I Learned. At an Edcamp.

#EdcampKC this past Saturday was my 7th Edcamp. It is, by far, my favorite form of professional development. The grassroots effort behind the planning, the delivery, the sessions, the conversations, the learning…it’s all real. When 300 educators come together on a Saturday, to improve what they do, it’s real. Edcamps aren’t pretentious. There are no…

No More Should Be

It went something like this… 400 students sat on the gym floor while an esteemed teacher received an award for her hard work, innovation, and dedication to her practice. The staff surrounded the kids monitoring their students and looking on as the teacher accepted her award. They all looked genuinely happy and supportive of their…

Silence

It is my belief that educators have stories to share that showcase the amazing work that they do on a daily basis. We have stories about relationships that have been fostered against all odds, achievement that happened despite the averages, student-led initiatives that compelled others to do the unthinkable, and even innovative ways that we…

The Weight Issue and Funhouse Mirrors

I distinctly remember trying a diet of pretzels and ice cubes the summer before third grade. I thought it would help me lose weight. Surprise, it didn’t. Since then, I can’t count the number of diets I’ve been on, pounds lost, pounds gained, and the internal struggle I have fought with my weight. I have…

One Hook

The visit to UCF’s Emerging Media campus allowed us to see the intersection of many of the ideas we’ve been studying. We’ve studied game theory and design, and learning is the process that continually happens throughout the course of this program. Therefore, it seemed natural that we look at all three concepts in a unique…

In My Element

Ever have those moments when you know you are in your element and connections are being made all throughout the day? Welcome to my day at FETC with my Pepperdine MALT cadre. I advocate for people to be using social media and building their personal learning network often. But it’s in the rare moments when…

Taking it to the Streets

Have you seen the “Honk If You Love Someone” video? If not, you really should! It doesn’t have nearly the amount of views that it should… I shared this video with my staff upon our return to school last week and many enjoyed it and said it made them smile.  But then there was a…