It Will Take as Long as it Takes

How are you doing with the goals that your students set at the beginning of the school year?  Are they completed and are your students are working on new ones?  Are they still in progress and your students are faithfully plugging away to reach them?  Or are they simply posted on the wall, lingering there[…]

The Role of Relationships and Excitement in Learning

If you know me, you will know that I believe in real, true relationships, not relationships that are surface level or one sided.  I believe that relationships should be mutually beneficial and both people should gain from the interactions and learn from one another.  I also believe that everything I do should have a purpose.[…]

What’s the State of Your Bicycle?

As we wrap up another school year, I find this time bitter sweet.  I am excited to send the students off armed with another year of knowledge, yet I am overwhelmed with thoughts about the year – what has occurred, what could have occurred and what will occur next year in my life as an[…]

Where to Start with Systematic Change and the Role of Alignment

In our fast paced world we want and expect things instantaneously. One of my good friends calls this the “Drive-Thru Syndrome”. Couple this expectation of instant gratification to the high pressure demands of rapid improvement and you end up with a disastrous plan for systematic implementation and growth that likely will not stick. There are[…]

Personalized Learning: What about Me, the Teacher?

Anyone who has had a two minute conversation with me knows I am all in when it comes to personalized learning.  I have studied everything from the Institute for Personalized Learning at CESA 1, all of the work of Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey, as well as the big names in blended learning, trying to[…]