Why More Teachers Need to Become Presenters

This summer I had an opportunity to present at two conferences. I’ve presented in school and in district before but this would be the first time I presented to a wider ranging, less familiar, audience. I should have been doing this years ago and so should many other teachers I …

Making Technology the Second Coolest Thing in the Room

I often talk about how I love introducing new paths to information in my school library. Any time I can demonstrate that libraries are dynamic environments that flow and change along with the world of information, I pull out my soap box. This year I was able to make my …

Breaking the Fiction – Nonfiction Divide for the Primary Grades: it’s all about your ultimate goal

I currently work in a school serves students in Kindergarten – Second Grade. When it comes to helping them find books in the library, I recently decided I was tired of¬†answering a question with a question. “Where are the horse books?” ¬†Do you want a book with horse facts or …

Primary Students Following A Path To Inquiry

Can primary grade students set their own direction for research? Can they develop their own topics? Build guiding questions? If good questions lead to more questions, than this is a terrific starting point because it has led me down a lengthy rabbit hole. One of the skills we work on …

Professional Development With A Side Of Pineapple

What would happen if we invited parents and students to professional development workshops? That simple yet profound question was part of a recent live chat for the Innovative Teaching Academy brought up by George Couros and A.J. Juliani in #ita17. It was one of those ideas that instantly resonated with …

Learning To Ask The Right Questions #PBL

Last week I had my first semi-official attempt at Project Based Learning (PBL). After a few workshop days where we were introduced to the process by Competency Education Specialist and Consultant Rose Colby, two first grade teachers and I began crafting a PBL experience. We were very excited about our …

Communication For The Win

Today I had the chance to present our Google+community to my full staff. I’d shared the information via email and our daily bulletin but it was important to me to speak face to face with staff to explain my “Why?” I felt compelled to get everything said that I needed …

Listening in to the Cool Kids Table with #IMMOOC Week 3

I’ve been really enjoying #IMMOOC. I’ve been enjoying the opportunity but I haven’t been taking the opportunity. I’ve been enjoying the conversations with educators from so many different places. Enjoying the conversations but not conversing. I’ve realized I’ve been sitting next to the cool kids table listening to everything that …

Following A Learning Path

I’ve been working on creating a graphic that shows the heart of what I strive to help my students do in the school library. I wanted to include the feel of flow from observations to questions to answers to new questions Here is where I ended up. Let me know …

#IMMOOC Week 2 New+Better=Innovation

Reading part one of Innovator’s Mindset forced me to realize a few things. One was that I sometimes complain about things I could fix if I just find a different angle of approach. One light bulb moment occurred for me when reading about educators frustrated that they can’t share their …