Thank you, summer, for the time you’ve given us to refresh! Thank you, summer, for the time to reconnect with our passion! Thank you, summer, for the time to reflect on the goodness and greater purpose of what we do. Thank you, summer… for the time! Summertime…aahhh!  Summer is a time when educators can step Read More →

  I received a somewhat alarming email response last spring.  It was a compliment after I encouraged a teacher.   I spoke truth about her craft.  She had absolutely changed lives in her school last year.  She needed to hear it… to let it sink in. She replied, “You always have a way of making Read More →

The #PlutoFlyBy created a curiosity explosion for me this summer.  I couldn’t get enough.  I watched the moment more than once on NASA TV when the teams reported to the Mission Operation Manager (MOM).  It is fascinating to see a team receive word that their 10 year old question was answered.  Yes, it was a 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 →

Relational leadership includes a focus on building trust over time in order to deeply impact practice. An important word in that sentence is “time“. But, lately I’ve been curious about this.  I’ve held the importance of time and relational leadership as non-negotiables for many years.  I’ve always believed that any significant change requires these components. 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 →