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 […]

We Shape Our (Technology) Tools, and Then Our (Technology) Tools Shape Us

Innovation is Not About Stuff, It’s About Our Way of Thinking We often hear about this new innovation that we HAVE to purchase. If we purchase this program, this tool, this technology, it will TRANSFORM the way we do things. And then we wonder how we ended up with all this useless, outdated stuff, laying […]

Teaching with Fear, or Teaching with Hope?

Some teachers teach using fear. Fear of getting in trouble, fear of failure, fear of tests, fear of getting behind, fear of oppression, fear of the system, fear of government, fear of getting fired, fear of missing out, fear of kicking the kid of his team, fear of not getting into college, fear of humiliation, […]

What is Your Personal Mission As An Educational Leader?

Q: What do you want your students to do? You might say “learn all the material” or “be kind to each other” or “work well together” or “understand the curriculum.” Your school may have a mission statement. “Prepare learners of the future.” “Inspire all students.” “Develop College and Career Readiness.” “Empower all Students to Become […]