Archive for July, 2013

Use IT and APPS as You Plan for the Beginning of 2013-2014

As you begin to plan for  new classes and the first day of school, have you looked at and played with some new apps that might engage your students more this fall?  There are so many to choose from that sometimes it is just too much to tackle– especially if using technology and apps are […]

Getting your Mind and Attitude Ready for the First Day of School

    First, a question: Are you excited or dreading the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year?  The answer to that question may have a lot of influence on how successful your teaching and learning will be this year.  Many of us have had little time to reflect on last year and very little time […]

In 2013-14, will you be a positive teacher?

Today is a day of reflection on the past and the future so I would like you to take a moment to think of: the teacher that influenced you the most; the teacher that made learning exciting; the teacher that cared about you and every student in the class; and the teacher that you need […]

Schools that Work— How You Can Make Differentiation Work in Your Classroom

Believe it or not, the 2013-14 school year is just about to begin and teachers everywhere are starting to think about ideas on how to make instruction better for the students in their upcoming classes.  As a teacher and administrator, I would spend my summers rejuvenating myself and then beginning about the middle of July […]

Charging the Human Battery: Day 7 — Smell the Roses

“True silence is to the spirit what sleep is to the body…nourishment and refreshment.” William Penn Solitude and connecting with nature is a fundamental human primordial need.  Many tribal cultures have an old ritual of going alone into the wilderness to seek clarity, to purify themselves and to renew their purpose and direction in life. Barbara […]

Charging the Human Battery: Day 6 Share the Gift of Kindness

” Life engenders life. Energy creates energy.  It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” Sarah Bernhardt According to Sonja Lyubormirsky, author of The How of Happiness, one of the successful happiness boosters is performing acts if kindness— volunteering for a charity, opening a door for someone, feeding the homeless or taking an elderly […]