The NEW Professional Learning

During my five years in my district, I have found myself as a presenter numerous times for our district's Edcamps and Professional Learning Days. As a presenter, I have attempted to provide the most valuable professional learning sessions as possible. After reading, Teaching the Teachers Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability … Continue reading The NEW Professional Learning

The 4DX Plan

Change in education may be the most difficult change to make successfully. The day to day grind of teachers tends to overwhelm all attempts at real, organizational change. My school has been starting the process of becoming a Leader in Me school based around the 7 habits of highly effective people since last summer. This … Continue reading The 4DX Plan

What’s Your ‘WHY’?

As we learned from Sinek (2009), not every organization knows 'why' they do what they do, and this is the reason why some succeed and others do not. In order to implement my Blended Learning innovation plan the proper way; I must remember my 'why'. No matter what obstacles come up, I will always remember … Continue reading What’s Your ‘WHY’?

Do You Have a Growth Mindset ‘yet’?

Dweck's (2007) book was a great introduction to the start of my journey in the DLL program back in August. It reminded me of the different ways my students may respond to being challenged in my classroom. As I began to reread the book, I almost thought for a minute that Dr. Dweck had been … Continue reading Do You Have a Growth Mindset ‘yet’?

Creating Significant Learning Environments

My classroom is a place of learning, but is it true learning at its best? After reading, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Brown & Thomas (2011), I have realized just how far away my students are from the new culture of learning that they require. … Continue reading Creating Significant Learning Environments

Blended Learning: Changing the Classroom For The Better

Introduction The role of the teacher has changed because of the integration of technology in the classroom (Horn, 2015). This change has started a new revolution called blended learning. Blended learning is not a new term and is defined in many ways. Most would describe blended learning as the combination of face to face instruction … Continue reading Blended Learning: Changing the Classroom For The Better

Blended Learning or Bust?

Blended Learning has so many facets and possibilities, yet there are so many schools that are not attempting to implement it. Well, I plan to change that at least at the school that I can control. I have created an innovation proposal to show my principal and hopefully will be the first step to a blended … Continue reading Blended Learning or Bust?

Choosing an Innovation Plan

This may be the first indecision that I have had in my first three courses during my DLL journey. I know that this innovation plan does not need to be started now and this is just the beginning of a long process to implement and refine my plan, but I still am showing some anxiety … Continue reading Choosing an Innovation Plan