Monday, June 23, 2014

10 Things I Learned on the Last Day of School

  • The relationships between students and teachers are special
  • It is a good day to reflect
  • It is also a good day to look ahead and set goals
  • No matter how old you are popsicles taste just a little sweeter
  • Most kids are sad the year is over and are counting the days until the first day of school (only 63)
  • The teacher’s room is filled with goodies
  • 180 school days really isn’t all that much
  • The more you give to your students the more you will get back
  • We sure use a lot of paper
  • We have the best job in the world

Friday, June 13, 2014

Everything is Awesome…When you are Part of a PLC

For those of you who know me or have followed my blog, you know that I recently spent two years out of the classroom as an Induction Coach for the Rhode Island Department of Education.  You may also know that I am finishing my first year back in my home district as a teacher in a K-3 school.  I wouldn't change a thing about my two years “on the road”, they were career defining and helped me to grow into the educator I am today.  However, as I reflect on an amazing year back in a school, I can’t help but appreciate the things that come with being part of a community.

10 Reasons Why Being Part of a Learning Community is Awesome

  • Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Support
  • Feedback
  • Shared Vision
  • Goal Setting
  • Collegiality
  • Professionalism
  • Multiple Viewpoints
  • Reflective Practices