Education

Self-Care for Back to School

It's that time of the year when many of us are beginning to feel the "back to school" feelings.  Excitement, motivation, optimism, fear, anxiety, worry....these are all common feelings for us and there is nothing wrong with any of them.  A lot of our emotions may not even relate to school itself, but may be… Continue reading Self-Care for Back to School

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Disney Goes to School

Take a minute and think about quality customer service.  Actually, think about places with which you are familiar that really focus on providing exceptional service and experiences.  I bet you are thinking about maybe a favorite restaurant, or a place of business....or how about the hospitality industry, a hotel or a theme park.  Yep, I… Continue reading Disney Goes to School

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What’s Your Why?

One of the first questions that we as educators are often asked is, "Why do you do it?" In fact, at some point each of us has heard something like, "How neat that you get summers off!" or "Wow, you must love having the same breaks as your kids." The image of public schools, and… Continue reading What’s Your Why?

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Read Alouds: Every Day, Every Student by Lucretia Brattin

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Nerdy Book Club

The importance of reading aloud to every grade level is imperative.  And, it should most definitely be an everyday occurrence.  This duty does not have be fulfilled by the Language Arts teachers.  How awesome is it for the science teacher to read an article from National Geographic or the history teacher to read an article from The Smithsonian.  Better yet, what if they chose popular books from their respective studies and read a section every day.  I can just imagine our history teacher, who is also the speech and debate coach, reading excerpts from Ron Chernow’s Grant.

Making reading seem like the most important element of a class, no matter what the class, is the key to creating successful adults.  I truly believe that.  Even in math, if a student can’t read the directions or understand what the vocabulary is, there is no chance to actually do the math.   Vocabulary…

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Purposeful Classroom Visits

Initially this year, my principal and I set a common goal: To get into classrooms every day. That seems like a no brainer, but as you know it is so easy to get caught up in the "stuff" waiting for you in the office and before you know it, it's 2:00 pm and the day… Continue reading Purposeful Classroom Visits

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Big Little Things

The sign you see here hangs in my living room. It greets me every morning as I stumble past on my way to the kitchen to get the coffee that starts my day. It welcomes me home every evening, that sign. Watches over us as we hang out, watching TV or eating or talking or… Continue reading Big Little Things

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Teaching vs. Learning

In the following question, fill in the blank with your own content example, such as simplifying fractions. Hold the space for that idea as we go along. This is an idea that I have been thinking about over the last few days. When I think to myself, "It's my job to teach ___", the focus… Continue reading Teaching vs. Learning

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Putting PLCs Into Practice

Putting Professional Learning Communities Into Practice on an Elementary Campus *Note: This post includes downloadable templates and videos of some artifacts I created, feel free to use anything you see! This year, we are focusing on PLC work. Focusing, as in, starting them up. Yes, we have had PLC time on the calendar. Yes, our… Continue reading Putting PLCs Into Practice

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Building Strong Supports

As the 2017-18 school year begins, I have been thinking about the idea of serving others. I wear many hats and each day finds me responding to the needs of many different people.  I am fortunate in that I get to work with students, parents, teachers and staff, fellow administrators, district personnel and community members… Continue reading Building Strong Supports

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A Staff That Serves

So, I often write about the incredible school I call home and the people and things that make it such an incredible place. So often, these "things" are collections of moments; some so small and seemingly inconsequential that you might actually not even notice them if you weren't paying attention. And I try to pay attention. Because other times those moments… Continue reading A Staff That Serves