collaborative learning

PC Load Letter: Not Anymore

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“PC load letter?!” Can’t say I’ve said that in a long time. I love G Suite for Education, so there is little need to get frustrated with the printer, let alone print things out. Unless that is, you want to print something with a 3D printer! At the end of January, I wrote a grant […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Dear Santa, All we want for Christmas is for our staffs to learn to know and love Twitter like we do! How can we bestow this gift to our staffs this year in a way that would be meaningful? As leaders we are faced each day with the task of helping teachers be better, better […]

Google It! – An Easy Collaborative Classroom Activity

Hiya friends! I switched to coffee shop style flexible seating in my chemistry classroom, which means that: Students face each other and not necessarily me or the front of the classroom. I have to be intentional about building collaboration into my lessons and teaching students to collaborate.. I have to change the way I deliver […]

Take Control of Your Professional Development

Are you sick of “professional development experts” that are flown into your district at an exorbitant price tag to deliver long sit and get trainings that are often over before the expert gets back home? Who has the money or the patience for this antiquated practice? Not me! Who are the professionals/experts in your building? […]

“Starbucks My Classroom” Project: The Master Plan


This is a follow up post to I’mma Starbucks My Classroom: My 21st Century Manifesto blog. It’s the beginning of school year 2016/17. It is the morning of the first day of the new school year. You’ve done this before, but this time it feels very different. You woke up before the alarm on your […]

4 Rules For Making Teamwork Work

Leaders such as a teachers, administrators, coaches, and supervisors are tasked with developing effective and efficient practices to increase the performance of the individuals they lead and their organization’s prestige. While there are many practices that lead to improvement, there is one that is vital to the very survival of any group or organization: Collaboration. […]

What Does Your Classroom Say?


During this Spring Break, I’ve been thinking about that kidney-shaped table in the back of my room. Designed to accommodate one teacher in the main groove and up to six students around the outside, that table has been in my classroom since the first day I taught fifth grade fifteen years ago. Truth be told, […]

Creating a Classroom Community: Part 2


One of the most important phases of creating a supportive classroom community is to get to know your students as quickly as you can so that you can connect with each one on a meaningful level. You’ll find that just about every aspect of a successful classroom community is dependent on this knowledge. As the […]

Creating a Classroom Community: Part 1


A long time ago Inoticedthat one of the chief differences between a good teacher and a truly great teacher is the ability of a great teacher to build a classroom community where everyone is part of something larger than themselves. Students who are part of classroom communities feel safe, respected, comfortable, and engaged. The positive […]

Advanced Leadership Lessons


“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.” – Langston Hughes This week I had the good fortune and honor of completing a two year advanced leadership program sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Upon my return […]

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