Tag: Providing Instructional Leadership

For the last three years, I have shared some of my favorite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing year and beyond!! 2017  |  2018   |  2019 “Students should have rich, relevant, … [Read more…]

Read More 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2020

I have always struggled with the “it is easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission” mentality.  I know this is a mantra for many, and sometimes, depending on where you work, it makes sense.  I am someone who gets bad anxiety and wants to do right by those I work with and for so it … [Read more…]

Read More Asking For Help Too Early Rather Than Too Late

I found this quote from Susan Fowler’s book, “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work . . . and What Does” fascinating in the context of education, learning, and school; So a few thoughts on this quote for my reflection. In what parts of my own life do I find “joy” in the struggle of learning? Where … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Conditions to Consider in Finding Joy in Learning

A teacher was sharing a story about a student in her grade one class that had struggled with reading. One thing she tried was providing a student an iPad to read texts, and because of the ability to enlarge the text, all of a sudden, the student was reading. More importantly, the student was enjoying … [Read more…]

Read More Is it transformative to the learner?

It is with great pleasure that I share  “Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset” my co-authored book with Katie Novak, is now available. As the follow-up to “The Innovator’s Mindset,” this book is meant to not only help you create a vision for what our schools and classrooms can … [Read more…]

Read More Innovate Inside the Box (The Book)

Something I have been focusing on quite a bit as of late is the idea of innovation in education being more focused on depth rather than being something new.  For example, a lot of organizations (including education) are always touting being on the “cutting edge” as they are embracing the “latest and greatest” technologies or perhaps strategies.  … [Read more…]

Read More Innovation Focused on the Ability to Improvise

I received a really great question the other day from a teacher regarding the notion of “innovation” and how I see it as something that is both “new and better” (with the emphasis on the “better”). I discussed this concept from “The Innovator’s Mindset” in the following paragraph: For the purpose of this book, I’m … [Read more…]

Read More Defining a Personal Path to Success

As a child, I did not read much. I definitely did not read for pleasure, but I read because I had to. Part of the reason I didn’t enjoy reading was that I was continuously asked to read books in which I was not interested in the classroom setting. Now that I think about it, … [Read more…]

Read More The Gifts of Each and Every Child

Elisabeth Bostwick, author of “Take the LEAP; Ignite a Culture of Innovation,” recently shared this post on “behavior charts.” She opens her post with the following: Early on in my career, I didn’t realize that spending an abundant amount of time creating behavior charts was unnecessary. I also didn’t realize that it was a waste of … [Read more…]

Read More Knowing Your Students As Individuals to Help Them Grow Forward

In the leadership blog, “Lead Change,” the article “Addicted to Change” starts by discussing exactly what the title suggests; leadership is often addicted to continuous change.  As indicated by the author, purposeful change begins with why you are changing, but it takes time and a focus on depth for any critical change to be meaningful to the … [Read more…]

Read More Purposeful Change That is Focused on Depth and Time

In the leadership blog, “Lead Change,” the article “Addicted to Change” starts by discussing exactly what the title suggests; leadership is often addicted to continuous change.  As indicated by the author, purposeful change begins with why you are changing, but it takes time and a focus on depth for any critical change to be meaningful to the … [Read more…]

Read More Purposeful Change That is Focused on Depth and Time

I am sitting in a Starbucks, and focusing on writing.  I tend to come to this place because I know the taste of what I am going to drink, and I also know that I can work with people in my vision, but in isolation with no interruption.  I like the “routine” of it all, … [Read more…]

Read More Human Disconnection

I am sitting in a Starbucks, and focusing on writing.  I tend to come to this place because I know the taste of what I am going to drink, and I also know that I can work with people in my vision, but in isolation with no interruption.  I like the “routine” of it all, … [Read more…]

Read More Human Disconnection

From the article, “Why reading 100 books a year won’t make you successful.” Personal development books are only as helpful as the action we take after reading them. All the methodologies and frameworks in the world won’t impact us if we can’t process them properly. Elon Musk and co., attribute their success to reading because … [Read more…]

Read More What do you do with what you know?

From the article, “Why reading 100 books a year won’t make you successful.” Personal development books are only as helpful as the action we take after reading them. All the methodologies and frameworks in the world won’t impact us if we can’t process them properly. Elon Musk and co., attribute their success to reading because … [Read more…]

Read More What do you do with what you know?