My One Word for 2017 is Flow: Personal and Professional Reasons

FLOW is my #OneWord2017. It will guide my growth personally and professionally all year long! Personal reasons I’ve committed myself to the 365 Day Meditation Challenge with Insight Timer which I blogged about here. I’m going strong at 35 consecutive days! With an ACES score of 4 from childhood, it’s empowering to finally ‘get it’ that the answers I’ve sought outside of myself are actually within me, waiting to be found and released. It seems so simple and I’m realizing it actually is, once you connect into yourself. Building my…

Anti-Anxiety Breathing Technique You Can Count On. Literally!

Brain + relationships + mind. My current deep dive.   I’m doing the 365 Day Meditation Challenge with the Insight Timer Community and I couldn’t be more excited — and calm. Ha! I’m determined to help kids and adults, including myself, exercise control of their mind/body so they can relax, feel happy, and learn. I believe mindfulness and meditation (flow states) can play a key role. I blogged about it here.    I hear consistently that the key to mindfulness is breathing. “Focus on your breath,” they say. Why is your breath such…

5 Reasons I’m Doing the 365 Day Meditation Challenge

Over the past two years, whenever I actually made the time to close my eyes and meditate for 10 minutes in the early morning, I felt a sense of calm and happiness, as well as an ability to focus, that stayed with me all day long. A peaceful feeling emerged when my brain ‘let go’ from its busy-ness. It’s liberating to detach from and get outside of the mind! Mindfully meditating made me a better teacher, coach, and parent. What’s incredible to me is that meditating impacted not just me…

4 Lessons I Learned from a Silicon Valley Schools Tour

This blog was first posted onStartlandNews.com (@startlandnews) and then on GettingSmart.com. (@getting_smart)   In mid-May 2016, several of my fellow educators and I toured five innovative Bay Area schools. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that educators there understand the importance of finding new ways to engage and educate kids in an ever-changing, tech-focused world. Innovation and learner agency–the idea that education is the vessel through which learners develop independent thinking skills–is a top priority of these Bay Area schools. The results of such prioritization shine bright…

The Leadership Practice Your School District is (Probably) Not Doing

  Does your district (or school) have leadership principles that define and empower every person as a leader, like the ones above from the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, KS? If the answer is no, that’s a lot of leadership potential in your schools just ‘sitting on the shelf.’ If the answer is no, kick off your commitment to teacher leadership and create your district or school leadership principles. Superintendents and principals, invite teachers to co-create a set of district-wide leadership principles that will grow every person in your district and ‘give…

Teacher Leadership discussion on Blab

The #edbeat chat/Blab on Teacher Leadership just happened! Check out the #edbeat tweetstream and the #edbeat Blab, a 30 minute video of us talking about Teacher Leadership. Educators shared, mentored, supported each other on both Twitter and Blab tonight.  It was a beautiful display of teacher voice impacting our entire connected community. What’s that quote about the butterfly effect? Oh yea. Each voice impacts the universe? Yes it does.   Tonight’s chat and Blab, as well as our Voxer and GHO discussions leading up to tonight, were a beautiful learning experience for me, on both an…

Join the Teacher Leadership Conversation on #edbeat

A few weeks back Sean Gaillard and I got to talking, first on Twitter and then on Voxer. He asked if I’d be interested in guest moderating #edbeat on the topic of Teacher Leadership. I said YES to Sean. I think I may have shouted it! I appreciate Sean’s positivity, kindness, and connectivity-genius. Leadership is my true passion and talking about teacher leadership is something that NEEDS TO HAPPEN. I attended the 2016 National Summit on Teacher Leadership in Washington, DC on Feb 5-6 as part of the Kansas delegation, one…

Invite Teachers to Write for Your School or District Blog

When I woke up Saturday morning, I was not expecting to find a teacher blogpost written and published less than 24 hours after sending out a user/author invite. Jason McGee had never blogged and I did not help him in any way, except to give him the platform and an inspirational nudge. Jason McGee‘s 1st BLOGPOST!! The Sweet Taste of Motivation Update: Blogpost #2 by Jason. He has a gift for writing and storytelling. The Struggle is Real, and Learning is Really a Struggle The Backstory Last week I launched a…