Is Perfection Paralyzing You?

Imagine for a second that babies and toddlers were constantly paralyzed by the barrier of perfection, just as many adults are. Their thought process may look something like this: I better not roll over, because I have yet to learn how to sit. I better not sit, because I have yet to learn how to…

The Power of Blogging for Professional Development #IMMOOC

We are taking part in the Innovator’s Mindset Collaborative blog challenge.  This post is co-written by Annick Rauch and Katie Martin. If we told you that blogging could be one of the most powerful tools for professional development, would you believe us? I (Katie) started blogging after a less than gentle nudge from George to…

5 Senses Paw Patrol Inspired Episodes

In my post Hooks & Interests & Creativity, Oh My! I described a PBL project that was in the works. Now that we’ve finished (and showcased our hard work at portfolio night last night), I thought I would share with the rest of the world! Check out my students’ work… I’m so proud of them and all that…

Voice & Choice & PD

After reading this blog post by Dr. Brad Gustafson and Jessica Cabeen, I was in awe of how they had planned, organized and executed their PD days. I’ve done a lot of reading on professional development, and have learned a great deal, especially from the amazing Katie Martin (if you don’t follow her on twitter, you REALLY should!). This lead me to…

When Learning and Passions Collide

I think we can all agree that one of our goals when our students leave school is that they will have learned how to learn. I personally believe that the easiest way for anyone to learn this important skill, is to learn something they are completely passionate about. This got me to thinking… what have…

Tag, You’re It!

I hope that the statement above is not only understood by educators, but also lived and breathed by being put into practice. No matter what our roles, relationships come first… relationships with students, relationships with staff, relationships with parents, relationships with the community. So how do we focus on fostering these relationships? Here is one…

Calm Down Strategies

In my last post Social Emotional Learning & Empathy, I talked about the power of the Big Brain and Little Brain lesson. I also mentioned that Sheila Vick and her daughter Elsie, have helped all of my students learn more about the brain and their emotions. My students really enjoyed seeing Elsie’s book filled with her favorite calm…

Social Emotional Learning & Empathy #IMMOOC

In chapter 1 of The Innovator’s Mindset, innovation is defined as a way of thinking that creates something new and better. As educators, we are constantly having to reflect upon our practices to make sure that we are always doing what’s best for our learners. Simply doing something because “it’s always been done this way”…

Balance vs. Meaning #IMMOOC

Last night, the first episode of season two of #IMMOOC went live and it didn’t disappoint. As always, George Couros and Katie Martin lead a very inspiring discussion with guest speakers John Spencer and AJ Juliani that engaged and empowered their viewers. Although I participated in the first round of IMMOOC, this was the first time that I followed the hashtag on…