Andragogy, Leading Edge Certification, Professional Development, Soft Skills

Adult Learners Are More Than Just “Big Kids”

September 20, 2016

Currently, I am participating in the Leading Edge Certification for Professional Learning Leaders through the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Our discussion this week focused on the unique qualities of adult learners. After reading our text and completing the sketchnotes above, I came to some clarity on the topic. Based on the visual notes above, my biggest ah-hah about…

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Apple Teacher, Badges, Google for Education, Professional Development

The Marriage of Google and Apple… It WILL End Happily Ever After #AppleTeacher #GoogleEDU

September 13, 2016

I recently went through the Apple Teacher Program online and earned all of my badges for both the iPad and the Mac interfaces. I’m blown away by how much of an impact it has had on me as a Mac user and educational technologist. It surprises me that it’s taken me this long to jump into these Mac software programs…

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Learner Behaviors, Lifelong Learning, Professional Development, shift, Soft Skills

Shifting Culture — It Shouldn’t be easy.

April 30, 2016

After reflecting on our time with the BrightBytes team at the Santa Clara Couty Office of Education, it occurred to me that my favorite takeaways had nothing to do with data at all. Ironic, right? Instead, I left thinking more about changing mindsets — inspired by the talk offered by Robert Dillon, Community Director of BrightBytes Institute. Above is a sketch…

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How do You Create Community in an Online or Blended Learning Environment?

December 23, 2015

Student engagement is an essential quality of any learning environment in 2015. Students are entering both physical and virtual learning spaces with experience as gamers, social networkers, designers, collaborators, questioners, and researchers. What if instructors took those skills and created regular learning opportunities that called upon those traits as academic strengths? Would students feel more or less comfortable while learning?…

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Badges, Learner Behaviors, Soft Skills

How Can You Capture Student Learner Behaviors Outside of the Report Card?

October 28, 2015

I have had the privilege of coaching teachers and administrators throughout our district for two and a half years, and by far the most frequent question that I have heard lately is around documenting, reporting, and communicating about learner behaviors without tying them to the letter or standards-based grade. I’ve been challenged with this because as a classroom teacher, I had a “participation”…

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ConnectedTL, Google Certified Innovator, Lifelong Learning, Professional Development, Soft Skills

My Educrushes – Connected Life Matters! #CE15 #connectedtl

October 5, 2015

I’m asked often how I manage to stay connected to other educators on Twitter, Voxer, in regional groups, and face-to-face while also (1) completing my day job, (2) being a mom, (3) being a wife, (4) being me, and (5) keeping a smile on my face. To these people, I dedicate this post because the simple truth is this: being…

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ConnectedTL, EduSelling

Edu-Selling

August 19, 2015

For those of us in the field of education, we’ve never thought of our jobs as Sales. Yet, I believe that’s exactly what our job is each and every day. You see, our product is education – in the form of lessons, units, projects, and initiatives. Our customers are the learners – in the form of students, peer teachers, administrators,…

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ConnectedTL, CUE, CUE Rockstar, Lifelong Learning, Professional Development, Servant Leadership

A Year in Review – #connectedTL #cuerockstar

July 10, 2015

When I think back over my professional journey this last year, I am reminded of one of my favorite movie lines compliments of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” To say that my professional life has been moving fast is a gross understatement. Here’s a quick…

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