they had reached a certain level. Her initial thought was to include a simple Google Form to collect … Continue reading Forms, Queries & AutoCrat
For years, I've watched as educators are portrayed as not quite good enough. The old phrase, "those that can, do...those that can't teach" has stood as a tribute to what society (in general) thinks of education. We're just not quite good enough to succeed outside of our "ivy walls". Well, I've had enough. The straw … Continue reading Change the Narrative
Let me back up just a bit. This week I've been having a fantastic conversation on Voxer with several members of the #EduMatch Voxer group about the effectiveness of Twitter chats. It has been the type of conversation that pushes your thinking. As a moderator of two Twitter chats, I wanted to make sure "my side" … Continue reading What Didn’t Work?
There are more followers in our classrooms than leaders. What are we doing to prepare them for their future? Are we teaching them how to choose who to follow? This isn't a political post. It has very little to do with today's leaders or followers. This has everything to do with what is coming next. … Continue reading Leaders and Followers
Regardless of what your winter break looks like, there may be some down time where you find yourself wondering what to do. Here are a few ideas to help get you ready to return to the classroom in January. Edcamp Voxer Using the free Voxer app (iOS, Android, and web), connect to educators from around … Continue reading Winter Break