education, kindness, REBkind, reflection, writing

Becoming an Author in 2019

As I sit here at my writing desk reflecting on the past year, I am simply awestruck. I don't even know if I can fully articulate the impact 2019 has had on my life. It has been a transformational year. In 2019, I became a published author. Just typing those words still brings the novelty… Continue reading Becoming an Author in 2019

education, ITRT, kindness, REBkind

Be the I in Kind

Often when I am traveling and speaking, people will ask, "How do you teach about kindness when you don't have a class of your own?" It's the spark of a rich conversation focused on key elements of my role as an instructional coach and technology integrator. Simply put, I collaborate with teachers and administrators daily!… Continue reading Be the I in Kind

education, ITRT, kindness, reflection, travel

The True Meaning of “Going 1:1”

One week ago I was presenting on a stage to a packed room filled with educators excited to learn more about cultivating kindness with their instructional lessons. The room was buzzing with positivity as people entered, and I was right there in the mix, greeting people at the door as they arrived. It was the… Continue reading The True Meaning of “Going 1:1”

education, reflection

Celebrating the Average Child

I've always disliked the word "average" especially in correlation to student growth. Yes, I know it's a common word, and yes, I realize you have to have SOME word to represent the middle-of-the-road achievement. But "average" has always struck a nerve with me because of its lackluster negativity: not really awful, but not that great… Continue reading Celebrating the Average Child

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Texas Kindness: Character Strong

What does it mean to be "Character Strong?" I have pondered this question, allowing it to swirl a bit in my mind, ever since I returned from my visit to Houston, Texas in March. During that trip, I was graciously allowed to tag along with Barbara Gruener as she and other kindness cultivators around the… Continue reading Texas Kindness: Character Strong

education, kindness, REBkind, travel

Texas Kindness: Jet Stream Jax

The third visit in our Texas Kindness Tour was meeting a very special student named Jet Stream Jax. If you've been following my blog for a while, you may recognize his name from my Remixing Relevance post in October 2017 where I shared about his community of Friendswood, Texas receiving catastrophic damage from Hurricane Harvey… Continue reading Texas Kindness: Jet Stream Jax

education, kindness, REBkind, travel

Texas Kindness: Kids Deserve It

The second stop of my kindness tour with Barbara Gruener was visiting Webb Elementary School to meet principal, Todd Nesloney, author of Stories from Webb and co-author of Kids Deserve It and Sparks in the Dark. I met Todd in 2014 when we both presented Ignite sessions for the ISTE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In… Continue reading Texas Kindness: Kids Deserve It