We are full-on in basketball mode at my house as the season started a few weeks ago and my husband had his first game last night (got the W!!) We love letting our boys come early and give them a chance to play behind the scenes before the game. While we were hanging out, my […]

This year, I have been doing instructional learning walks with campus deans. Last week our Assistant Director of Secondary Math was also able to join us at one campus. In years past when I walked classes, I have simply left a sticky note of positive highlights from the class and thanked the teachers for letting […]

This year, we are providing unit trainings to help understand and dive deeper into our curriculum. Our curriculum is modeled after the UbD format and since this is new for some teachers, we wanted to provide time to get comfortable with the structure and also walk away with actionable plans for the classroom. I am […]

This weekend, I had the opportunity to learn from John Hattie and Peter DeWitt at a Visible Learning conference by Corwin. Their sessions were divided into the following 5 sections: The Visible Learning Research, Creating Visible Learners, Mindframes, Instructional Leadership, and Feedback. FYI, this is a long post, but I hope it is just as […]

This past weekend was the 150th year anniversary of the university I attended, Trinity University. They had big alumni events including a block party Saturday night where they closed down the street next to Trinity and they opened the homes of VPs and campus officials to alumni decades for toasts and celebrating. On Friday, they […]

Last year, I posted about a teacher using multiple representations during her lesson and I loved her structure. So, as I was working with the Algebra 1 Curriculum I thought her multi rep structure would be perfect to create a resource with TEKS A.3B and A.3A. I also wanted to make it an interactive practice […]

After watching the Open Middle webinar this weekend, I got inspired to create something for teachers I work with to incorporate Open Middle in their classroom. One thing one of my campuses is working on is question #4 of the PLC (how can we extend and enrich for students who have demonstrated proficiency? (DuFour, DuFour, […]