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Goal #5 … Feed Your Inspiration

January 9th 2013 in 30 Goals, Mentoring

Although I am behind in the #30Goals challenge, I still find setting goals a source of inspiration.  Lately, I have been spending more time on Pinterest … in the Education board … and I recently started a board of “Quotations | Inspirations.” In addition, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving – the season to be thankful.  [...]

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10 Ways to Transform Your Mentoring

November 12th 2012

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a (I call her at least colleague that I have met virtually.  She has pushed me out of my comfort zone many times.  I am always brought back to her when I am considering ways to improve my practice.  So I am using her ideas for “Transforming Your Teaching” to help [...]

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Goal #4 Reveal Their Strengths

April 8th 2012

So, as in the movies, there is such a thing as “The Perfect Storm.” As I finally arrived at Goal 4, Reveal Their Strengths, I realized I have seen this message many, many times. You Matter by Angela Maiers … probably my introduction to this idea. Angela’s message is to encourage us to “evidence genius” [...]

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Goal #3: Ask a Learner

March 17th 2012

Once again, Shelly Terrell has astounded me with a goal that aligns with my personal philosophy as well as another site / information I’ve recently found an interest in.  I have 4 children, and I am constantly amazed at their variety of interests and learning styles. So, how will I accomplish this goal as a [...]

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Goal 2: “Magical” Moment in Teaching

February 6th 2012

Today, as I was reading this goal, I thought about a question I was asked recently … “If you were to walk away from this job, what is the greatest experience you would take with you?”  (Of course, I am now paraphrasing … Even though Shelly is talking about teaching – and I have so [...]

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Goal 1: Me Manifesto #30Goals

January 30th 2012

I must admit … I’m SO EXCITED!  Last year, when I discovered Shelly Terrell, her website “Teacher Reboot Camp,” and her #30Goals initiative, I felt like that was exactly what I needed to REBOOT.  So … here we go again … #30Goals in 2012!     My Manifesto I believe that all students deserve the [...]

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Inspiration Part I

January 12th 2012

Although my days are filled to the brim with conferences, observations, and paperwork, I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on my practice, my job, and my passions.  As I was walking from classroom to classroom, I started to think of the word “inspiration.”  Who inspires me? What inspires me? How does that [...]

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Happy New Year – Reflections and Resolutions

January 1st 2012

My thoughts these days feel so scattered … 2011 began and ended in a whirlwind of responsibilities, aspirations, and wonders.  I cannot believe all that I have accomplished this year.  Yet there is so much I want to do in 2012, I don’t quite know where to begin … except here! Reflections … 1.  A [...]

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Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

November 14th 2011

As you can see, I have had very little time to blog this month.  (I haven’t even posted my top 5 blog posts due to my lack of time.)  So, today, I must admit I was inspired by Lisa Dabbs “Mentoring Mondays.” As a full-release mentor, I find myself put in a position often where [...]

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