I’m interested in professional learning and how to best support individuals, teams, and schools in the never-ending quest to provide the best professional “development” possible, so the concept of Personal Knowledge Management is very intriguing to me. While schools and companies work to ensure they provide ample learning opportunities for their staffs, it’s clear that… Read More


I’ve been busy, woe is me, my blog continues to go neglected. But, as Dean says, I declare a mortorium on the word busy. Everyone is busy, we get it. Busy is the default status. Let us know if that changes. — Dean Shareski What’s been keeping me busy? Keeping this updated, trying out Smore.… Read More


Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to speak with groups of passionate educators at FETC and Pete & C, and based on feedback following my sessions, I’m convinced even more so that both administrators and teachers seek truly meaningful professional development opportunities for themselves and their staff. We spoke of Edcamps and… Read More


I’m attempting to participate in #rhizo14 because Dave Cormier’s work on rhizomatic learning and communities really interests me. I had such a great experience last winter with #etmooc so I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this course, if only to read and view the content shared. Week 1- Cheating as Learning This… Read More


As if I don’t have enough trouble meeting writing deadlines or blogging consistently (which doesn’t stop me from setting up additional writing spaces, mind you) my favoritest middle school teacher in the world, Bill Ferriter, has tagged me in a very fun blogging challenge. When I speak with teachers and administrators about the use of… Read More


In the past several weeks I’ve received a number of requests for the resources I used to host a Fed-Ex Day at our school. I thought it may be easiest to share them in one space here so others can access as needed. Incidentally, I find it curious and humbling that folks are still inquiring… Read More


How do you approach the process of investigating a new product, app, program, instructional strategy, device, software, hardware, curriculum, [insert new initiative here]? From a purchasing standpoint, price point is important, I get it. But most affordable does not translate into most effective for kids, teachers, and learning. What about purpose? What about total cost of… Read More


A little birdie told me it’s Connected Educator Month. If you’re reading this, and if you’re new to “connecting,” you might be curious about a day in the life of a “connected” educator. About how we find the time. About the tools we use to connect. About the time we spend communicating with others. About… Read More


I’ve been a blogger since 2009, but I’ve been a writer for always. When I was principal, I wanted our students to have safe spaces where they could share their writing with the world and learn to proficiently use digital tools to make their voices heard. I wanted for them to be able to share… Read More


“So, how do you like your new job?” In the two weeks since I’ve been “officially” back to work, I have been asked that question over a dozen times by colleagues. Teachers, principals, central office staff, parents. Well, truth be told. I kind of love it. The first week of the school year was dizzying.… Read More