Things will be winding down - soon - but in this pre-Regents time in New York State, there's been a real shortage of time for me in blog-reading [forget writing for now] and tweeting. But this morning as I took a glance through my feed, this tweet caught my eye:
and I'm a real sucker for those "MUST READ" comments, so I clicked on through. And I recommend you do as well.
is an Assistant Principal in Texas, and has also been a 4th grade teacher and a technology coordinator. Her blog is difficult to describe - it is motivational, for she is clearly a leader. It has technology ideas, resources and links, as well as organizational tips that so many of us love (especially when they involve POST-ITS and COLORED PENS!).
But the post "Be More You" resonated deeply with me - something about the continual quest to improve, augment, transform ourselves as teachers, friends, partners, parents. And as I clicked around various links on the blog, I continued to find informative, entertaining and heartening ideas. Maybe you'll find some too.
On a way more mathematical classroom note, Daniel Schneider's (aka Mathy McMatherson
) reflective post this week "Classroom Interactions in a Common Core World"
is a great read of a year-end reflection on one of the deeper shifts required in a Common Core-aligned classroom, specifically with respect to student thinking and articulation. Mathy
(or does he prefer Daniel??) breaks down his intentional plan to get students listening to one another's ideas, complete with his well-thought out strategies, materials and an analysis of the results. Another great read, with lots of food for thought, and ideas for next year.
Hope you are winding down (and I hope I will be doing that soon as well!) -