Happy 2016!

new-years-eve-1046699_640Happy New Year’s to my family, friends, co-workers, professional learning network peeps and social media friends! I’m grateful for all of you! I sincerely wish you all the best that life has to offer in 2016.

My focus areas for this year, and years to follow are:

  • Be more present for my family.
  • Take better care of my mind and body by giving myself more mental breaks, eating healthier and regular exercise. Giving myself the time to do this often comes last, but not anymore.
  • Focus more on relationships, by spending less time in my office, computer, phone or in meetings.
  • Take more risks at work.
  • Play more guitar, and that includes air guitar.
  • Quit New Year resolutions, and remain focused on sustaining the things I should be doing instead of waiting for that one time each year to reflect on them!

Well there they are! They certainly take on a life of their own once you share them publicly. Happy 2016!

The Innovator’s Mindset: A Must Read For Educators

It’s not often that I seek out books from education consultants and speakers professing to have the answers to solve our most pressing problems in public education, but I have stumbled upon an amazing book that really resonates with me. I haven’t even finished “The Innovator’s Mindset”, by George Couros, and I’m certain that every educator in the world should read it.

To sum it up, this book is the holy grail of common sense that we desperately need to push public education forward so it can remain relevant to the world we currently live in and beyond. I completely understand that the problems facing public education can be complex, and since many of the challenges education faces can’t be solved in the near future we must all focus on the one thing that we can change: Ourselves! This book can help you to do just that.

I just read this blog post from Seth Godin titled “Is it too little butter, or too much bread?“, and I thought the timing was impeccable! We simply aren’t going to be getting more resources in education anytime soon, so let’s take a hard look at what we’re doing and make some changes. On one hand I continue to be very concerned about the rising mental health needs of the students in our school district, and I know this is a growing concern across the country, so I don’t mean to discount this alarming trend or others. I simply want to focus on the positive, and the stuff we can change to help the learner.

I recommend that you read this book and share it with leaders in your school system!

Back At It…

An insightful article from one of our amazing special ed teachers

ms. melissa's marvels

Sometimes as a special education teacher, you get lost in the shuffle of things.  You start things sometimes that never get finished.  Your family gets the short end of the stick because you seem to be preoccupied with the lives your children live and your mind races… a lot!  You get lost in the trends, the innovations, and the due process.  Did I mention the due process?  Due dates come, due dates sneak up on you, due dates show up at your desk when you least expect them to…even when your calendar has been blinking with the due date.  It’s all part of the process.

After having recently attending the TIES Technology Conference for one day, a spark has been re-lit.  It was time to start the blog back up but get my students involved.  Technology is going to be a huge part of their education and the inevitable is…

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