BTJ Episode 008

Episode #8: It’s All About Relationships In this episode, we discuss why building relationships in schools is so important.   Show Rundown: We make references to The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros and Culturize by Jimmy Casas #Rx4Relationships Tweets from Jellick Elementary School #Rx4Relationships Tweets from Rowland Elementary School Morning Meetings Classroom Strategies for Making

A Smile Can Change Everything

Before we get started… During a #4OCFpln Voxer conversation a couple weeks ago, Naomi Austin made this statement, “Be the reason that somebody smiles today.” Throughout the morning there were lots of acknowledgments within the group about how we so often do that for one another. We have tremendous influence on others and I think

Let’s Catch Up, What’s New With You?

Before we get started… I shared previously about my apprehension for writing, that blogging is definitely outside my comfort zone, and that I have been inspired to write and blog by all the wonderful educators in the #4OCF Voxer PLN. They have become my PLF (Personal Learning Family coined by Sarah Thomas). After I posted

Beliefs > Actions > Vision

Co-authored by John Martinez, Sarah Opatkiewicz, and John Staumont At a recent retreat for administrators, the topic was leadership (what else?). One group presented how the media often portrays education (both teachers and administrators). Negative stereotypes are either the boring teacher (Ferris Bueller) or tyrannical principal (Lean On Me). Both portrayals belittle the work and effort