What do crickets, design thinking, and creative time management have in common? Read on and I’ll let you know. I knew the move to a new school, new position (hybrid teaching/admin), and a new system (from a public HS to a private boarding school) would bring challenge along with change. Still, by week three of … More Getting My “Bring It!” Back
On day one at my new school, my supervisor asked me this question: “What are your Buckets?” From the brief discussion that followed, I interpreted her question to mean this: What do you care deeply about? What aspects of learning, teaching, education, and school are you most committed to? How will this shape the work … More What are Your Buckets?
Over the past year I have moved from being a haphazard lurker on Twitter to a conscientious participant. The “Ted-ish” talk HHS student Ashley Olafsen delivered at MassCUE last fall (as well as my own experience as a MassCUE presenter) compelled me to reconsider the way I interact with the Twitter community. Inspired by my … More Twitter, What Have You Done for Me Lately?
A wonderful thing happened when I started at my new school last month. The Dean of Academics asked me to pull together a list of all of my “buckets” for us to discuss. She left the meaning of “buckets” open, which gave me the opportunity to interpret her request to mean (a) the areas of … More Some “What Ifs…” for Open Education & OER
One day in my early years of teaching I overheard a couple of young men in my 11th grade American Studies course talking about another student’s mother. “She has an MBA from Harvard and she’s, she’s, . . . just a Mom!” The contempt reverberating through his statement stunned me. I had just come back … More Teacher-Moms: The Personal (Female Leaders Response, Part 2)
So I wonder; where are all of the female educational leaders?… Are there enough opportunities out there for them? Are we holding ourselves back or is it a societal thing where conference committees, editors, and other people with opportunities tend to gravitate toward males rather than females because there is an assumption that women don’t … More “The personal is political”: Questions to Extend the Conversation on Female Leaders (Part 1)
Nikki Robertson (@NikkiDRobertson) always cries when she tells the story of her own connected #edujourney. It is a coming of age tale of sorts, and I suspect it will resonate with many teachers. After over two decades as a teacher-librarian, Nikki was going through the motions, “going to work and pulling in a paycheck” while … More IOU (& IO me)