I've probably mentioned this before, but I am a voracious reader. In fact, I'm most happy when I have anywhere between three to five books that I'm reading at the same time. I mean, doesn't everyone leave a book in strategic places around their house?!?! Having said that, I just finished rereading Vygotsky's (1978) Mind … Continue reading Writing with a Purpose
I am on Round 2 of edits for my Chapter 5 (findings from my intervention). While waiting on feedback from my advisor, I decided to begin putting together the presentation for my dissertation defense. I like to use quotes in my presentations (even in my classroom with middle schoolers). When reflecting on books, videos, etc. … Continue reading It Takes a Village
As a long-time educator I have participated (voluntarily and involuntarily) in a variety of professional development (PD). Not one to wait passively for something to "happen" to me, I seek opportunities to learn. Beyond attending graduate school, I've participated in online PD, attended EdCamps (which is a BIG deal for someone who is an introvert), … Continue reading What is Professional Learning?
I recently attended two retirement parties. One for a former administrator and the other a former teacher/mentor. Let me begin with my former teacher/mentor. I met Mr. Parish when I enrolled in his psyschology class in high school. I loved him from the start. He was demanding, challenging, and fun. In fact, being in his … Continue reading Why I Teach
I've always appreciated the fact that when one door closes, another one opens. Last week, I realized that some of things that were on my plate needed to be removed. I had been holding onto those for far too long when those things no longer brought me joy. I mainly kept those things out of … Continue reading Let it Go
In my Turnaround Leadership class, we have been learning about ways to influence and enact change within our organization. The Heath brothers' books--Made to Stick and Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard--are now both on my To Read List. Unfortunately, I don't think that I'll be able to read both books in … Continue reading The Rider, Elephant, and the Path
In our study of life in Europe during the Middle Ages, we explored the power of the Catholic Church. Students were given the task to choose a generalization from the Universal Theme of Power. From there, they were expected to sketchnote their understanding of the power the Catholic Church exerted over people living in feudal … Continue reading Let Creativity Shine