Tweet Recently I read a post by my friend Bill Ferriter titled Making Room for Uncertainty in the Required Curriculum.  Bill shares this article that states that instruction centered on facts has largely failed our students. Teachers are handed required curricula, complete with scope and sequence, and in some schools teachers are expected to teach lesson A… Read More


Tweet Oh, hey, blog. How you been? One of the things I enjoy most about reading others’ blogs and tweets and Google+ postings is that I get a glimpse into what other schools and classrooms are up to. In the tech coaches world, there are plenty of fascinating things being shared and a lot of important… Read More


Tweet This summer I worked on solidifying the ways in which I communicate with my staff to support their learning. As an instructional technology coach who works in three elementary schools with 100+ staff, digital communication is essential. I can’t be in every school every day, and I certainly don’t have the luxury of face… Read More


Tweet In 2011, I attended my first ISTE. Shortly thereafter, I wrote this. It was a post about a list and Klout scores and who’s who and what I learned from my experiences at ISTE. How I most enjoyed seeing student displays, how exciting it was to meet members of my PLN face-to-face, how I… Read More


Tweet I remember building with blocks. Naps on mats. Performing in a Christmas play. I remember being asked to sit in my teacher’s rocking chair and read Charlotte’s Web to my peers sitting on the carpet while she stepped into the hallway to take a phone call. I remember phonics workbooks. I remember the day I… Read More


Tweet Scott McLeod has issued a #makeschooldifferent challenge and asks us to acknowledge 5 ways of doing business in schools and how to think differently about what it means to teach and learn to support today’s learners. Instead of…. why not?  Instead of teachers defining all intended learning outcomes for students and plastering them on whiteboards and in lesson… Read More


Tweet Last week at IntegratED in Portland (a conference filled with crazy-inspiring people, blog post on that coming soon), I had the chance to facilitate a session about developing digital learning communities using Google+. We explored driving questions such as, What are the essential ingredients of a strong learning community? Of a digital learning community? Are they… Read More


Tweet I recently attended Pete & C, PA’s educational technology conference. It’s the fifth or sixth time I’ve attended. I typically find some interesting resources and enjoy connecting with members of my PLN and hearing about all of the great work they’re doing in schools. So there I was, minding my own business and feeling… Read More


Tweet At Educon this weekend, my friend and colleague Andrew Marcinek and I wanted to talk PLNs. Personal learning networks. Professional learning networks. In conversations together over the past year or so, it had become apparent to us that it was time for a change. Anyone who has participated in learning networks for a significant period of… Read More


Tweet In 2013 I wrote about Beginnings. Last year, I shared my desire to Embrace the everything in my world. One Little Word. The past few weeks have been quite contemplative for me, both professionally and personally. I don’t know what 2015 holds, although I hope it will involve a lot of growing and change. I’m eager… Read More