Bumpy Roads are Sometimes Meant to Be

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If you were told that the job you were offered, your dream job, would be the most difficult task you’ve ever taken, and you might fail…would you do it? That is the decision that I was faced with in July before accepting my current position. Of course I took it because that’s what taking a risk is about…doing what is uncomfortable because in your heart, you know that it is what you are meant to do. I was told up front that the road would be bumpy….that successful management of this particular area has been difficult in the past. The …




10 Tips for Connecting Real Life to Tweet Life

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I was in a hotel room at TCEA two years ago when I participated in my first edchat. I was active for about three weeks then I stopped. It was last year during ISTE that I started tweeting again and I have been hooked since. Twitter has enabled me to connect with an amazingly diverse group of educators. However, it was face to face conversations that have either opened doors or created paths toward life long friendships. This post is 100% about sharing my strategies for connecting. These are things that worked for me and it may or may not …




Owning Your Genius

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Yesterday at the Beyond the Textbook forum, I had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak about her program aimed at kids owning their genius. It made me think. I was surrounded by people who I believe are geniuses in their own right. Yet, as I thought of myself and who I am, I found myself questioning my own knowledge YET again…albeit briefly, but I did. I am a habitual learner. On a whim, if something appeals to me, I self-teach. It is who I am. The problem is that when you have so many bits and pieces of knowledge, …




Moments that Matter: Knowing Your Purpose

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I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. Our SMARTboards had just arrived on campus and I was so excited that I ran to the library to see them! After leaving, I ran into a district representative and sparked a conversation. I told her all about the classroom that I left behind and how my students were engaged because math was exciting. I shared with her about our ipad implementation and how I started with one ipad which eventually progressed to our use of almost all of our school ipads. The more that I talked…the more excited I became. …




Moments that Matter: Don’t Expect to be Presenting at ISTE

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Around the time that ISTE proposals were due, I met with my mentor professor, who is a long standing member of ISTE. She wanted to speak to me about being a part of a panel that she was submitting on the use of iPads in the math classroom. As the person that I credit with an extremely large proportion of the success in my career, I told her that I would. In addition, I also told her that I was considering a proposal too. I’ve been working for little over year “tinkering” with using data to drive student performance assessments …




Lessons Learned from Beyond the Classroom

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This year, as my career has drifted farther and farther away from the classroom, I’ve found myself feeling the “hunger pangs” of the classroom experience. I miss the excitement of teaching kids and that euphoric feeling witnessing their aha moments in math.┬áThere is no greater feeling than “your own kids” being successful and knowing that you had a hand in that. As a classroom teacher, I played that role with pride. When I accepted this position as a high school math strategist/department chair/mentor, I had no real idea how difficult the path towards school leadership would be. It has not …




Moments that Matter: Passion Speaks Volumes

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If you follow my tweets, you’ve often seen me post the phrase…”Passion is contagious, share it!”. Passion is the moving force that drives us from being just “ok” to extraordinary. It’s what connects our hearts to our actions. When our actions are being led from the heart…any being within a radius, either face to face or digital FEELS it. A year ago, I rode with a colleague to a conference where we were both presenting. At the time, he was a classroom teacher. He has since gone on to follow his passion, working with an educational technology company connecting classrooms …