Teaching & Learning Blog Posts
Change is in the Air
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. - Winston Churchill
Launch Month for the T&L Team!
February is a “Launch” month for the Teaching and Learning team...
Survey of Your Needs
In my mind this time of the year always brings some reflection.
Hard to believe it is already that wonderful time of the year again!
The Times, They Are a Changin'!
The Teaching & Learning team is also witnessing some extraordinary changes...
The Constant Search for Positive Solutions that Benefit our Students
Full house today in our offices with teachers receiving training on NWEA.
Tenacity, Grit, Perseverance!
You are the single most important change agent for your students & schools!
Keep it Simple!
Keep it simple: sometimes that's easier said than done, especially in education.
You’re Never Too Old to Learn!
Thoughts on iPadpalooza and the new school year.
Having Those Tough Conversations
How will you have some of those tough conversations? How will they sound?
The Issue of Inclusion
Are you being inclusive in your school's important conversations?
We welcome you back to a new school year and look forward to helping you!
On Civility and Respect
How do you teach your students about these critically important words?
Using a Variety of Tools for Your PD
Creating new PD opportunities on different platforms has become our focus.
What Drives Educators to Be the Best They Can Be?
We know that some of our best lessons come from the most unexpected places.
It’s the Little Things That Make Educators Happy!
What little things make you happy?
Remembering That All Voices Matter
We must remember to give all voices and ideas a chance, no matter one's age.
Reflection: Are You Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Challenges?
How are you preparing your students for a changing world?
Accentuate the Positive!
Be the voice of positivity and encouragement for your students!
The Happiest of Birthdays to You, Mrs. Cleary!
Celebrating a special lady & author, Beverly Cleary, on this her 100th birthday.
Do we set high expectations for our students and stick to them all year?
Handwritten Letters: A Bygone Era?
Are we evolving to the point where the art of a handwritten letter will be lost?
Doing What We Can to Help All Children Reach Their Potential
Are we doing all we can to find the potential in each of our students?
A Tribute to Harper Lee
This is an extra to my weekly blogs because I couldn't let this moment slide.
“Change your mind, and you change the world."
I love the possibilities and power these words bring to any conversation.
What Are You Reading?
This past weekend, I was traveling and lost my Kindle, and I am quite sad.
A Moment of Gratitude
As a former administrator, I know being a principal or a superintendent is...
Modeling The Concept of Being Neighborly
Being neighborly costs nothing, but its value is beyond calculation. As I...
Without Data, Then How?
How does a teacher know which students are struggling readers, struggling in ...
Transitioning to the NEW
Happy 2016!! As I welcome in the new year, I always begin the “cleanse”...
Take Care of Yourself!
I’m not sure about you, but every Friday afternoon I pack my work bag with...
How to Encourage Active Listening in Your Classroom
Do we encourage active listening? How do you know when your students are...
Helping Your Students Cope With Disasters
The international events from the past week have left most, if not all of us...
Take a moment! Breathe! Relax! Breathe again. Even better, involve your...
The October Blues
Think back to your first year in education and your experiences in the...
Your Appearance Matters!
It never ceases to amaze me when I attend professional educational...
Let your teachers have a voice!
Let your teachers have a voice! Why not?? In the past week I have read two...
The Importance of Administrator Presence at Teacher PD Sessions
As I continue to do more professional development around the state, two key...
Changing the Conversation
Anyone can eat an elephant… one bite at a time! One of my mentor teachers...
RSA Update Information
Below is a slideshow presented during a recent OPSRC PD session by OKSDE...
Cell Phones in the Classroom: Friend or Foe?
My cell phone lost me today, but no worries–I didn’t panic! I kept telling...
Favorite Pastimes in the News
Oh, the hot days of summer! As educators, this is the calm before the August...
Self Reflection: Staying Ahead of the Game for our Students
“Digital Native.” This is a common term for the generation of students in...
Tuesday Solutions: Gratitude for Educators
Thank you! Yes, thank you to all educators who interact daily with your...
Tuesday Solutions: State of Urgency
This is what I hope all Oklahoma educators are feeling as they move into...
Tuesday Solutions: Summer PD & Ed Blogs to Check Out
It’s official: summer is here! Hopefully, you are looking forward to some...
Tuesday Solutions: Engaging Students AND Parents in the Importance of Reading
My best friend, a 1st grade teacher in northern Virginia, was brainstorming...
Friday Forum – Keeping Track
Do you have trouble keeping track of your favorite websites and articles?
Tuesday Solutions: Evernote, the Elephant on your Phone
Yes, I know, I am later than usual posting but I do have a good reason. OPSRC...
Friday Forum – Do You Tweet?
I have to admit – I don’t Tweet! But maybe I should. Is it just another way...
Tuesday Solutions: Become More Productive
Do you ever feel like there are just not enough hours in the day? Days in the...
Tuesday Solutions: Video and Professional Development
Teaching tends to be a solitary endeavor. Sure, we deal with people everyday...
Friday Forum: April is Poetry Month
Did you know April is Poetry Month? I didn’t. If you are looking for ways to...
Tuesday Solutions: Talk of the Town
It’s that season-evaluations are in and staff changes are in the air. How to...
Friday Forum – Learning Can Be Fun
Here are a couple of websites to make your Friday the 13th a little more fun...
Tuesday Solutions – Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Click on this link, 2015 calendar, to explore upcoming OPSRC professional...
Apps for your iPad
Looking for a way to utilize your new iPad more effectively? Check out these...