Moving Forward with Purpose (v2)

Moving Forward with Purpose (v2)

Tomorrow I begin my sixteenth year of teaching in the classroom!  This year is different.  I have moved to a new school in a new district.  I do not have my own classroom this year; I will be moving amongst three, yes three, classrooms.  I will also have the opportunity to teach sixth graders and …

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Stepping Through the Doorways

Stepping Through the Doorways

My family’s life is hectic, some might say crazy. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful area in the mountains outside of Denver. For the last 17 years I have taught in a suburb of Denver located about 45 minutes from home. My children attended school in the same town that I taught in. …

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The Messages We Send

The Messages We Send

Something I’ve been thinking about lately is modeling appropriate use of social media. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to be a teenager right now, trying not only to navigate through today’s physical world but also trying to navigate through their online world.  Bad choices with social media can have huge, life impacting …

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Focus on the Learning: The Power of Mastery

Focus on the Learning: The Power of Mastery

We all know that learning is messy.  We’ve seen this messiness over and over again in our classrooms.  I happened across this modified image from Demetri Martin in a blog post by George Couros recently and I think it accurately illustrates the idea of learning.   Photo Credit:  George Couros – goo.gl/sL5Ksa One of the …

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Status Quo

Status Quo

Recently, my daughter had to make an important decision. She had to decide if she wanted to maintain status quo. Would she stay with what was comfortable and easy, but overall incredibly unsatisfying or step outside of her comfort zone and do something different, something uncomfortable, something scary, but something that was ripe with opportunity …

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Making Daily Pages a Habit

Making Daily Pages a Habit

I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a few months now. I started a blog, Reinventing Class, over three years ago with the goal to publish a post every month. I’ve only been averaging a handful of posts every year – 3 to 4 if I’m lucky.  Recently, I read a blog post …

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Ignite: A New Learning Experience

Ignite: A New Learning Experience

Last summer I decided to participate in an Ignite session at the InnEdCO 2015 conference.  The Ignite motto is “Enlighten us but make it quick”.   An Ignite is a fast paced, 5 minute talk where the presenter must use a pre-timed, 20 slide presentation.  In math terms, this means that each slide automatically advances after …

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Let’s Focus on Thinking Instead

Let’s Focus on Thinking Instead

After returning from a long, relaxing and thoughtful winter break, our staff spent a lively hour discussing our school wide goal for this year.  I know, a little late, but we’ve been waiting on PARCC data.  For the last three years, our building focus has been writing.      The challenge has been how to …

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Sundays Are Hard

Sundays Are Hard

Transitions – for our most impacted students, and many others, transitions are hard.  Transition from elementary school to middle school, from 5th period to 6th period, from science to social studies, from Sunday to Monday. I get it; sometime during the last two years of high school, Sunday’s suddenly got hard for me. Thinking back, …

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One Meaningful Adult

One Meaningful Adult

This morning, I had the privilege of hearing Jonathan Mooney speak at Arvada West High School.  Jonathan painted a poignant picture of his experience as a dyslexic, ADHD student and the role that pivotal adults in his life played as he navigated our education system.   Through a series of personal stories, Jonathan challenged our traditional …

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