Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Growing Leaders - Adult Development

While teaching the Supervision class at GW, I picked up this book to help guide my practice.  I have read several of her books and have found them all to be informative, easy to read, and most of all - relevant!  This particular book provides strategies and take aways, and most importantly, places for self reflection.  One of the most important tools we can use in our own learning is reflection - unfortunately, it becomes the thing we put to the side or neglect.  If you are working on  your own reflective practice and working with adults to "grow leaders" this is a great read that you can start using the day you read it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Beauty of the Anchor Chart

After completing an excellent lesson observation in an ELA class - I had a wonderful conversation with the teacher about going old school and using the paper anchor chart to aid in the lesson on predictions.  While I continually promote the use of technology, there is nothing like a reference tool to hand in the room to help students after completing a mini-lesson.  An easy way to decorate the room with learning tools that are helpful for students.  If you want to know more about these check out Laura Robb and the Reader's Workshop!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Recharging the Battery

We remember to do this with our electronic devices; however, we often skip our own, and decide rather to run on fumes.  But what is our productivity rate if we are tired, sluggish, and our judgement is less than 100%?  Staying rested, fueling our body with healthy items, and keeping fit is a key to remaining successful in our busy lives.  One of my favorite authors frames his life like this when considering whether he will do anything - "Will this (insert anything) help me become the best version of myself?"  So do I take a nap or go for a long walk?  Do I eat veggies or french fries?  Do I watch TV or read a good book?  It seems simple enough when you think about becoming the best version of yourself.  So this weekend, I decided that recharging my own battery would be the key to helping me be back on the road to being the best version of myself.  Nothing like a three day weekend to relax, catch up on life, and get in some great exercise.  Don't let your battery get into the red warning sign - take the time to charge up!