I’d Rather

…eat a pizza prepared by Geoffrey Zakarian wielding an Easy Bake oven, than one prepared by, uhhh… damn near anyone else using a $1000 oven. Just saying. Maybe that’s important, maybe it’s not. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what business this post has on my blog. Perhaps nothing. I’m open to that.   [...]

Principals as Teachers

Defining a title In my neck of the woods, we have a state & foundation-funded organization (Parents as Teachers) that supports parents in their quest to educate children during those crucial first three formative years.  Far too much data suggests that being significantly behind by age four can all too accurately predict failure in our [...]

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Beginning with the end There…  glad I got that out of the way.  There ended the longest blogless period I’ve had in about three years.  Not that I’ve ever been that prolific.  In fact, I’m pretty satisfied if I get time to write one post a week.  I use Twitter for the smalltalk.  Blogging, for [...]

Growing a Tree of Professional Development

Arboreal aspirations? During a time of the year when perhaps sugarplums should be dancing in my head, I seem to be conjuring trees.  More precisely-  massive, skyward-reaching, luxurious and well-rooted trees.  I can’t seem to keep from dwelling in the metaphor of a tree as it relates to a professional development plan.  My school, and [...]

Spheres of Influence

How fun is this? Three years ago I moved into a position of instructional coach for my building.  The majority of my days are now spent as a content-generalist coach focused on helping teachers improve pedagogical skills.  Our opt-in model keeps the conversation focused on one thing:  pedagogy as opposed to content.  This is a [...]