I am an elementary teacher in Northcentral Pennsylvania with a passion for exploring the depths of education. I hear over and over that there are many paths to excellence when it comes to classroom teaching, and I love to explore them all!
Connecting Ideas I first heard about this concept at the 2016 Pete & C in Hershey, PA (Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference) as Genius Time. Darlene Balaguer-Piernock from Methacton School District presented on her use of genius time in a presentation called Genius Time: Opening the … Continue reading Genius Corner: Catching High-Flyers, Motivating All Learners, and Providing Equal Access
Until I finished up the National Board process, I always felt like a puddle of good ideas. I loved what I did. I liked trying new things. I LOVED learning new ways to bring learning experiences alive to my students. But, again, all these things … Continue reading National Boards Process: Shape/Shake Up Teaching & Learning
I am a third grade teacher in Northcentral Pennsylvania, and it boggles my mind every day how I got here. They say it’s not the destination, it’s the journey, and for me, the journey helped to define my pedagogy long before I even knew it … Continue reading Not-So-Clear Calling
My first year teaching, I was a fifth grade self-contained teacher, and like everyone else, it was a bumpy learning experience. I had a very active student that was always moving about. My district embraced cooperative learning and my school was a Kagan model school, … Continue reading Movement Breaks & Active Learning Opportunities
As educators, we are constantly challenged with a balancing act – the understanding of where the fine-line is, and the awareness of when to cross it, and when not to. Sometimes is it just a hold-your-breath-and-go scenario, kind of like pulling out onto a blind intersection. You … Continue reading Teaching to the Test – And Other Fine-Lines
OK, so I know there are a lot of folks who philosophically disagree with this, but come on, free higher education to all? Even if to just to community colleges… Come on now, to whose expense? I am sorry, but that is not what I … Continue reading Free Higher Education? But what about Pre-K Through 12?
Gaining back that spirit took longer than anticipated. I knew I needed to make a lot of life changes, and the first was location. As much as it broke my heart to leave all I loved at Creeds, I knew without a doubt I needed … Continue reading Onward, and Upward, to PA I Go!