I know pretty much straight away who at my school would be a good candidate for me to coach during the next few weeks (and beyond). I chose a new member of our Year 3 team Sara. She is new to teaching PYP and since joining our school in September has
“User inspired upper-level technology literacy; collaboratively coupled with the ability to apply knowledge and skills effectively to perform or complete a task.” In a wordy, complicated nutshell that is my definition of what we are all
I recently co hosted, with my Ed Tech Team, a parent information session on "Making the Most of Your Child's Screentime". Many of the parents eagerly attended hoping we would provide the answer to the million dollar question, "How do I keep my
In the past month I came across the #observeme trend. Just take a look at the movement on this hashtag on Twitter in the past couple months. Combined with my reading and thoughts on the necessary evolution of teacher evaluation, I became very interes
Last year my school decided to implement digital portfolios using Blogger from Grade 3 to 8. This is the second school that I have worked at during such an huge undertaking. I had learned a few valuable lessons from my last school which made
I always love the beginning of the school year.
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I have often said to parents that my goal as an educator is to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist. I often get looks of puzzlement and surprise. I think many people still see educational institutions as vessels of knowledge which fil
Sometimes the best laid plans just don't work out. Sometimes, when you really want to tell someone to quit complaining and just do what you need to do, you really need to just sit still and listen. Sometimes, when you only get to ask two of your t
This week my post comes from the bleachers as I'm on my weekly lunch duty assignment.
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One of the things I love about our middle school is the freedom the students
Here we are on another Friday afternoon. I've taken care of an apple for my afternoon snack and I'm ready to reflect.
I'm finding my most difficult challenge to be the part of the job that I also like the most. The constant change of attention
In Angela Duckworth's latest book, Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance she shares a 2x2 matrix that invites us (as parents, teachers and coaches) to rethink the way to support our children and/or students.
Daniel Pink, best selling au
My first full week of the school year is complete. So far, I absolutely love what I do. It is completely different everyday, full of puzzles, people and practice. I'm dedicated to looking at this with the beginner's mind as I go through each da
I wrote this post months ago and am just now digging it out of the drafts folder...
Being a teacher today is a challenge. The diversity within each class of students is broad, the ideas of what are 'best practices' are seemingly limitless, and the
Last night I finished reading The Art of Coaching Teams: Facilitation for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar. If you haven't seen her blog, The Art of Coaching Teachers, go there now.
Aguilar reminds us in every post, and in every chapter of
Many teachers face times in their career when they find themselves less than satisfied with the work they are doing.
This is true for me too.
I want to feel that the teachers I work with are making gains with their technology education and that
What Challenges do EdTech Coaches Face?
As I was reflecting on my coaching practice, I thought about some of the points mentioned by Jill Jackson in her article "4 Steps to Your Successful Coaching Model". Her advice definitely resonates with my exp