15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #8 Tech Play Before Academics

Think about a time you introduced a new tool to your students. Perhaps you're thinking about the time you taught them how to change their backgrounds on Zoom? Maybe you're thinking about the time you first handed them a personal white board and dry erase marker? Some of you might be thinking about the time … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #8 Tech Play Before Academics

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #7 Establishing Routines for Learning

After starting to establish relationships with students, perhaps the next most important action we can start to work toward is establishing predictable and consistent, yet flexible routines and procedures for learning. When routines are in place and understood by all involved, it's much easier for a seamless school day to take place. I'll never forget … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #7 Establishing Routines for Learning

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #6 Building Community on the First Couple Days of School

In past years, the first day of school has always been joyous- the anticipation of a new year, and in the case of my students, the final year of their elementary school journey. I loved throwing open the classroom door to see my students' eager and nervous faces lining up ready to start the first … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #6 Building Community on the First Couple Days of School

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #5 Continue to Nurture the Most Important Relationships in Your Life

Quote from Misty Copeland. Image is my own of my parents. This is my absolute favorite picture of my parents. It must be at least 15 years old- it's the one I cherish most. I snapped this photo in the backyard of the house I grew up in. My parents have since moved a five … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #5 Continue to Nurture the Most Important Relationships in Your Life

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #4 Lean on Colleagues & Professional Networks

Here's my team. This was the day we went back into school to pack up our classrooms for the summer and now beyond. If you've read the prior posts in this series, you'll have probably noticed that I mention my fifth grade team quite a bit. Every single day, I think about how fortunate I … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #4 Lean on Colleagues & Professional Networks