One of my goals as an educator is to use research to create practical classroom applications for teachers and students. I want the research I apply to build authenticity and credibility for the ideas that can be implemented in the classroom. Over the past couple years, I have found myself being drawn to Visible Learning […]

Last Friday, we spent some time at work listening to a webinar by Lead4ward about intervention strategies. It was perfect timing because I had gotten a call earlier in the week from a dean I work with reflecting on a recent common assessment she and her PLC gave. Although the results were not as she […]

I recently came across #retrievalpractice on Twitter (as well as some great new follows: @anneagost, @PatriceBain1, @retrievelearnand @87history (thank you, @teachercoachlife). I have loved diving into the research about retrieval practice because I think it is so important to develop ways in which we can help students access prior knowledge, process information, and summarize their […]

Thank you Jennifer Fairbanks for starting this #MTBoS2020 blogging challenge! I’m looking forward to reading more blogs this year. And, here goes my first post of the series… There are some real foldable masters out there, and I am not normally one of them. But, I recently created a template that got some “oohs” and […]

“There’s always a feeling of being excited, yet nervous; ready, yet unprepared for the unexpected; organized yet chaotic thinking of a million more things I could still do. But every time I see my why, I know I’m in the right profession.” I wrote this quote at the beginning of the school year and it […]

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 […]