Archive for January, 2014

Be Inspired

I just had to share this inspirational story. Derrick Coleman plays professional football. That might not seem very inspiring, but for this 23 year old young man, it is quite a feat. He is deaf. He has overcome many setbacks and obstacles throughout his life in order to become a player in the National Football […]

A Listening Ear

The other day as I was flipping through a magazine, I found a quote that really stuck with me. To me it seems so simple, yet is so true. In our busy lives, we need to always remember to stop and take time to listen. “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, […]

What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?

Today I was reading my most current edition of Education Week  and found a most interesting  blog regarding leadership in the classroom and at school.  I thought that you might be interested in the viewpoint from ‘down under’.  What do you think about this premise? Does attitude determine altitude?   I would be interested in your opinions.  What Are […]

2014 Reading Resolutions

Well, it is a full two weeks into the new year and most of my resolutions have already been -shall we say–revised.  Keep in mind…I said MOST, not ALL.  My reading resolutions are still on track.  I resolve to read more books this year than last year and to include more classics in the mix. […]

Time to Start Over?

During this time of year many teachers, especially early-career teachers, feel as if negative behaviors and patterns have settled in and become “the way it is” in their classes. These challenges interfere with student learning and undermine your ability to create a nurturing and inclusive classroom environment. Whether it’s constant and disruptive talking, low participation, […]

Welcome 2014: Resolutions

I don’t know about you but every year I try to make some changes for the better but writing resolutions has not always been a successful strategy for me.  Usually my list of resolutions is visible and on track until about January 15th and then real life takes over once again.  However, I ran across […]