Educational Technology | Teaching and Learning

Got Consent? These Kinders Do!

When Sandy invited me into her kindergarten classroom to co-teach an iPad lesson, I thought it’d be a fun opportunity to not only visit a friend, but to engage with some littles. Let me just start by saying, I could never teach kindergarten. Kinder teachers have such a unique job – they are not only […]

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Teaching and Learning

Learning to Stand

Just in case the only thing missing from your day is a baby flamingo learning to stand on one leg. pic.twitter.com/em5N6ogg69 — Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) July 23, 2019 A young flamingo has to learn how to stand on one leg. And like the flamingo, our students need to learn executive functioning skills for school success. […]

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Leadership | Teaching and Learning

Excel at Everything! Do it RIGHT NOW!

Last week, I asked a teacher I admire if she wanted to share some of her passions with my blog readers. Her answer made me sad. She said she didn’t feel like she had done anything worth sharing this year – new grade level, new school, etc. had all left her feeling like she was […]

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Design Thinking | Leadership | Teaching and Learning

Students Are Changing the World NOW

Last night, my district received the Innovate Award for its District Design 2022 initiative. This initiative is focused on providing an extraordinary school experience for all students. Using the Design Thinking mindset, curiosity is promoted as students seek out real world problems and formulate innovative solutions. Students connect with contemporary and historical issues, and with […]

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Hierarchy of Agency
Personalization of Learning | Teaching and Learning

Guest Blog Post: A Teacher’s Changing Mindset on Student Agency

By Emily Mackie, 5th grade teacher As mentioned in my Exploring Agency and Personalization blog on December 15th, I’ve been working with teachers to to better understand the principles of agency and personalization. As these are key elements of our district’s vision and mission, it is important to be able to articulate what those principles […]

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Plan-Do-Study-Act
Leadership | Personalization of Learning | Teaching and Learning

Powering Personalization

For the next two months, I get the honor to spend time, like serious, dedicated, reflective time, with three groups of teachers as we dive deep into the concepts of personalization and agency. Our goal is to define how these terms are demonstrated in an elementary classroom: What teacher moves are present? What are our […]

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