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The Teacher in Me

"Why are you writing a lesson plan? You're an administrator now!" "I know, but I have a lesson to teach Friday and I had this great idea....I guess it's just the teacher in me". That conversation happened at home the other day. I am in my third year as an Assistant Principal and I can tell… Continue reading The Teacher in Me

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GoodViews

"Film provides the opportunity to marry the power of ideas with the power of images."-Steven Bochco Do you have a Goodreads account? I do, and I use it often to keep track of books I have read or am reading. I also write and read reviews on Goodreads and I collect favorites from others which I save… Continue reading GoodViews

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A Journey Of Self-Renewal

I love new beginnings. Whether starting a new job, discovering a new passion, a spiritual journey, or a new chance to make a difference...there is nothing quite like the energy we feel when embarking on something new. I remember the inspiration I felt when I first decided to learn to crochet. And when I volunteered for the first… Continue reading A Journey Of Self-Renewal

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Social Media and The School Image

The other night, I suspect like many of you, I watched the debates. I was also logged into Twitter and was watching the reactions of people around the world. Since then, I've watched a lot of drama unfold and take shape on social media over the next few days. I am super busy this time… Continue reading Social Media and The School Image

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Spring Reflections

Well, the excitement is in the air. Spring Break is right around the corner, and while this is always a welcome break, it also ushers in a very hectic time!  Just to give you an idea, here is a quick run down of what may be on an administrator's plate come Spring (and I am sure you could… Continue reading Spring Reflections

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We Have A Plan, They Said…

On a busy day back in December, I was in my office trying to get a student iPad to work. Another student who happened to be with me at the time noticed my frustration and offered to take a look at it.  Within about 30 seconds, he had the problem solved. Fifth graders never cease… Continue reading We Have A Plan, They Said…

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Teachers and Students Leading Professional Learning

One of the unique ways we have found to support teacher collaboration and growth on our campus this year is through a weekly Staff S'more.  This started out as a one-way communication from admin to teachers, but we quickly discovered that this is the perfect vehicle for teachers to share their ideas, learnings, failures, and… Continue reading Teachers and Students Leading Professional Learning

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Response To Intervention – A Collection of Ideas and Resources

One of my roles as Assistant Principal is to coordinate our campus Response To Intervention (RTI) program. This process can be confusing and sometimes seem a little daunting! Here is some basic information to hopefully help with understanding and navigating through RTI. I put this together for my staff in a flyer, but tried to… Continue reading Response To Intervention – A Collection of Ideas and Resources

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My Struggle With Wait Time

Wait time was something I tried to practice regularly as a classroom teacher. It is always in our nature as teachers to want to jump in and solve a student's problem, help them when they are stuck,  respond immediately to a question they ask or problem they have. It took a lot of focused and… Continue reading My Struggle With Wait Time

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Say What You Wanna Say: Blogging

"Nothing's gonna hurt you, the way the words do, when they sit underneath your skin. Kept on the inside, with no sunlight, sometimes a shadow wins. I wonder what would happen if you say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly...I wanna see you be brave"! - Sara Bareiller The above… Continue reading Say What You Wanna Say: Blogging