Tag Archive for growth

Straddling the Line

“Walk the line” could work, too, but I’m no Johnny Cash. I moved to TechSmith nearly a year ago from teaching. All I ever wanted to do since starting college was teach. I never changed my major, and I never held a job (except for summer work) prior to jumping into my own classroom in 2009. I also managed to…

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More Faith

I did a webinar yesterday afternoon with Marc Siegel, Deb Wolf, and Ramsey Musallam on the various ways Flipped Learning can be incorporated into a science classroom. We spoke about changing mindsets, thinking about mastery learning and standards based grading, and using video tools in class along with other ideas and tips. Ramsey spoke near the end of the broadcast…

Growing Pains

This is a repost of an article I wrote for Brett Clark’s 12 Days of Dreaming series. f you have kids, know people with kids, or work with kids, you know that they will face some painful days as they grow. First comes teething, which I’ve heard is a nightmare. Then, the awkward pubic years when bones are stretching faster…

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Three Questions

I had a really rough start to the week. I really began to notice the “self-pace = no pace” mindset taking hold in some of my students. It was taking some students 20 minutes or more to even get their materials out, despite constant reminders and checks. I really wanted to switch gears and go back to teaching with worksheets,…

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Moving the Flipped Class

I have not written for almost two weeks now. Half of the reason is because of writer’s block, another half because school is crazy, and a third half because of some family issues that came up unexpectedly. I opened up my blog a few times with intention to write, but I could not get anything to form. But that’s okay.…

It Is Up to Me

I have learned more this year than ever before and I keep coming back to one inescapable truth: If I want education to change, it is up to me to change it. I am not arguing that I am the savior of American schools. I am saying if we want local, committed, and relevant change in our schools, we need…

I Can

In the spirit of full disclosure, this has been a discouraging week for me. Students are antsy and in need of a break. I am fighting some old battles with kids refusing to think or show interest in anything at all. I am also working with issues professionally I did not expect to have. Education news coming in each day…

Year of Collaboration

The year ends today and I’ve spent some of this Christmas break looking at old pictures. I came across this picture from our trip to Vietnam in 2010: It got me thinking about a couple of different things regarding teaching and growing as a learner. The first thing that strikes me is no matter how much I try, I cannot…