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
"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
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
Last week was our district's leadership conference and the learning centered around the word "thrive". For our keynote, we were honored to hear Dr. Bertice Berry speak about servant leadership. During this address, she said something that really resonated with me and, judging from our district conference hashtag, many others as well: Walk with purpose and you will collide… Continue reading Why Me, Here, Now?
"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
http://vimeo.com/64763494 I love the above video "Have A Seat-Make A Friend", from Soul Pancake. No matter what type of teaching system we are in, be it self contained, team teaching, or departmentalized, creating a community of learners is one of the most important things we can do. Research has shown again and again that students… Continue reading Five Ideas For Creating A Classroom Community
I am a self-contained teacher. Although I don't really like the term self-contained. It sounds too much like working all alone, shut off from the rest of the world. I actually prefer the term "Day Designer". I design days, through each content area. Much cooler. Teachers who teach one subject often tell me they would never want to be self-contained, for a… Continue reading Self-Contained Classrooms: Day Designers
My students have been working hard on their writing this year. We are currently perfecting our skills in the area of expository writing. As we head into Black History Month, as well as our upcoming Alamo unit, we've been reading and learning about people that are considered heroes. We have had great conversations about traits… Continue reading 4th Grade Writing Battles Begin!
I'm often asked to share my strategies for developing integrated units that incorporate 21st century skills. An upcoming PBL I'm developing is on The Alamo. It will blend content areas while building 21st century skills and promoting family involvement. Giving students opportunities to develop and refine their 21st century skills is something most of us see… Continue reading Measuring 21st Century Skills In The Elementary Classroom