The videos this week hit home for me. I enjoy telling stories just as much as I enjoy hearing them. I like telling a story and seeing people’s reactions, and I also like hearing my colleagues or my students share a story with me that they are excited about. Telling a story is an effective… Continue reading Promoting Alternative PL
(image retrieved from lewisboe.com) It’s always been a running a joke among my colleagues and I that none of us would ever want to give a presentation to a room full of teachers. We always have to-do lists, we never have free time, we always needs to speak with a colleague about a student, we… Continue reading What really works when it comes to PD?
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
(image retrieved from onelifechurch.org) After viewing Dr. John Kotter’s videos, Heart of Change and Leading Change: Establish a Sense of Urgency, I have realized that it will be important to appeal to the hearts of the stakeholders within my district when implementing and sharing my ePortfolio initiative. To do so, it is necessary that I… Continue reading What’s Your Why
There aren’t many people that I have run into that like change - especially among my students. Change takes time, and work, and more understanding than what we are used to giving on a daily basis. Adults can tend to understand why change is necessary in most situations, mainly because we have more years of… Continue reading The Head Won’t Go Where the Heart Hasn’t Been
(image from mollyfletcher.com) Throughout the Creating Significant Environments graduate course, I have rediscovered the importance of doing just that - creating a significant learning environment. As teachers, we often hear that creating the right environment in your classroom will allow your students to feel welcome, comfortable, and safe. After reading about significant learning environments, I… Continue reading Creating Significant Learning Environments with Growth Mindset Learners
In order to get our students to develop a growth mindset, I think that teachers need to practice and model a growth mindset themselves. Now more than ever, it is important for teachers to “practice what they preach” with a growth mindset. So much emphasis has been placed on students’ grades, GPA’s, and college acceptances… Continue reading Power of a Growth Mindset