Digital Parenting

One of my favorite resources as a teacher and as a mom is Common Sense Media. I started using it years ago to learn more about movies and video games for my own children. They give straightforward information about why a movie or game has a particular rating and what is in the movie that … Continue reading Digital Parenting

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Don’t Go Changing To Try and Please Me

It's one of those things you think you'll grow out of. But you don't. Trying to please others. Most of my disappointing relationships, poor choices and even bad teaching experiences have been borne out of my trying to meet the expectations of others. It is one of those things that you don't even realize you … Continue reading Don’t Go Changing To Try and Please Me

Failure Is Optional

Our elementary staff meets weekly on Monday afternoons.  The time is set aside to discuss upcoming events, new initiatives or professional development.  Two weeks ago, my principal and I tag-teamed to share the overview and expectations of technology integration this year.  In my eagerness to share the overflow of all that I have learned in the past … Continue reading Failure Is Optional

What I Know

For the past few months my mind has been in perpetual motion.  Wrapping my mind around this new position has been impossible.  I have so much to learn!  How do you effectively integrate technology into classrooms where teachers often find it intimidating, unnecessary and another "thing" to do? And ISTE, oh ISTE.  It is so … Continue reading What I Know

Igniting the Passion to Learn

  Update 6 years later: The following post was given to my sixth grade students as their assignment and as a mentor text. Student blogging was new at the time. This is one of the defining moments of my teaching career for multiple reasons. I will never forget the student who never turned anything in … Continue reading Igniting the Passion to Learn