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
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
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
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
This year our curriculum team has revamped the curriculum with a reading workshop framework. I am thrilled to see this! I truly believe in the power of a reading workshop classroom and have seen so many kids thrive in this type of environment. While there is no one program or method that is the "end all, be… Continue reading So You’re Starting Reading Workshop!
Have you ever noticed how certain places just give you a good feeling when you walk in? Some places just feel good. It's nothing you can see, or touch, or even point to and say, "Yes, that right there. That is what's making this a positive environment". No, that kind of vibe can't be artificially created.… Continue reading Your School’s Vibe