I have suits, and lots of them. I used to wear one serveral times a week when I first entered administration. Before that, I was an elementary teacher with recess duty, after school car duty, and reading groups on the carpet. My kids would find comfy places around the room to read and write, and … Continue reading Why My Suits Hang in the Back of My Closet
Over the 18 years I have served in education, I have collected pieces of conversations that grounded me in my beliefs and values in the profession. I have written hundreds of kid quotes down in journals, on sticky notes, in electronic documents, and in my phone. Kids say the darndest things! Some are hilarious, some … Continue reading From the Mouths of Babes Comes Perspective
What do you do when you are trying to do what’s best for kids? We CONNECT. We connect with kids. We connect with parents and families. We connect as teachers. We connect as leaders. We find any way possible to connect, so we can do what is best for our kids. Education was once considered … Continue reading Connecting for Kids
We want you to harness the power of culture and the power of people so that you can develop teachers and schools that are better than ever before. ~Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker Imagine gathering at a local coffee shop with colleagues and friends. You have all decided to set aside time for positive, intentional … Continue reading Recharging Conversation: The Power of the Hashtag
Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing. ~Wayne Dyer Miracles happen every day, I am convinced of it. I am not always a witness, or involved in them. It occurred to me recently that I don't see or experience them often because I do not have a habit of expecting and searching for them. … Continue reading Be a Miracle Helper
Before I begin, let me apologize for the wordsmiths out there who know that 'glitch' and 'niche' rhyme, but look different. It sounds good though! Glitch: a minor problem that causes a temporary setback Niche: a place, status, activity, or employment where someone is best fitted Famous Failures The above video is an example … Continue reading What if Your Glitch is Your Niche?
Discipline and classroom management are two major components of school culture. Within each classroom is a community that runs differently from the next room down the hall. All communities together make up one large community, each contributing to the school's overall culture. Neither can be taken lightly, and when one isn't in place, the environment … Continue reading Moving from a Classroom of Kids to a Community of Learners