I believe, in general, that it is important to avoid reacting to situations. Of course, that is easier said than done. Many of us have been in situations where we have reacted - confrontations with coworkers, stress, familial issues, etc. It’s easy to look back on these moments and recognize where the reaction went wrong… Continue reading Differentiated Leadership
Previously, I developed and shared a plan on how I would use the Influencer model to implement ePortfolios in order to assist the special education students in my building with developing and reflecting on their post-secondary transition plans. Now, this week, I am incorporating the 4DX plan which was created by Chris McCHesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling. The… Continue reading 4 Disciplines of Execution
It is relatively well known that people do not necessarily like change. Many of us are comfortable in our day to day lives, so when a change occurs we are often resistant to it for fear of losing our consistency. However, change is an important part of growing - as an individual, as a professional,… Continue reading Applying the Influencer Strategy
Aligning outcomes, activities, and assessments are the most important parts that teachers need to consider when planning lessons. However, doing so in a time period where teachers are inundated with state assessment requirements and scores is not an easy task. Teachers will need to design their lessons with alignment in mind. By using Fink’s Self-Directed… Continue reading Aligning Outcomes, Assessment, and Activities
(photo retrieved from tutorcruncher.com) Classrooms are a place for learning. Learning different contents, learning social skills, learning expectations, learning success and failure. Classrooms are for learning, yes. But, what if teachers could improve how students are learning? Is the current environment working at it’s best and fullest potential? Is there more we could be doing?… Continue reading Creating a Significant Learning Environment
In education, disruptive innovation serves as a catalyst for change. As change goes, most people do not like it, so incorporating disruptive innovations can be faced with challenges. In education specifically, resistance to change will surface from administration and faculty alike, which could prevent innovations from even being discussed. It is important, however, to fight… Continue reading Change is a process, not an event
(photo retrieved from LZ Area Chamber of Commerce) I would like to say that I am an innovative educator, but I think that’s mainly because so much of what I do is “out of the norm” already as a special education teacher. I work hard to find different and more meaningful ways to assist my… Continue reading Are you an Innovator?