“There’s a tool for that!”

As a teacher, the words optimal, effective, most suitable, best, efficient, maximum and greatest often catch my attention.  I have discovered early in my career that time is of the essence. Time is something that I always need, and most often, not…

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Promoting Student Agency Using Technology

In the year 2014-15, the US Department of Education reports that there were 4.8 million English language learners (ELLs) in the K-12 population across the country (https://www2.ed.gov/datastory/el-characteristics/index.html#intro). Students identified …

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The Value of Reflection: Looking Back as a Way to Move Forward

Community Engagement Project Reflection Time is a priceless commodity in the teaching and learning arena.  If you ask any educator, there’s never enough time to do something, to teach something, to learn something, to create something.  The l…

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Reflection’s Power in Educators

Module 1 – ISTE for Coaches Standard 4a: Collaborate with educators to develop authentic, active learning experiences that foster student agency, deepen content mastery, and allow students to demonstrate their competency. For educators to develop this skill, a coach can … Continue reading

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The Role of Reflection in Professional Learning & Development

When considering the role of an instructional coach or any kind of professional learning facilitator, it’s important to note how their roles are both similar and dissimilar to that of a typical classroom teacher.  Both are educators hoping to assist students in reaching learning goals.  A notable difference, however, is the fact that instructional designers/coaches work almost exclusively with experienced adult learners who are already professionals in their fields.  In what ways, then, …

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Feedback and Professional Learning

Feedback – a word that can bring up a whirlwind of emotions at its mention. It’s in our human nature to want to know how […]

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Acknowledging change to improve the future.

Change happens.  Change exists.  Change is.  Whether change is qualified as good or bad, bad or good is based upon personal perspectives, experiences, and understandings reflective of situational contexts.  Emotionally charged, excessively logical, or flying …

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Planning for Professional Development

ISTE Standard 4: Professional Development and Program Evaluation Performance Indicator B Design, develop, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. This week I am taking a look at the beginning stages of Professional Development. The question that I […]

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Reflecting on Coaching in EDTC 6105

For my EDTC DEL 6105 course this quarter I worked on a community engagement project, where I coached a peer to help them integrate technology into their classroom. ISTE Coaching Standard 1 Visionary Leadership states that “Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of […]

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Facilitate Failure to Allow For Creation

How many times did the technological ‘Founding Fathers’ have to fail in order to create something our world could not live without? When I think about it, all of our founding fathers in American history, focused on citizenship at a deep level, they created, they failed, they redesigned, and they worked at the idea again… Continue reading Facilitate Failure to Allow For Creation

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