A year ago, I was introduced to an app called Marco Polo – and I quickly fell in love with it. Marco Polo is “a video communication app that helps you feel close, even when life gets busy.” Need an analogy? Imagine that Voxer and Google Hangouts had a baby. Well, that baby would be… Read More Marco? Polo!
Last week, I started a new position as Vice Principal of a middle school in my district. I’m so excited to begin this journey and feel blessed to be working with some amazing individuals. As I move into this role, I’ve been reflecting on all of the experiences that have led up to this opportunity.… Read More A Million Little Things
It’s been nearly 3 years since I Heart EDU was born. In those three years, I have written 180 blog posts and reached hundreds of thousands of educators. While I have been able to share so much with my readers, I’ve also learned from them and spent time reflecting on who I am as an… Read More Blogging Buddies
HyperDocs have become one of my favorite tools for creating lessons that promote the 4 C’s. If you are unfamiliar with HyperDocs, I highly encourage you to visit the HyperDoc website for their AMAZING resources. In a nutshell, HyperDocs are “a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction and is the… Read More HyperDocs Template
While attending ISTE this week, my new EdTech-y friend, Eduardo Rivera, asked me why I write this blog for educators. As I shared my answers with him, I realized that this might be an important blog post to share. Often times, I think people wonder about the “why” of what you do. What are the… Read More Why Do I Blog?
BACKGROUND Schools are a busy place. Between sporting events, clubs, electives, field trips and regular classroom activities, our campuses are filled with fun, engaging and important events. Often times, it can be very easy for staff members to not know what is going on in their campus. Don’t worry – I’ve got a solution! A… Read More Week at a Glance Template
Two years ago, I shared a set of calendars that I created for my school site to help students say organized. Well, back by popular demand…Here are the 2019/2020 calendars! At one of my previous school sites, our students were given a year-long, physical agenda to track their daily assignments. As a school policy, our… Read More Google Slide Calendars: 2019/2020 Version
As I reflect on my career in education, it is interesting to see where I was and where I am now. I’m certainly not the same teacher that I was at 22 years old. Nor am I the same teacher that I was at 28 years old. I’ve grown, I’ve matured and I’ve improved. But… Read More Failure = Learning
After a couple of years of talking about this launch…I am excited to release BoostEDU’s 4 C’s Self-Assessment! In this self-assessment, educators can assess the depth of 4 C’s in their lessons and find strategies, lesson ideas and technology tools to help them “boost” their future lessons. After the self-assessment is complete, educators will receive… Read More The 4 C’s Self-Assessment
The last couple of weeks have been particularly discouraging for me as a teacher. We’ve been in the middle of state testing, as well as conducting placement tests for the following year. During state testing, I gave my students a placement test to help us determine which students may need extra support in the following… Read More What Test Scores Don’t Measure