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Get Ready for the #educoach Blog Challenge

  Note: This blog challenge ran in the month of October 2015. Participants like the challenge so much that they wanted to make it permanent. You can find more details about the current challenge here. I have been co-moderating the #educoach chat for the past for years with Jessica Johnson and Shira Leibowitz. Our chat can […]
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#educoach is now on REMIND

The #educoach hashtag has been used by instructional coaches around the world for the past 4 years! We chat each Wednesday at 9pm CST on Twitter and use the hashtag throughout the week to share resources, ask questions and collaborate with instructional coaches. If you haven’t joined us, I hope you will look for us […]
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A New Administrator’s Journey

Back-to-school supplies are starting to line the shelves. Administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers have goals swimming around in their heads, even while they’re still enjoying their summer breaks. Educators new to positions have many questions as well. How will I build relationships with new staff and students? How will I monitor my impact? How will […]
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#EduCoach Turns 4

Four years ago a single tweet changed everything! As an instructional coach I was looking for others in similar positions to add to my Twitter PLN. I had witnessed first hand the power of Twitter and the various Twitter Chats that were populating the landscape. Yet, I had not found one specific for instructional coaches. […]
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Is Cursive Necessary?

As an educational consultant I get all types of questions from teachers. Many questions are reflections as they ponder the ever changing field of education. Recently a teacher asked if other teachers were still teaching cursive handwriting. As we talked about the pros and cons of the topic it was clear she was rethinking her day-to-day schedule. […]
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Let’s Work Smarter, Not Harder

Instructional leaders, both administrators and coaches, work hard to be effective. Their to-do lists are often never ending. They wear many, many hats. And sometimes they feel less than effective as the grind of paperwork and the wide variety of tasks take hold. To manage their time, many instructional leaders develop their own tools to […]
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I Teach, What’s Your Super Power

Imagine you are a fourth grade student. You live in poverty. You don’t know where your next meal will come. You witness things that no 10 year old should ever have to see. You are lost and afraid – but for 6+ hours a day you are safe. You are cared for. Your needs are […]
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Greetings from ASCD15

The 70th Annual ASCD Conference and Exhibit Show opened today. The theme is Challenging Convention: Leading Disruptive Innovations. There is something here for everyone! The 183 page program booklet can be daunting at times. There is so much to take in and so little time. Today’s post is just a brief reflection on each session […]
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Spring Brings Happiness

Spring is in the air. A perfect day to Celebrate International Day of Happiness! The photo above was taken during a beautiful spring time walk in Houston as I attend the ASCD Conference. Last year, during the Slice of Life Challenge, I wrote Quotes about Writing –  Pick One – Go. I described a favorite opening activity […]
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If You Build It, They Will Come

One of Iowa’s “Claims to Fame” is the movie Field of Dreams. The primary movie location was Dubuque County, Iowa on a farm near Dyersville. My mother’s family is from around Dyersville, so the setting was extra special. Several years ago we took a trip of the area. A famous line in the movie comes from the voices Ray Kinsella, […]