Five Things I Am Doing This Summer to Grow and Foster Growth #tmilearns

I can’t count the number of times I have heard this phrase since leaving the classroom, “Oh, I am so sorry you have to work all summer.” My response is always the same. “No, don’t be. I love summer work.” It is in the quiet of my office, when the students and teachers are gone, … Continue reading Five Things I Am Doing This Summer to Grow and Foster Growth #tmilearns

Innovation Kitchen: What’s Cooking? – #NAISAC @NAISNetwork #TMILearns @TMIEpiscopal

I've never seen myself as a mountain climber, but after yesterday's Innovation Kitchen session at the NAIS Annual Conference, I am reconsidering. I love the metaphor of a school's journey to innovation as a climb up a Magnetic Mountain, a series of day hikes, ascents and descents, and summits of innovation. All the while, the … Continue reading Innovation Kitchen: What’s Cooking? – #NAISAC @NAISNetwork #TMILearns @TMIEpiscopal

Museum Monday: The Power of Objects to Tell Stories – #BLOG365 Day 267 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

While at Neungamme Concentration Camp we heard an amazing story of the power of an object to tie individuals together and transcend cultures. One object held a narrative of the bravery in a time of incredible horror. Our guide shared the story of Fritz Bringmann, a prisoner in Neuengamme arrested for high treason. He was caught … Continue reading Museum Monday: The Power of Objects to Tell Stories – #BLOG365 Day 267 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

German Education Part One: Project-Based Learning – #BLOG365 Day 261 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour #PBL #PBLChat

I have been holding off on posting about German education because I knew it would be a meaty post that required some time to flush out. So, this will be part one of a small series on German education. I can't do justice to the German education system in one blog post! Before I begin … Continue reading German Education Part One: Project-Based Learning – #BLOG365 Day 261 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour #PBL #PBLChat

The Power of Play: German Edition – #BLOG365 Day 257 @TOPTeachGermany #TopStudyTour

When I applied to be part of the Transatlantic Outreach Program Study Tour to Germany I had to craft a lesson based on a recent news article about some aspect of German life or culture. We had a handful to choose from and, of course, I chose the one on playgrounds in Germany. The article … Continue reading The Power of Play: German Edition – #BLOG365 Day 257 @TOPTeachGermany #TopStudyTour

Using Video to Improve Instruction: Part 2 – #BLOG365 Day 207 @NBPTS #nbctstrong

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post entitled Using Video to Improve Instruction. At the time I had come across an old video of when I was doing an object-based lesson with students in my sixth grade world history class. Today a friend shot another video of me doing a lesson, using reciprocal … Continue reading Using Video to Improve Instruction: Part 2 – #BLOG365 Day 207 @NBPTS #nbctstrong