I’m going to be honest. This post is literally popped into my brain about 5 minutes ago. It wasn’t pre-planned. It wasn’t carefully lined out. It wasn’t something I have been thinking about for weeks. Instead, this post is completely spontaneous and unfiltered. So, let’s see how this goes. Times are a little crazy right… Read More The Kids Are Watching
Years ago, I read a book called How Full Is Your Bucket while I was attending graduate school for my administrative services credential. Although it wasn’t technically an “education” book, it was probably one of my favorite books of my master’s degree program. In this book, the author talked about the “magic ratio” of positive and negative… Read More Focus on the Positives: A HyperDoc Activity
Over the last month, I haven’t written as many blog posts because, well, life has been busy! The first semester of my first year as a Vice Principal ended, the holiday season was upon us and we sold and bought a new house. Life is regularly a bit busy, however, throw in the move of… Read More We Can’t Do It Alone
I’ve been sitting on this post for three months or so. I’ve gone back and forth on whether to write it or not because I often worry about how things will be read. Will my message be received the way I intend? Will I come off too harsh? Too hypocritical? Too egotistical? Too much of… Read More Dude. Be Nice.
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
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?
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
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
The Problem of Time I’ve always prided myself on being an excellent manager of my time. I understand which obligations are most important, whether personally or professionally, and how I can ensure that I accomplish those tasks first. I’ve utilized Google Calendar to manage my personal and professional deadlines. I’ve utilized Google Keep to store… Read More The Five Hour Challenge