My Word for 2015

Many educators have been reflecting on 2014 and making plans for 2015. In doing so, many have chosen one (or more) word to be their focus for this year. This word reflects what they feel is most important in their own growth – both personally and professionally – for 2015. When I reflect on 2014Continue reading “My Word for 2015”

Tyranny of the Urgent

To say things have been extremely busy at my work would be an understatement. A HUGE understatement. We have been pretty bombarded with crisis after crisis after crisis. However, have ALL these things been REALLY urgent? As urgent as they have been presented to us? That is the question. Sure, many of them have. Not allContinue reading “Tyranny of the Urgent”

What My Inner City School Experience Has Given Me

This is going to be a somewhat personal post. I have been pondering this for quite some time and have finally decided to write about it and share. For the past 2 and one half years I have been the vice-principal of an inner-city school in the school district where I work (not all ourContinue reading “What My Inner City School Experience Has Given Me”

Importance of Scaffolding

In a recent discussion with a friend, we talked about meeting the needs of our highly diverse students.  We talked about the difficulties some people seem to have with understanding the need to scaffold work for students. The discussion reminded me of when I was a student teacher way back when and my faculty associate,Continue reading “Importance of Scaffolding”

Inspired

The other day, I was asked a question about who inspires me. What a great question! I could go on and on for hours about all the people who inspire me each and every day.  As administrators, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many people: kids, teachers, education assistants, parents, communityContinue reading “Inspired”

Battle of Technology and Pedagogy

First of all, I have a bit of a confession.  When I started on Twitter again almost 2 years ago, I didn’t deeply understand when I read, “It’s not about the technology.” Yes, I understood it on a surface level, and nodded in agreement whenever I heard those words. But, I didn’t really deeply understand.Continue reading “Battle of Technology and Pedagogy”

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”

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”

Pushing the Envelope

We are about to embark upon an exciting new school year! Our school received an Innovative Learning Designs Grant which 10 of our teachers are involved with. Those teachers formed small groups and wrote inquiry questions in April of last year. Those inquiry questions were to be their focus this year.  We  will be revisitingContinue reading “Pushing the Envelope”

Be Curious

For the past three years we’ve taken a family road trip to Disneyland. Even though we end up at Disney, this vacation is much more than a Disney trip. We take our time driving down, stopping at many forests, playgrounds, beaches, and visiting friends along the way. One playground we have stopped at on each tripContinue reading “Be Curious”