Attention: Instructional Coaches

Instructional Coaching programs are usually initiated because a school/district/or outside agency has a DREAM or vision to add instructional coaching positions as a support system for the educators in the building. Coaching can be somewhat of an isolated position, especially if there are minimal coaches at a school. Collaboration among coaches is just as important […]

Super Bowl Commercials: Thinking Devices

On Sunday, February 6, 2011 I was among the 111 million viewers that tuned into the Super Bowl XLV. This became the most watched program in US history. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of football. I did not have a favored team. I am one of the many that watch the […]

Engaged, Involved and Accountable…

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin Holding students accountable for learning is a key characteristic of effective classrooms. This doesn’t have to mean exposing students to numerous worksheets, assignments, quizzes or tests to check for their understanding. There are many ways to hold students […]

The Power of One-on-One

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller I love seeing more and more schools move to the 1:1 concept – linking each student with their own computer and in turn a globalize/collaborative learning environment. It is my goal to someday work in such an environment. In the […]

Lessons from Alice

“When Alice tried the little golden key in the lock, the door opened to reveal a passage into the loveliest garden she had ever seen.  But she was much too big to fit through the door.  In her tour of the room, she found on the table a little bottle with the words “Drink Me.”  […]