Reaching Out to Like-Minded Educators – Exciting or Scary?

I just had one of the coolest things happen. I received an email from someone who has a similar position in their school district, and she asked a few questions (I redacted her name and school, just for privacy’s sake): Hi Amy, My name is “Ms. Technology” and I’m a Tech Integration Specialist with XYZ School […]

Teacher Interview Questions to Determine Expertise, Collaboration, and Fit

Over the course of the last week, I have had the honor of participating in several teacher interviews for my district. It has been a fascinating process for me, because the principals I was observing had such an interesting style of doing interviews. The principals had concocted this interview protocol rubric, that had each of […]

How Can I Write About Technology in Education, When I’m Not the Expert?

A lot of people have been asking me why I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ve given the standard “I’m busy right now” answer, but I hadn’t realized that wasn’t why I wasn’t posting. I haven’t been posting, because in the position I’m in right now, I’m not the expert. Let me explain. A lot […]

Creating a “Culture of Sharing” is Vital to School Improvement

It used to be that teachers had no idea what was going on in the classroom next to theirs. Some teachers are great sharers. My very first teaching job, I had a wonderful co-teacher who shared everything with me. We had a common planning period, and he absolutely taught me everything I knew about how […]

This One Key Difference Will Make the Difference in Your School Leadership #Infographic

The educational landscape is changing, and at a rapid pace. As we continue to educate our students, we’ve had to shift from memorization and rote skills, to fostering lifelong learning and adaptation. The traditional school leaders that we all grew up with (department chairs, principals, superintendents, professors) must evolve as well. Leaders in schools cannot […]

To Thrill, or To Teach? #edchat

The first day, in front of a new group of students. Maybe you were thrilled. Maybe you were terrified. The definition of a thrill is temporary excitement, usually experienced for the first time. It’s thrilling to ride a roller coaster. The fifth time you have to ride it, though, it’s more than a chore, it’s […]

When given the option, I’d rather learn from success

When we want our students to be able to pass a test, who do you want tutoring your students? Kids who passed their tests, or failures? When we want our teachers to improve, who does the professional development? Professors from a university program, or teachers who hate teaching? When we want our child to learn […]

A Passport to Global Citizenship #Infographic

As many of you know, I have been fortunate enough to travel the world. I have two amazing parents who valued travel and adventure. We have been on scuba diving excursions in The Caribbean and South Africa, hiked The Galapagos Islands, and toured Australia. I’ve been to Spanish language school in Puebla, Mexico, and took […]

The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned From Successful Educators AKA A “Snapshot of Greatness.”

There is no way I  could boil “education” down to a top five list for the over-arching theme. One thing I do, however, that helps me, is to make a top 5 list when I see someone doing it right. A “Snapshot of Greatness.” For example: One of the best teachers I remember from Texas […]

All My Best Lessons Are The Ones I Haven’t Taught… Yet.

I so envy my child. He’s 8 years old, and the minute his head hits the pillow at night, he’s out. Peaceful slumber. How does he do that? When I lie awake at night, I often rehearse the day’s events. I should have said _____. I should have done _____ differently. Why didn’t I tell […]