Playing in the Admin Digital Sandbox

The district in which I work is a very innovative district. We have been focussing on developing important skills like, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking in our students. To truly have any possibility of that happening, it is important for teachers to understand the importance of these skills and be exploring them for themselves.Continue reading “Playing in the Admin Digital Sandbox”

Power of Sharing

I still haven’t finished my “Introduction” to ETMOOC post, but will do that soon. I just had to get this post out of my head tonight. This afternoon, I attended Dean Shareski’s Sharing as Accountability session in the #ETMOOC (Educational Technology Massive Online Open Course) today. It was a great session because it just reaffirmedContinue reading “Power of Sharing”

On Learning

Earlier in the fall, I wrote a post about the importance of finding time for yourself. You can read that post here.  It is so important to get away and really think, appreciate, and reflect on what is happening around you and in your life.  It is important to take that time for yourself. ItContinue reading “On Learning”

Using Video Recording to Enhance Learning

In addition to my vice-principal assignment, I also have a 70% teaching assignment.  That teaching assignment this year is working with students who struggle in their academic areas – mainly reading, writing and math as a Learning Support Teacher. While I have been a Learning Support Teacher in the past, this year I started experimentingContinue reading “Using Video Recording to Enhance Learning”

Shareski Shares

My list of blogging ideas is getting so long!  It’s been so busy with work, that I have found little time to blog about all the things I want to. Instead, I’ve been trying to keep a list. The first thing I’d like to catch up on is our district Engaging the Digital Learner DinnerContinue reading “Shareski Shares”

Nurturing Learning Without Limits

A colleague recently shared with me a video about training fleas. She used it with her staff at the beginning of a professional development activity she was leading on differentiated instruction. What a great connection to differentiated instruction!   A bit about the video…   A scientist (aka flea trainer) places a large number ofContinue reading “Nurturing Learning Without Limits”

Life-Long Learners

This summer, I read a number of interesting, informative and inspiring books. The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall was one of the books I read. Not only does The Connected Educator have a lot of information, it also has many “Get Connected” activities toContinue reading “Life-Long Learners”

Educational Change: It’s Personal

We had our first session of the Engaging the Digital Learner dinner series last night.  It was a great night with Dean Shareski as our main speaker (which I hope to blog about more in the coming days). First of all, though, I wanted to share the closing words and thoughts, by Elisa Carlson (@emscarlsonContinue reading “Educational Change: It’s Personal”

Some Plans For This Year

I have a new role in my school this year.  In addition to being the Vice-Principal, I will also be one of the Learning Support teachers (last year, I was the Early Literacy Teacher and the Intermediate Prep teacher for 4 classes in addition to my Vice-Principal role).  I look forward to being part ofContinue reading “Some Plans For This Year”

School is Home

While I have always known it, from personal experience, this year made me realize once again just how important school is for our students.  School is a safe place for many students.  The ONLY safe place. Our students know what to expect, for the most part, from school. They know what to expect from theirContinue reading “School is Home”