People Remember How You Made Them Feel

Click the link and watch this First: https://youtu.be/TjXKS6ONtLQ I shared this video with the teachers at my school and I also wrote the text that I will copy and paste into this post.  It reads as follows: One of my strengths and weaknesses is I’m just about willing to share every aspect of my life with…

The Power of “Yet”

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending some time with some colleagues to do interviews.  Between the interviews, we conversed about some things, but most of the best times were when we had the chance to really speak to one another about things going on at the schools within the county.  Somehow, we started…

That Ain’t Normal…By Any Means.

I’ve been reading this book, “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog,” and although the title seems a bit extreme, it’s a book about how these clinicians have worked with kids who have been impacted by trauma.  As I read it last night, I made a note; the author highlighted how the brain develops…

I Need to See the Principal…RIGHT NOW!

I laughed typing the title of this post, and really I need to call my previous boss to apologize to her.  I can remember popping into her office frequently because I had questions, and she was always welcoming and helpful.  This is the same tone that I have with my faculty and staff, but I…

Fostering Independent Learners #1: Responding to “I Don’t Know”

Right now, I’m finishing teaching this online class where we discuss strategies to engage learners.  It’s interesting because the class is structured to cater to K-6 teachers, but I find the strategies can be used K-12.  One of the first nuggets of teaching wisdom I came across was how teachers should respond when students respond…

My Community Learns Professionally…I Think

My first year as a school teacher changed the way I view many things.  I always felt like I didn’t have enough planning time, no matter how much planning I got done.  There was always some data that needed to be analyzed, and there were always papers that needed to be graded.  As an English/Language…

Develop the Plan, and Remember the Lessons

I was speaking with one of my former students a few weeks ago who has gone on to college now.  Its always interesting to speak to my students at the age of 18 and 19 because there’s a level of maturity that happens that is great.  For me, sometimes I still see them as 14-year-olds,…

Doing the Right Work

I’ve been reflecting on my school year so far, more so now than ever because we are coming to the close of our first semester.  After analyzing some of the data that we’ve gathered over the past couple of months, I’m able to see that there is still a lot of work to do for…

Measuring Student Proficiency…and Reporting It Accurately

I started doing research in 2008 on grading and reporting, and that research eventually led to my dissertation topic, which was titled, “Teacher and Parent Dispositions of Grading Practices in Differentiated Middle School Classrooms.”  From the research I gathered, I was able to see that teachers implemented different practices, some of which were not aligned…