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
Well, its hard to believe I am writing my last COETAIL post. Not my last blog post ever thanks to my COETAIL experience! What a journey it has been over the past year and a half. I have learned so much which has enhanced my teaching; its hard to kn
My venture into developing a professional learning network was tentative to say the least. I joined Twitter first in 2013 and promptly forgot about having an account until I started Coetail and in 2015 I was forced out of my comfort zone and into, w
The end of COETAIL is fast approaching and the due date for the final project is ever looming...I have so enjoyed every part of the experience but I must admit I lost that loving feeling a little when I found out that course 5 couldn't be used for cr
Well, I hope all my fellow Coetailers had a great summer break and a great start to the new school year! As ever with the start of each Coetail course during this whole experience (which I have loved), I have found post 1 of Course 5 difficult to wr
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
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 made a goal for myself to write a bit this year about my work, so here it goes.
I'm happy to say that, at least from my perspective, our first week at LCS was a fantastic success. There were bugs, lots of them, with our LMS and scheduling, but
Since the beginning of Course 4, I've been grappling with what I could do for my Course 5 project. I wanted a way to completely redesign a unit with something that would challenge me, but also do something I was comfortable with somehow. With me movi
It's funny that my previous post touched on my frustrations with technology in the classroom. It can be a management "thing" and a huge reason why I often drag my feet when it comes to using technology consistently. Each year I use technology randoml
Another year in the books. I've now got thirteen years of teaching under my belt and it feels good. It seems like so long ago that I sat in the office of Jackson Middle School on a snow day to interview for my first teaching job. Little did I know as
There have been so many different ideas that I have considered for my final project and I am still not sure which one I will go with so while I was tempted to use the UbD planner to reinvent a recent unit I am instead going to reflect on a couple of
I struggled to write about this week's topic. I shouldn't have, as I try to find a balance with technology in my daily life as much as possible so reflecting on how I might do this in class with students should have been easy. I had this same proble
The Black Hole of Video Editing Let Me Escape So I Could Write This Post
A picture is worth a thousand words, so, using of unit cancellation method, this video is worth....
So I'll just be quiet and ask you to watch!
And so it would seem that we have come full circle. My very first post for COETAIL described the Long Strange Trip to my PLN. Now that we are coming to the end, its time to revisit this magical group of people who qualify me as a connected educat
Its always a challenge to work on a project that relies on creating a project with others that will be completed by someone else who has to ask another group for their participation in order to complete the project. Huh?
It creates a bit of a ta
I love giving presentations! Perhaps it is my background in drama and music theatre that has given me the confidence to perform and/or speak in front of an audience, or maybe it is my position at school that has afforded me many opportunities to pres
“Do you have a 1:1 program in your school?” That’s an oft-asked first question I get from interviewees. It usually follows with, “Mac or PC?” and then sometimes, “in what grades?” With my qualitative observation of interviewee’s quest
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It's nearing the midpoint of the