I recently introduced teachers of English language learners to a variety of technology tools that can be integrated into the classroom. These tools are actually beneficial for all classrooms. It has been said many times that as teachers we are preparing students for THEIR futures, not our past. We need to take a hard look […]

The Journey

cc licensed flickr photo shared by madlyinlovewithlife I took the plunge into this grand blogsphere on August 9, 2010. I started this blog as a journey – my journey as a learner leading to a principal position to empower and inspire all learners in the 21st Century. About two years later and one-hundred posts, I […]

Discover Writing!

http://blog.writingspirit.com/2012/06/10-steps-to-becoming-a-better-writer-by-brain-clark-copyblogger.html   Writing. Writing has been on my mind. It has been on my mind a lot. I am nearing the 2nd year anniversary of my blog and this post marks my 99th contribution to the blogsphere. The 10 tips above hit home. There are some days I have to force myself to write and […]
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Summer 2012 Blog Challenge – Be Unstoppable!

cc licensed flickr photo shared by Melody Campbell A good friend and writing partner, Jessica Johnson (aka @principalj) recently wrote about the Summer 2o12 Blog Challenge initiated by Bill Carozza (aka @wcarozza) in his post Five Reasons Educators Should Blog.  I love a good challenge – so I’ve decided to take the plunge. My blogging […]
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Boji’s Blog

Are you looking for a way to motivate young readers? A few weeks ago my 4-year-old Schnoodle named Boji started his own blog! You might say writing and reflecting runs in the family! Boji began his career as a therapy dog this past spring and decided blogging would be a good way to share his […]

Look for the Cognates when Learning a New Language

cc licensed flickr photo shared by mrsdkrebs Each week I write a newsletter entitled The Learning Journey for the educators at the two school I serve as an instructional coach. Teachers lead busy lives. It is my hope that the weekly newsletter can streamline ideas on a variety of instructional strategies. The following post includes […]

Think-Pair-Share Variations

Learning is a collaborative venture. The more we can provide opportunities for our students to think, collaborate and learn from each other – the more we are preparing them for their futures! Do you use the strategy Think-Pair-Share in your classroom? The Think-Pair-Share strategy is a three-step collaborative learning structure developed by Dr. Frank Lyman […]

Teach a Child to Fish …

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime. ~Chinese Proverb I have assisted several fifth grade classrooms with blogging projects. I have watched student engagement increase and the motivation to write soar. Teachers and students have thrived […]

Chase Down Your Passion Like it’s the Last Bus of the Night!

My Journey to Become a 21st Century Principal. I recently read a blog post entitled 21 Signs you are a 21st Century Principal at Simple K12.  The post could not have come at a more perfect time. Currently I am chasing down my passion to become an elementary principal. View my “About Me” site for […]

Educators ARE Writers

“Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself. No one likes to live a lie. Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do.”  ~Vince Poscente I’ve mentioned many times in blog posts that I’ve been a reluctant writer throughout my life. As I […]