You Never Truly Know Your Reach

Today was the first day of the ASCD Conference. At a conference this size, there are so many opportunities – sometimes too many. My conference menu consisted two key-note sessions. One with Daniel Pink and the other with Sir Ken Robinson. I attended break out sessions on Leadership Coaching, a session where a school districts […]

What Song Takes You Back?

Yesterday the warm temperatures in Iowa caused me to dream about spring. Today I am freezing! If you don’t like the weather in Iowa, just wait a few minutes and it is likely to change! The sunny, almost spring day, prompted me to have the car washed inside and out. It was time to remove […]

And the Oscar Goes To…(Part 2)

Back in 2011 I wrote a similar post And the Oscar Goes To… In that post I reflected on who I would give an Oscar to in my life at that time. That post just happened to be about some amazing 5th bloggers, their teachers and support staff I had the opportunity to work with. […]

You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Eleanor Roosevelt was a very wise woman! There are experience in our lives that have profound effects. Experiences that change us. Experiences that open our eyes. Experiences we will remember for a lifetime.  Experiences we never thought possible. During this Thanksgiving season one in particular came to mine. One I am very thankful for the experience! […]

Never Stop Learning

cc licensed flickr photo shared by deeplifequotes “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” ~ Abigail Adams Do you ever get a song stuck in your head? Does it play over and over and over again? Does it play when you are awake and even when you […]

Random Acts of Kindness

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown On Friday, November 27, 2012, I woke to the NBC Today Show’s clip of the NYPD officer who came to the aid of a homeless man in New York City by buying […]

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 […]

Erase Bullying

cc licensed flickr photo shared by TheBeachSaint This post is a cross-post of a weekly newsletter I write for the staff of two schools where I serve as an instructional coach. There has been much publicity around the movie BULLY, some of which was shot right here in Sioux City, Iowa.  The movie has helped […]
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Location, Location, Location

cc licensed flickr photo shared by Gene Wilburn In business, location is everything. The same holds true in education. Parents desire schools that are a safe distance from home. Teacher need instructional resources at their finger tips. Administrators should be visible on the school campus and in classrooms daily. For me, Twitter is my 24/7 […]
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A Master Teacher

Over the course of the last 14 weeks I have had the opportunity to watch a Master Teacher at work. I discovered her in an unlikely place and have become a better educator because of her teaching techniques. This story begins when I rescued a 4-year-old Schnoodle this past summer. Knowing that I had high […]