Last week I discovered Brad Gustafson’s new book, Renegade Leadership. I follow Brad on Twitter and often read his blog posts. I began reading his book and became particularly inspired by this quote, “We are kidding ourselves if we think we can merely delegate learning to our staff while somehow maintaining relevance as school leaders.” … More My Why
I love this quote. I have the quote on a magnet in my classroom and have frequently talked about it with my students. I believe in modeling being a learner with students, parents, colleagues, and the greater community. Over the past year, I completed a demanding one year graduate program, worked a full-time teaching job, … More Risk Taking: A Lesson in Humility
This post was collaboratively written by: Jessica Johnson Melissa Emler Heidi Hutchison Iram Khan Kaye Henrickson Tia Henriksen Image from Pixabay In a recent discussion in our Women in Leadership voxer group, we came to the realization that opportunities for us to hear female education leaders speak as keynote presenters at conferences are a rare … More Where Are the Women Keynote Speakers?
The past year I have been working on finishing my graduate degree and I am finally almost there! It is hard to believe a year has gone by. I have learned so much about leadership in independent, boarding and public schools, but mostly, I have learned about the leader living inside of me. It is hard … More Walking the Talk–A Year in Review
I was lucky enough to attend EdCamp Leadership in Philadelphia yesterday with my principal. I was nervous and excited to see some of my PLN in person. I know people have written about this before, but it truly is so exciting to meet people in person. I feel like a dorky, nerdy educational groupie! Seriously, I … More EdCamp Leadership 2014
allthingslearning.wordpress.com I have been frustrated lately in my current new 5th grade position. I have been impatient, and critical, and negative. I am happy to say that most of this has been in my head. However, some of this negativity has been shared with my poor husband in our house, and I am embarrassed to … More Continuing the Old Factory Model of Education and Expecting 21st Century Results
Why Do a Kid EdCamp? There were many take-aways from doing our first ever Kid EdCamp that can be simply stated in a list, and I love lists! 1. Students are motivated by voice and choice. 2. Students are able to be self-directed learners as presenters and participants. 3. Students are able to practice and … More Kid EdCamp 2014
I have been thinking of writing this post for the past six months. Blogging has done more for my students’ writing than anything I have ever tried. Students are writing so much that it is hard for me to keep up with them! Here is how I began: 1. Students need to be able to … More 10 Easy Steps to Teach Writing through Blogging
Monday, November 18th at 8 pm EST, I will be doing a presentation on the global PBL I attempted with my students last year called The #Malala Project. I am so, so nervous to present! I decided, however, that I would ask myself to do the very thing I ask students to do everyday…take a … More Global EdCon Project Reflection and Launch!
I have to admit, when I considered using The One and Only Ivan as my first core novel in 5th grade, I was a little worried. I know that most kids love animals and I thought that would be motivating for students to launch into a PBL on some aspect of animals; however, I, myself, am … More PBL-An Empathy Builder for Teachers… Who Knew?