It’s All About Relationships

A colleague of mine recently interviewed for a new job with a different company. Our follow-up conversation included, not only how did it go, but the current way companies conduct interviews. For example, rather than the interviewer asking the interviewee a series of questions or having a lengthy conversation, a more common practice is a…

School Supplies!

Notebooks… File Folders… Pencils… Pens… Highlighters… Backpack… Paper… Calculator… It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been out of the classroom, the start of school makes me want to buy school supplies. There is something to be said about new beginnings and the excitement and anticipation of a brand new year. The past is past!…

Summer Learning!

Summer has officially started and so have the learning opportunities for our instructors. While summer training has its challenges (vacations, other professional development sessions, classroom and curriculum revamping) and all draw on teachers’ time, it is the one time of the year to capture and focus attention on learning new things to improve instruction. Learning…

Home Alone?

One of the challenges I had working from home was a feeling of isolation. And… one of the reasons I went back to work in a district was a need for collaboration, conversation, idea sharing. I work best in that kind of environment. What I found was radically different from what I hoped. I still…

eLearning Trends for 2015, Truth or Fiction

I love the optimism of a new year! Leaving behind old ideas and looking forward to new possibilities! Articles, blog posts, conversations follow this theme of anticipation during January.  Honestly, I like reading these posts much more than how to lose weight by spring break, saving money or organizing your closets. Really?! Is there anything…

Focusing on What is Important

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. Nikos Kazantzakis Holiday time gets me a little nostalgic. Please indulge my nostalgia and let me tell you about a person who made, and continues to make, a great impact on me, a former student of mine, Kevin. I met Kevin when he was…

Are You a Gatekeeper or Keymaster?

In the 1984 movie, Ghostbusters, Rick Moranis’ character, the Gatekeeper, was looking for the Keymaster. Cataclysmic events would occur once the Gatekeeper and Keymaster met and preventing such a catastrophe was the goal of the Ghostbusters.  There are times when our online and blended world feels a little like that.  Cataclysmic, catastrophic! Over the course of…