Where is Exploration, Empowerment, and Play in our schools? I’m reading Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner right now and, as always, his book inspires me to be curious about my leadership.  Very often we read books that give us recommendations about what we should be looking for in our classrooms and that is all very Read More →

As Erin and I stated in our 1st blog post, Staying Curious for Each Other, we want to take this space to stay curious and learn from the great educators around us.  So as we open ourselves up for new learning it is amazing how quickly it comes at us. As Tony Schwartz so eloquently Read More →

Today I am wondering about a page I read from Richard Allington’s book, What Really Matters in Response to Intervention.  Chapter 1 is titled “Why Struggling Readers Continue to Struggle” and the captivating sentence on the page reads…“Most struggling readers never catch up with their higher-achieving classmates because schools create school days for them where Read More →

How many times have we heard that in the past few years?  It seems everywhere we turn we are hearing that the key to happiness is to truly love what you do.  One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors, Steve Farber, is “Do what you love in the service of people Read More →

Are we using formative assessment as a viable teaching tool?  This is my wondering today. This topic sparked an interest in me during the past month as I was able to talk with several new teachers and ask them how they have used formative assessment to guide their instruction.  I was a bit surprised with Read More →

In our quest to stay curious and to encourage those around us to be curious, there are times when we stop and ask ourselves, “why”…are we doing this…is it important…is it relevant? And then I get reminded of those “whys” during a conference I went to where the presenter was sharing her passion with the Read More →

Probably one of the most challenging things we face each day are having the right conversations with our colleagues.  This post is inspired by this little book I read a while back and which always sticks in the back of my mind whenever conversations arise.  Honest Direct Respectful.  In his book, Dennis Adams coaches us Read More →

Why My Desk is in the Hallway It’s nothing fancy, it’s nothing special.  Just a simple, ordinary (on sale) desk that I moved into the hallway.  Yep, the hallway… which is busy, noisy and a place where you are easily distracted.  It’s true, the times I am at my desk in the hall some may Read More →

Does curiosity pay off?  How can we assure that by staying curious about our students and about our profession that we will continue to meet the rigorous standards set forth by the state and the federal government? In this day of education it is all about showing growth with students and making sure all children Read More →

  Is the teaching profession in danger of extinction? Professionals today are saying that in 10-15 years the role of teacher as we know it may cease to exist. (Michael Godsey) In its place would be a “guide” who would answer tech questions and troubleshoot problems. Other than that, there is no need for a teacher Read More →