Category: professional development

“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 […]

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 […]

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to reflect on PDs and experiences I have as a way to set goals for myself and share the knowledge I learn. I recently went to a PD by Solution Tree with Brig Leane and I want to take some time to […]

I, along with the secondary math specialist team, just finished giving a 2 day training full of learning with our new to the district teachers. I want to thank my coworkers and say that with their hard work and collaboration, this was an incredible PD that has inspired me for our year ahead. The PD […]

We spent some time this morning analyzing cultural shifts in our work using the Solution Tree document below. I really liked thinking about what successes I had this year and what growth could still be made in my work with PLCs, with teachers, and with professional development culture. As I am working on writing curriculum, […]

I recently attended a training on Understanding by Design (UbD) and had some big “ah-ha” moments that I have been thinking about. Several years ago I also went to a week long UbD seminar in which I wrote and published a UbD unit through Trinity University.  I learned an incredible amount there (if anyone gets […]

I just got back from a 2 day conference by Corwin about Student Centered Coaching (SCC). When I got this position as a specialist, our district had just started learning about SCC and had a goal of having us enter a cycle with a teacher. However, because I came in the middle of the year, […]

I have been seeing a lot about the “Thinking Classroom” recently on Twitter and then again from an article my mom sent me a few days ago. As things like this start to pop up more and more I consider it a sign that I need to read about it and reflect on its impact. […]

I recently went to a Solution Tree conference (which was awesome BTW. . . if you get a chance to go, GO!) and a powerful quote stuck out to me that connected the idea of student talk vs. teacher talk. A great teacher is not “one who explains things so well that students understand” but […]

This week, I gave a Pre-AP/GT training for my district and I have to say, I learned a lot in preparing and delivering it. As a pre-AP/GT teacher, I thought I was doing best practices by giving my students real world scenarios and extending their thinking with scaffolding probing questions, and while this was great, […]