How Is The View?

The other day it was raining, pouring actually. I immediately started thinking about what a pain it would be to get my youngest in and out of the car and how soaked we would be as we ran errands. I started dreading the day before […]

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Inspiration is Everywhere…

When was the last time you felt inspired?  My most recent source of inspiration actually came from a Halls cough drop. It reminded me of something I have been thinking about.   How are we putting our ideas into action? What are we actually doing? As […]

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Island Life Isn’t Always Easy

Over the last few weeks, several teachers have mentioned that they feel like they are on an island. Now, just to be clear, they weren’t describing warm sun, white sand, and crystal blue water. The experience they described was much different. They were talking about […]

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Yes, and…

Last night, right before bed, my 9-year-old remembered he needed to set up his Leprechaun trap. It was late and I was tired. Just as I was getting ready to tell him that he just needed to get into bed, he reached for a notebook and […]

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Classroom Climate

As an Innovation Specialist, often teachers feel like I want to see something with bells and whistles or a new activity that uses the latest technology. While I believe technology can enhance learning and provide more opportunities for students to collaborate and communicate, technology alone isn’t what […]

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The Future is Ours

I recently received an email from a teacher titled “dreaming big…” Just the title of the email spoke volumes. This teacher is willing to think bigger than she has in the past in order to inspire her students. If we want our students to dream big, we must be […]

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Take A Risk

 Take a risk. Three words that are being said over and over as teachers head back to school. Model risk taking for your students. Take a chance with something new. Step outside of your comfort zone.  I agree with all of these statements and try to take […]

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Human Infrastructure

 Dr. Mark Edwards shared these powerful words during my visit to Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina. This district has received a lot of attention for their digital conversion, and after the visit, I understood why. Nothing about this district appeared to be “showy.” Instead of […]

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Who Are You Cheering For?

 PETE&C 2016 was filled with cheering. Educators were cheering for keynote speakers, presenters, and also for one another. People were sharing ideas and were genuinely interested in what they could learn from the people in the room. George Couros led an activity that had everyone cheering […]

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Ignite

All of us have a spark. Something that drives us. An energy that makes us who we are. As educators, we are passionate about learning, but at times, this fire may die down. This past summer, I attended my first ISTE conference and I was […]

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