How would your students describe your literacy program?

There’s nothing that makes you question yourself more than a job interview. It’s a truly soul-baring experience. When else do you answer questions like, “How do you see yourself stepping into the roll as a mentor to your colleagues?” or “What is your biggest strength?” Even the “simple” questions can cause some squirming if you…… Continue reading How would your students describe your literacy program?

Make Reading in Class More Like Social Media 

Sometimes good ideas pop up seemingly from nowhere! I was just finishing up participating in a Twitter chat (#CowetaEdChat), and I remembered that I downloaded a kindle book I really should read. Why haven’t I started reading it yet? Well, because, frankly, reading is fun, but Twitter is addictive. You can interact with people, get…… Continue reading Make Reading in Class More Like Social Media 

Twitter Overload

My thoughts are jumbled. Could be the fact that I have newborn and I haven’t slept more than a few hours at a stretch for three weeks. It could also be because of Twitter. I wasn’t a Twitter fan. I admit. I tried it a few years ago and stopped using it after giving it…… Continue reading Twitter Overload

How Much Tech in School is Too Much?

I wouldn’t have asked myself the question above five years ago. I’ve been passionate about technology in the classroom for as long as I’ve been teaching. I’ve been fortunate to work in an international school also focused on developing tech resources, and my teaching has evolved dramatically in line with this objective. I heard an ECE colleague…… Continue reading How Much Tech in School is Too Much?

Assessment FUNdamentals

I’m not sure any teacher out there would think of assessment as “fun,” but we all recognize it as a fundamental part of teaching and learning. If students don’t know how they’re doing, what they’re doing well and what they need to improve, then learning is pretty scatty and haphazard, perhaps not happening at all.…… Continue reading Assessment FUNdamentals

B- with Recognition for Effort: Examining Grading and Reporting Practices

It’s taken me a while to admit that I’ll never be the perfect teacher. It’s a ridiculous idea, but deep down, a perfectionist personality type will ALWAYS try. Our internal scale goes from “lousy” to “perfect”. Except it isn’t a scale; life is Pass/Fail. We don’t settle for anything less than perfection and will put…… Continue reading B- with Recognition for Effort: Examining Grading and Reporting Practices

Discovery Learning, the Revolutionary War & Colonial North America

I shared a story tonight with colleagues about one distinct period in my life that began when I was a pre-adolescent. As a homeschooler, I had a lot of freedom to investigate topics that interested me. As far as I can guess, I think my fascination with revolutionary and colonial North America came from the fact…… Continue reading Discovery Learning, the Revolutionary War & Colonial North America