2017 End of Year Notes

In what's become a half-tradition, some unfiltered thoughts as I finish another school year. Splitting time between teaching and instructional coaching is really, really difficult. It's hard to pour into both equally. Next year, I'm going to be coaching 100% of the time. I still need to work on alternative assessment and measurement methods. UsingRead More

Sages and Lunatics: You May Be One

My previous three posts looked at ideas from John Spencer's book Sages and Lunatics. I could go deeper because it is full of great discussion points, but I'd rather you just read the book. This is the final post. It is incredibly difficult to spot the difference between a sage and a lunatic because atRead More

Sages and Lunatics: Blogs as the New EduText

This is the third post in a series reflecting on John Spencer's Sages and Lunatics. Most of the books are practical manuals on how to run a classroom. They offer quick, handy, time-saving ideas. The time of the textbook has come and gone. Schools aren't renewing subscriptions, moving instead to things like 1:1 programs orRead More

The Future Is What You Make It

See what I did there? That took a significant amount of brain power tonight. It must be the end of the semester. CEP811 is closing this week and for my final post with that particular tag, I'm going to reflect a little bit. I'll try not to ramble too much. Long story short: I'll definitelyRead More