Four Recurring Themes In Adult Learning and Their Implications for PD

I originally wrote this reflection for a doctoral course called “Professional Learning in Education” but there are a few gems of information in it worth sharing. Four Recurring Themes in Adult Learning and their Implications for PD In the late 1960’s and 1970’s, researchers attempted to distinguish differences between learning in adulthood and childhood. TheContinue reading “Four Recurring Themes In Adult Learning and Their Implications for PD”

7 Tips for Making Over Your Learning Space on a Budget

When I started my new role as a high school librarian two years ago, the space was less than welcoming. While the architecture was beautiful – two-story ceilings, lots of windows with natural lights, great traffic flow – the furniture, paint, layout and overall atmosphere left something to be desired. So with very little budget,Continue reading “7 Tips for Making Over Your Learning Space on a Budget”

How Policy is Affecting Professional Learning…and What You Can Do About It!

I initially wrote this reflection for a doctoral course called “Professional Learning in Education.” The texts we are reading have been very insightful, so I decided to share a few snippets of my learning with all of you as well 🙂 How Policy is Affecting Professional Learning…and What You Can Do About It!  Most stateContinue reading “How Policy is Affecting Professional Learning…and What You Can Do About It!”

Professional Development vs. Professional Learning

I originally wrote this as a reflection for a doctoral course I am taking in Professional Learning for Educators. When class first began, our teacher made it very clear that we would NOT be learning about professional development, but instead we would be studying professional learning. I was immediately intrigued and curious about the difference.Continue reading “Professional Development vs. Professional Learning”

Celebrating a Culture of Respect and Appreciation

The high school I have spent the last two years working in has a fairly diverse student body. There are a variety of ethnic groups, sure, but even more than that, there are SO MANY amazing groups of kids who are celebrating what they love. There are sports and activities and clubs for everyone, andContinue reading “Celebrating a Culture of Respect and Appreciation”

Connecting with Their Principal Through The Power of Twitter

When Oswego East High School’s administration team decided to promote a school wide hash tag for use on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, we really just wanted a fun way to hear more student voice and connect our ever-growing community of students, teachers, and parents. While #oewolfpride did these things, the hash tagContinue reading “Connecting with Their Principal Through The Power of Twitter”

The Day the Students Found Their Voice

It all started with one tweet… Just one week prior to this tweet, our administrative team decided to start promoting a school hashtag as a way of giving students some voice in the school. There were a few bumps in the road, but we felt that if teachers and student leaders continued to model appropriateContinue reading “The Day the Students Found Their Voice”

Learning from Inappropriate Content on Our School Hashtag

It would be a lie to say that giving students some social media voice in our school went smoothly from the start. When we began using #oewolfpride during the spring of 2014, we really didn’t have much of a plan in place for promoting it or monitoring the feed, and we certainly had not hadContinue reading “Learning from Inappropriate Content on Our School Hashtag”