Renew

https://www.flickr.com/photos/676/184573392/sizes/o/”Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~BuddhaIt seems to be that time of year again. When you pause and take stock of a life well lived ov…

Deeper Thinking: Using Mashed Potatoes to Fight Pushback

Every time I roll out a new activity or program to increase the depth of knowledge for my students, they are never as excited as I am. None of them. While there are a range of reactions, to a student they are either thinking or voicing the fact they would rather just take a quiz. As educators, we often feel the same way about lesson planning and professional development.

Back to my Roots

https://www.flickr.com/photos/free_for_commercial_use/14168987399/sizes/lTime.It stands still for no one. It marches along, one second at a time, and before you know it? Those minutes and hours turn quickly into days, months, and years.  It seems …

For Blair, A PLN Tribute

During the summer of 2016, a group of educators found each other on Twitter and what came of that connection became the very first PLN (professional learning network) I have ever had the privilege of being a part of.  We came from different places…

Brain Science + Share + #Sketchnotes=1-2-3 Win for Students!

A favorite time of year for me is most definitely Christmas. I freaking love it. The decorating, the shopping for others, secret Santa fun, giving back to the community, the family and friend get-togethers are just a few of the reasons I love this time of year. As of last year, a new reason for absolutely loving December is the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit put on by author and speaker, Matt Miller.

If It Snows, We Go!

I remember a certain day during my third year of teaching as if it was yesterday. That was ten years ago, but I remember it clearly. It was such an exciting day. My first graders were learning about fractions, so we made pizzas at school. We used fract…