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A Little Innovation: A New Tool and the Innovator Himself

I attended my first Innovation Institute conference in Springdale, Arkansas last summer, and I was fortunate enough to see George Couros deliver the opening keynote and then attend his session. There were a lot of takeaways from this conference, his keynote, and his session, but the one that really struck a chord was the idea of digital portfolios and a one platform system across grade levels and subject areas.

RELENTLESS #OneWord2019

So, my entrance into social media as an educator in 2016 has sucked me into the whirlwind of letting go of those pesky New Year's resolutions in favor of that one adoring word that can guide us through the upcoming year. That word can be a light that shines down on all that we do, illuminating areas in our lives and the day to day grind that are applicable. My first tentative #OneWord was born that January, 2016.

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4 WAYS TO SNEAK IN SEL AT EVERY GRADE LEVEL: PART 3 DEEP BREATHS

We weren't born to follow Deep Breaths: It’s no secret that deep breathing is nature’s best anti-stress medicine. It has stood the test of time as an old wives tale, primarily because there is some very powerful science behind why it is effective. One analogy used by Matthew MacKinnon MD in Psychology Today, describes it … Continue reading 4 WAYS TO SNEAK IN SEL AT EVERY GRADE LEVEL: PART 3 DEEP BREATHS

4 WAYS TO SNEAK IN SEL AT EVERY GRADE LEVEL: PART 2 Gratitude

The holiday season is especially tough for some students and adults, so taking time out to focus on gratitude can really have a positive impact on students and adults in your building or even district. If you’re thinking about doing it, here are some ways you can utilize it with students at every grade level or for yourself.

Deviled Eggs: A Holiday Saga

We celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband's family on Thanksgiving Eve. It is a fabulous time with his mom, sister and family, and friends. We are not a family only kind of crew, and often we collect very interesting attendees, but this year it was a small intimate gathering of family and friends, food, traditions, and connections. We loaded up the counter to serve dinner buffet style. Everyone prepped the food they brought, nibbled as we set up the appetizers, carved the turkey, visited, laughed, and enjoyed the pandemonium as Grandma's beautiful pair of half grown Great Danes rushed into the house every time a child inadvertently let them.

4 Ways to Sneak In SEL at Every Grade Level: Part 1

Social Emotional Learning (SEL), or teaching the whole child is beginning to gain a more prominent foothold in education. Starting it in your classroom may seem daunting, even though you understand the value and research behind it. It was for me, but as I begin to see benefits, sometimes immediately, then as I do with anything, I dive right in with both feet. What does SEL look like in the kindergarten classroom? In 8th grade? What about at the high school level?