Reboot, again

Hello? Is this thing on? I’ve finally found this blog again after it got buried under a new country, new school and new classes. I’m officially dusting it off and planning to document the next phase of my career here at American Community School in Amman, Jordan. Hopefully, it won’t get buried again. Next year,Continue reading “Reboot, again”

Reflecting on my years with #AfricaEd

Almost four years ago I had an idea. I’d participated in a couple of Twitter chats and found them to be great inspiration and full of resources. But none of them seemed to take place during the hours I wanted to engage. The chats that I had found were all based in the US whichContinue reading “Reflecting on my years with #AfricaEd”

The Importance of Playing with Friends

At my school, there is a group of grown men and women who giggle and laugh every time they see each other on campus. Sometimes we just laugh and say to one another, “Wait til Monday.” For the past five years, we’ve had an after school football match for staff. When I first arrived, itContinue reading “The Importance of Playing with Friends”

Making it count

This week I get the opportunity to lead our secondary staff for an afternoon PD session. I have to be honest, at this point of the year, I’m not really expecting everyone to skip into the room filled with excitement. I’m thinking I’ll most likely need some motivational words to keep my audience from slipping out theContinue reading “Making it count”

A New Challenge

My two worlds have collided to bring me my most recent opportunity. The first is the world of connected educators. The second, my mom. Being connected has provided me with a plethora of opportunities, resources and friends. My Twitter world has helped me start an EdCamp and two international chats, be invited to facilitate at a conference, presentContinue reading “A New Challenge”

Learning on the Road

One of my favorite things about our Sunday surf trips, other than the surfing, is the time spent in the car with my boy. We have some pretty cool conversations as we drive the forty-five minutes from the city to the coast.  We watch football matches come to life on the side of the road,Continue reading “Learning on the Road”

Lessons from Lunch Duty

This week we had to move from the field to the MPH due to setting up for the PTO’s annual bazaar that’s happening tomorrow.  As I sat and watched the kids playing volleyball I noticed the following.  To be clear, this isn’t supposed to be a sweeping generalisation about the attitudes or behaviors of boys vsContinue reading “Lessons from Lunch Duty”

Learning While Leading

Technology in the classroom opens up a myriad of questions, but also presents fantastic opportunities.  Students have been using technology inappropriately since the beginning of education (finger nails on the chalkboard, games of pencil break, spitballs, those jumping things you make with paper clips). Our job is to present students with technology use that enhancesContinue reading “Learning While Leading”

Sharing is Caring and Full of Opportunities

As I mentioned last week, I recently made the decision to work through the ISTE Coaching Academy series.  I shared the idea with my PLN and it has quickly grown into more than I anticipated.  Recent conversations have led to the set up an online community for Technology Coaches in AISA.  I made the request toContinue reading “Sharing is Caring and Full of Opportunities”

Projects and Organization

This week absolutely flew by.  I’ve got enough projects in the works that it is definitely keeping me on my toes.  This week I submitted my Google Certified trainer application as I’m wrapping up the series of Certified Educator trainings for our staff.   I’m not sure what the results of the trainings will be.Continue reading “Projects and Organization”