Repeat after me: Academic Databases are the Netflix for Nerds!

As a high school librarian, I know how important it is for my students to navigate and utilize academic databases. Ninety five percent of our students graduate with plans to continue their education, and will be expected to conduct research through their college or university library subscriptions. Teaching students to navigate the databases is notContinue reading “Repeat after me: Academic Databases are the Netflix for Nerds!”

We’re so much cooler online…

Have you heard the Brad Paisley song, I’m So Much Cooler Online? The lyrics to that song, specifically the chorus, have been going through my head a lot in the last few weeks. I have had Library Media Center Directors and technology leaders from around the area contacting me to see if they could make aContinue reading “We’re so much cooler online…”

PD in Your PJs

I have written before about the differences between professional development and professional learning. In short, I am working to promote professional learning as a mindset instead of an event. In order to support this shift, we are attempting to enhance what the PD we offer through our district looks like. Traditionally, courses have been offered face toContinue reading “PD in Your PJs”

Making the Mundane MAGICAL!

I was driving my daughter to dance class this week when we hit a stop light at a pretty major intersection in town. My kids quickly noticed a young man standing on the corner holding a sign advertising $5 pizzas. As we watched the kid with the sign,we all grew amazed as he started usingContinue reading “Making the Mundane MAGICAL!”

The Growth Mindset & Professional Development: Six Tips for Instructional Leaders

This reflection was originally written for a doctoral course I am taking called “Professional Learning in Education,” but I thought some of you may also be interested in reading it. The Growth Mindset & Professional Development: Six Tips for Instructional Leaders Education has been abuzz about cultivating a growth mindset in students thanks to theContinue reading “The Growth Mindset & Professional Development: Six Tips for Instructional Leaders”

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”

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”

But God had a different plan in mind…

On our last day of Spring Break, I took my kids to an indoor inflatable playground. While there, I ran into a former student that I fondly remember from her time in my eighth grade Language Arts class. She remembered me too, and immediately came over to say hello. I took Rachel in. She wasContinue reading “But God had a different plan in mind…”

Bring PD to Teachers with The Toilet Paper

My followers have probably seen a tweet or two about “The Toilet Paper” that I hang up in school each week. I have had more than a few questions about it, so I decided to take a moment and give you the low down in this blog post. When I began my job as aContinue reading “Bring PD to Teachers with The Toilet Paper”