...smiling as I read and shaking my head "yes" as I read "10 Little ThingsThat Make a Huge Difference". Sometimes we just need a little reminder and nudge to support and encourage others and ourselves. Thanks Justin Tarte!
...getting ready to use Doodle easy scheduler for groups to plan a virtual meeting.
...co-planning a new exciting eMINTS program to empower teacher leaders. What roles do you think innovative, teacher leaders play?
...exploring YouTube for Education and experimenting with district permissions to see what content teachers can curate for students. This article and other content and information I have found online seem dated and with the way Google changes daily, I wonder....am I getting the most up-to-date information about how YouTube.com/edu works?
...being inspired by innovative district leaders like Principal Eric Sheninger. I recently listened give a keynote address at the School Leadership Summit about how he has transformed his views about the ways that technology can improve learning for both kids and adults in their district. He and other innovative leaders embrace 5 practices that help them to be successful in schools today.
...loving the candid advice for new teachers struggling with Common Core from What's Not Wrong author Gary Anderson. I find myself in the same position with new and experienced teachers and feel like you can't go wrong with his advice and points.
...contemplating the motivational effects of earning badges; being a past Girl Scout you would think I would be all over this idea, but I struggle with the power of praise for working hard verses insincere, unearned pats on the back. I'm not against it at all but wonder how we can make this practice support a growth mindset and encouraginglifelong learning.
...trying to find time to explore a bit more about Design Thinking and Maker Spaces. My extremely intelligent friend Carmen shared some ideas about each and these resources and has sparked my curiosity.
...striving to find a time to drink my coffee with two hands, a suggestion from Ashley at Under the Sycamore. Currently I am splitting my attention possibly a few too many times (see image below - eating cereal, drinking coffee, listening to podcast, reading blog post, and knitting in my few minutes before work starts).