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3 Must-Haves for Any Professional Learning Experience

His joy was contagious. I could feel his enthusiasm. I wanted to know more. “I just loved it so much! I just want to take a week off just to Read more…


The Bad Model

Over the years, I’ve tried so hard to find the perfect hands-on opportunities to bring the learning to life for students and teachers alike. I didn’t just want to be Read more…


Formatives for the Win

Formative opportunities are intentionally lower-cased to be lower-stakes. SUMMATIVE assessment is upper-cased because IT’S FOR A GRADE! Several formative opportunities precede one summative assessment. Inferring formative quantity might authenticate summative Read more…


The Best Card

Last week, I went to the store to pick out a card for my wife. While scanning the shelves, I was taken aback by the overwhelming selection, the analytical shoppers Read more…


Getting It Right–Part III: Missing Information

It’s not your fault. In that moment, in that context, and with all the information you had at the time? You did the best you could. You made the right Read more…


Getting It Right–Part I: Food for Thought

I can’t believe that this actually happened. It was just lunch. After all my reading, researching, and reflecting on best practices, here was daring leadership right in front of my Read more…


7 Norms of Collaboration: Paraphrase

Hello, Friends! Since shifting into my new role, I find myself wanting even more time to process and reflect. I haven’t blogged or posted as much lately. However, I can’t Read more…


Collegiality > Congeniality: Examples in Action

Hey, Friends! I’m still researching this whole concept. In a series of posts here and here so far, I’ve been loosely comparing collegiality to congeniality. To say the least, it’s Read more…


Implications of Microteaching

The good news is that there are so many amazing learning experiences happening every day. The bad news is that you’ll most likely never get to see them, or about Read more…


Collegiality > Congeniality: Empathy

Empathy. Sounds simple enough, right? Perhaps it’s one of the most popular buzzwords to ever circulate our social spaces. But what does it really mean? And how might it apply Read more…


Collegiality > Congeniality

Hey, Friends! I’ve had the absolute pleasure of learning more about professional learning communities (PLC) from a variety of sources over the years. I think the direct correlation between a Read more…


How Do You Archive?

Hello, Friends! With all the things that happen, it’s easy to forget a few precious moments. If you’re an educator who “makes a thousand decisions a day,” then there’s a Read more…


Podcasts for Professional Learning

Hello, Friends! There’s nothing better than a great conversation with educators! For me, nearly every walk, run, workout, or commute is another opportunity to hear a great podcast. Almost like Read more…


Same Tool, Different Function: Part I

There’s a lot out there. Especially for teachers doing all the things, trying to stay abreast of current research, tools, and pedagogy–it’s a lot. There’s no shortage of new technologies, Read more…


Article Review–Part I: Ed tech’s failure during the pandemic, and what comes after

Blogger’s Note: Friends! This Phi Delta Kappan Journal article: “Ed tech’s failure during the pandemic, and what comes after” by Justin Reich really pushed my thinking. I’m choosing a few Read more…