You Do

Of everything I read for my doctorate degree, one of the most impactful was Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey’s “Better Learning Through Structured Teaching”. They explain their framework for the ‘gradual release of responsibility’ or what is commonly known among teachers as: “I Do, We Do, You Do.”  They introduce the concept by describing when … Continue reading You Do

Hitting the Record Button

I am probably my own biggest critic. I find when I finish a class, I think of all the things I should have said differently. I recognize my first group each morning are my guinea pigs. As I work through math problems, I’m constantly second guessing myself. Did I copy the problem right, did I … Continue reading Hitting the Record Button

Talking Politics

Within the first couple of weeks as a new principal, I received a number of complaints from parents about a social studies teacher. The parents reported that the teacher was making numerous negative comments about the president of the US at the time and was incorporating her opinion into test questions. When I contacted the … Continue reading Talking Politics

To Chat or Not to Chat

If you are teaching synchronously, most applications offer a chat feature. Students love it and it is a convenient way to garner questions, but, quite frankly, I see chat abused and misused more than I see it used constructively. When there is more than one instructor or moderator in attendance, chat is a convenient way … Continue reading To Chat or Not to Chat

Positive Vibes

First day of class is the time to set expectations and class rules  whether you are in person or virtual. While it is a priority to have a positive, upbeat environment, we need to make sure that all students are comfortable and feel supported. I have a number of colleagues that take time to create … Continue reading Positive Vibes

Get Set!

Online teachers are in front of their computers a lot more than those in a classroom. Setting up a workstation will help you be efficient and effective. Keep the following in mind to have a comfortable but workable set up: Go Ergo! You probably have a school/district issued laptop. An adequate computer station set up … Continue reading Get Set!

Lost in Translation

Have you seen the 2003 movie Lost in Translation? Written and directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray as a waning American movie star and Scarlett Johansson who plays a recent college graduate, the film unveils feelings of alienation and isolation in an unfamiliar culture. Shifting to distance learning is new territory and communicating … Continue reading Lost in Translation

More than a Bitmoji

I don’t recall where I saw it, but I read an article recently about the current teachers’ craze in creating Bitmoji’s. I have to confess, I am part of the trend. I had a lot of fun creating my likeness and sent some bitmoji texts to my kids. Although my colleague and friend Michelle Bowden … Continue reading More than a Bitmoji

A is for Access

Whether you call it No Child Left Behind or Every Student Succeeds, the underlying principle for public education is based on the concept that every child should have the opportunity to learn, grow and contribute to society. That opportunity was defined in the Educational Equity theory as equal access, participation and outcome (Brookover and Lezotte, … Continue reading A is for Access

Course Set Up

I completed the tutorial provided for the first online course that I enrolled in, but it took a couple of weeks of logging in and completing work to feel comfortable. I remember my heart rate increasing as I searched for the right button to click to post a discussion response or upload my assignments. I … Continue reading Course Set Up


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