I noticed the last publication of Educational Leadership was all about teacher driven professional development. I have not had time to really dig into the ideas yet, but it seems to make good sense. In our classrooms we are offering students choice as means of engagement, so why would we not do the same for… Continue reading Staying Connected by Being Connected
The title of this blog post is a reaction to a very interesting and motivating chat I was part of this morning. I drag my butt out of bed every Saturday morning before 7:30, throw some coffee on and join #leadupchat because I am so inspired by the conversation and the people who gather there.… Continue reading How Do I KNOW?
Everywhere we turn in the media are interviews and information about job stress. I have seen multiple articles, posts and studies lately about the teaching profession and how many young teachers we are losing due to job stress and other reasons. The statistics show that our young teachers are only staying in the profession for… Continue reading Staying the Course
As many of you know when I was taking my master's degree I learned so many things that changed my entire philosophy of education. Learning from people like Alec Couros and Dean Shareski opened my ideas to many ideas that I had never even thought of before. My first experience in an open education course… Continue reading January 2015 #pdale Teacher Twitter Challenge
I have enthusiastically signed up for a dcmooc.ca (massive open online course) on digital citizenship offered by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and facilitated by Alec Couros, JoAnn Sanders and Katia Hildibrant. The course was set up as part of Saskatchewan's action plan to address bullying and cyber bullying. As I was attending the first session last week… Continue reading Diving into @DCMOOC
Most people who know me know that I am passionate about engaging students with technology. Not technology for the sake of using it, but rather technology because we can and because we should and because and when it just makes sense. My view on educational pedagogy totally changed a few years ago when I took my Masters… Continue reading Being Connected No Longer an Option
I spent my Friday meeting with most of my teachers for the mid year check in of their professional growth plans. It was a great way to spend the day and I love spending time getting to know my staff. We rarely have opportunities that are not rushed or focused on too many things. We talked… Continue reading Meeting the Needs of Teachers
At some point this year I set the goal of writing on my blog at least once a week. That is a difficult goal when balancing work and family, but writing is something I enjoy that allows me a creative outlet for my thoughts. Lately though, I have been to my blog, but feel like I… Continue reading Why I use Twitter…
I was recently lamenting about August 1 coming and the end of summer fast approaching. Now I am already racing into September and my mind is whirling with thoughts about how we can make this year the best year it can be. I keep coming back in my mind to the idea of "Teach Less,… Continue reading Teach Less, Learn More?