Teaching Tips Text Alerts Archive

Our teachers seem to really enjoy “The Toilet Paper,” a weekly newsletter I put into staff bathrooms  that gives teaching tips and ideas for the classroom. As a way to continue bringing PD to the staff in a way that doesn’t disrupt their day, I started a Remind101 account. Remind101 allows you to text orContinue reading “Teaching Tips Text Alerts Archive”

Reflections on Playdate DG58

This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend my first Playdate. In general, the idea of a Playdate is a time for educators to come together and “play” with technology tools with the support of one another. To read more about the Playdate philosophy and how it got started, click here.  I agreedContinue reading “Reflections on Playdate DG58”

The Devil is In the Details

Just last week I engaged in a philosophical debate on Twitter. I typically enjoy talking with people who stretch my thinking, but during this particular exchange, I just ended up frustrated. The person I was conversing with kept insisting that there is no longer any real value to public education. While I think we haveContinue reading “The Devil is In the Details”

Using Diigo for Student Collaboration

Diigo is an easy to use, free tool that many teachers have been using for years to curate and annotate online documents. I see Diigo as something more, though. This tool can be used on a whole new level when we introduce it to students as a platform for collaboration. Read below to see a few ofContinue reading “Using Diigo for Student Collaboration”

My turn for the Sunshine Award

So in the last two days I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by Jon Harper (@Jonharper70bd) and Yana Bauer (@arachnemom), so I guess I should probably take the time to respond! Here is how it works. Acknowledge the nominating blogger. Share 11 random facts about yourself. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has createdContinue reading “My turn for the Sunshine Award”

The Day I Cried in the Principal’s Office

This is my seventh year in public education. For five of those years I worked as a classroom teacher, doing awesome activities with my awesome kids. Sure, there were those state tests and district required assessments, but for the most part, I was in command and in control of what happened inside of my classroom.Continue reading “The Day I Cried in the Principal’s Office”

Three Words for 2014

I read a blog post yesterday by Jim Cordery (@jcordery) in which he described three words that would guide him this year. It turns out Jim isn’t the only one trying to sum up his New Year’s Resolutions in just three words. His inspiration came from blogger Jennifer Hogan (@Hogan_Jennifer) who also wrote about herContinue reading “Three Words for 2014”

Where’s Joey? Engaging Students in Real World Problem Solving

As an instructional coach, one of my favorite things to do is help a teacher take an activity they have always done and “tweak” it for optimal learning. I love the partnership that forms when I can sit down with a content expert and make magic happen 🙂 Last spring I had the opportunity toContinue reading “Where’s Joey? Engaging Students in Real World Problem Solving”

What if students “fail?” Assessing More than Just the Right Answer in a Math Class

Last spring I had the opportunity to partner with a math teacher who wanted to create a problem based learning opportunity for her students. Together, we wrote a problem called “Where’s Joey?” which required students to use their math skills to locate a kidnap victim based on a single cell phone call. This was theContinue reading “What if students “fail?” Assessing More than Just the Right Answer in a Math Class”

Facilitating Healthy Struggle in the Classroom

As an instructional coach, I am often helping teachers try a new way of instructing in their classrooms.  In high schools, this shift is a little harder for teachers who were taught with lecture, taught how to lecture, and have spent a good part of their careers delivering lectures. In my experiences, I have foundContinue reading “Facilitating Healthy Struggle in the Classroom”