Sunday, December 21, 2014

Yeah, I'm always smiling at school, and here are 10 reasons why

  • Smiling conveys positivity and optimism
  • Smiling is contagious
  • It takes far more effort to frown
  • “Peace begins with a smile" - Mother Teresa
  • Smiling helps build a positive culture
  • Great things are happening in our school
  • Smiling helps me keep everything in perspective
  • I enthusiastically chose this profession and am so happy to do it
  • Smiling makes me feel more productive
  • "I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite" - Buddy the Elf

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teacher? Administrator? What’s the Difference?

This is the first post to my blog since transitioning from being a “teacher” to an “administrator”.  If you have read my blog in the past you probably know I often use this space to self reflect on my own learning.  This may explain the long gap between posts, I wanted to try my position on for size for a few weeks first.  I have only been in my new role for a month, but have already realized the two have a great deal in common.


10 Things I Learned as a Teacher that will Help me as an Administrator

  • Organization leads to productivity
  • Having a plan in place each day will help with achieving your goals
  • The importance of  greeting children by name everyday
  • Whether you are in a classroom or around the school, being visible helps students stay connected and engaged
  • Collaboration leads to problem solving
  • Establishing positive relationships with parents is always worth the extra effort
  • Knowing the curriculum will help improve student achievement
  • Modeling is always an effective way to get others to buy in
  • Communication and transparency will earn you trust
  • Culture plays a crucial role in a learning community

Friday, September 26, 2014

What Type Of Educator Are You?

If you have used any social media lately you no doubt have seen those quizzes.  You know, the ones that ask questions that somehow determine, “Which Star Wars character are you?” or “Which utensil are you?”  My “quiz” is structured a little differently in that you get to determine the answer first.  Furthermore, my quiz comes with a challenge.

Find a colleague that best exemplifies one of these traits and thank them for being a great role model

What Type Of Educator Are You?

  • Passionate
  • Optimistic
  • Dedicated
  • Collaborative
  • Flexible
  • Reflective
  • Compassionate 
  • Knowledgeable
  • Committed
  • Innovative

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thank You Highlander

10 Ways Highlander Institute has helped me become an Innovative Educator

Thanks to the Highlander Institute…

  • I have COLLABORATED with amazing educators
  • I have OBSERVED skilled teachers in action
  • I have been exposed to the latest TECHNOLOGY TOOLS
  • I have attended numerous CONFERENCES
  • I have been able to EMPOWER students and teachers
  • I have CONNECTED with hundreds colleagues using Twitter
  • I have improved my skills as a PRESENTER
  • I have been provided with many RESOURCES and TRAINING
  • I have been a part of many LEADERSHIP teams
  • I have LEARNED how to better integrate technology 


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Biggest Little Chat on Twitter…#EdchatRI

If you are my age or older and from Rhode Island, you no doubt get the reference (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDlurD-Sd1w).  With that tune now permanently stuck in my head for the next 48 hours, here are 10 reasons why #EdchatRI is the Biggest Little Chat on Twitter

  • Relevant Topics are discussed each week
  • Diversity of participants and opinions
  • Excellent resources are always shared
  • Enthusiastic educators that motivate and inspire
  • Healthy debate and dialogue
  • Notification of upcoming events
  • Thoughtful professionals with a sense of humor
  • It happens every Sunday night
  • Supportive colleagues to help navigate difficult situations
  • Chance to have your voice heard

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Teacher’s Back to School Checklist

Did I spend time doing what I love this summer?
As educators, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves.

What are my professional goals?
Great teachers have been asking themselves this question long before it was part of any evaluation process.

What is my attitude like heading into the new school year?
Remind yourself of all the reasons why you chose this profession.

Do I know everything I need to know about my assignment?
Often times role and expectations can change. It is much easier to ask for clarification before the students arrive.

Have I received the most current information regarding initiatives, protocols, and procedures?
Things are constantly happening at the state and local levels, even in the summer, and it is important to stay up to date.

Do I have the materials and supplies needed to start the year?
Now is a great time to take inventory and look for those back to school sales.

Am I comfortable with the technology that is available to me and do I have all my passwords?
Have fun exploring what is out there and look for opportunities to learn from colleagues.

Do I have access to the information I need most?
Class and faculty lists, evacuation plans, case loads, email addresses…

Have I made the appropriate arrangements for the impending schedule changes?
With the start of the school year comes a new routine to adjust to.

Have I connected with colleagues lately?
Reach out to those you work closely with, they will be happy to hear from you.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

10 Discoveries I Made During Two Years of Graduate School

  • I prefer writing essays to answering multiple choice questions
  • Deadlines inspire me to get things done
  • I value quality feedback on my work
  • Meeting colleagues from across the state is very cool
  • I am a risk taker
  • The importance of staying in touch with the national perspective on education
  • Philosophical debate helps to clarify one's own views
  • Developing routines can just happen
  • If an idea is important you will hear it over and over again
  • There are a lot of interesting books out there (and some boring ones too)