Category: Leadership

Filling in the Gaps – A Must in Digital Learning

Some of the misconceptions of teaching and learning in a digital environment is that instruction comes from the computer and the teacher’s role is primarily making sure students have fixed attention to their computer screen. Part of this reasoning has developed from how we were taught and even…

 Work From Home – Innovating Work During Inclement Weather 

Snow days bring unparalleled joy to students [and educators]. Anticipating and finally hearing the cancellation of school on the news, and now on social media, is almost a childhood entitlement. For most educators, this is welcome news, borderline excitement. I’m convinced that the inner child…

I’m Not Afraid of the Door Handle

We are very intentional in our work to make change and trying make teachers feel safe and respected in our endeavors to change students’ lives. I’m very careful to avoid using words like ‘successful’ and ‘right’ because I think it promotes previous stereotypes and…

Value of Shattering Comfort Zones

Great things happen in classrooms, in department planning, with school cultures, when we are willing to challenge ourselves. Current students don’t get the ‘Day 23 Activity from the file cabinet’ because the teacher is willing to let go of an activity he/she feels good about…

When Does Profound Learning Occur?

I’m becoming more cognizant of how and how often I am using the term ‘learning.’ Like most, I’ve been using it mainly to describe how well students regurgitate facts and associate it with an achievement score.  I was recently sharing with some principals in…

Engagement vs Empowerment

Student engagement has always been a critical goal for how we set up classrooms and develop lesson plans. Ensuring that we have a tight time frame of activities and that we were monitoring students of on-task behaviors were [and are] essentials. This defined quality lesson…

Lowered Expectations

Teaching is one of the most fulfilling professions ever. Ask any teacher who’s had a previous student return to talk fondly about their time in the classroom and you’ll know what makes this job so rewarding. But along with this fulfillment comes some of the…