Category Archives: Reflection

The Writing on the Classroom Wall

BIG NEWS!!! Today is the official release date of The Writing on the Classroom Wall! Standing in my classroom in 1997, I was struck with a truth that was so unexpected and so important that I posted it on the wall of the classroom. Then I turned to the students and taught them what it meant. I called it the Big Idea. I had no idea that it would launch… Read Article →

I am on a Learning Mission

I am a learner on a learning mission.  I am determined to learn.  I am ready to step into new territory.  I cannot stand still.   With one foot on what I already know The other reaching for something new I stretch.   I do not blog because I am able.  I blog because I am trying to learn how, to learn more, and to learn from the learners who… Read Article →

12 Ideas to Propel Your Growth Journey

Educators are learners, working in learning communities, with fellow learners.  Our growth journeys are very important not only to ourselves, but to the many people with whom our lives intersect.  Understanding and constantly activating our growth journeys is an important part of our personal and professional growth.  Here are 12  ideas to prompt thinking about our journeys.   Your professional growth belongs to you. You own it.  Professional development is your journey… Read Article →

The Quicksand of Learning

If you blog, this might sound familiar:  Partway through a post, but not yet finished.  That’s me, right now.  I’m slugging it out, slogging through the middle.   The “quicksand middle” is how I’ve come to think of it.  The more I struggle, the more difficult it seems to be.  Oddly, I have everything I need.  The idea is clear and the concept is complete.  The words are on the page,… Read Article →

The Power of the PLN

It is November, 2004. I have 22 fifth grade students, but I’m not standing in front of them. In fact, I’m not in my classroom.  And I’m not even standing. I’m sitting in the front of a conference room that is filled with adults:  The Oregon School Boards Association Annual Convention. The steps lead up to a podium, and looking across the podium there are hundreds and hundreds of adults. … Read Article →

The Parent’s Story of the Child

Your potential effectiveness as a teacher to each student will continually increase throughout the year. Why? Because you have the opportunity to better understand each child as the school year unfolds.  You see opportunities to differentiate across the classroom, and you wonder how to make it happen – and you strive to find ways to meet the needs of each student.   In short, you begin to understand each child’s… Read Article →

#1reflection – What would happen?

#1reflection   This was the first tweet:   “I’m just wondering something… What would happen if educators posted just #1reflection at the end of each day? What effect would that have?”   Consumed by the race, crushed by the rush, and blurring forward into the busyness of life, we strain to prepare, to plan, to anticipate, to see it all coming.  We drive with passion into the future.   But… Read Article →