Your State of Mind Matters as Much as the Words You Speak: Learning to Self-Regulate Before You Communicate.

A busy week, a crazy schedule, overwhelmed and overworked. With that state of mind any minor ask from others can become a major irritation for me. My heart rate increases while my patiences decreases. My facial reaction is no longer a game face, but one of frustration or irritation. And worst off.....my response to a request tends to not represent my best-self, but one of frustration and anxiety.

Leading with Grace Through Difficult Circumstances.

It might be saying no to a program or special event that has always been done-but needs to be done. It might be listening to a parent or guardian express frustration because you are unable to share details of a recent event that involved their child-but other children as well. It could even be a... Continue Reading →

Encouraging creativity, risk-taking, and innovating professional development. #HackingEarlyLearning

Start Leading Professional Development the Way You Want Students to Learn#HackingEarlyLearning Listen   Just like learning our classrooms, learning in the staff lounge has to look different. Each one of us comes in with different passions, different skill sets and amazing ideas about how best we can continue to serve our students. Finding ways to... Continue Reading →

Cultivating strong relationships with all stakeholders. #HackingEarlyLearning

Change The conversation With Parents#HackingEarlyLearning Listen   When we frame interactions with families coming from a place of building opportunities to learn from their child’s first teacher we can start having a meaningful conversation with parents. Finding time to build those relationships requires creativity, effort and time to engage with parents in any way possible. ... Continue Reading →

Creating coherence between the worlds of early ed and K-12. #HackingEarlyLearning

Invite Yourself Out and Invite Others In#HackingEarlyLearning #HackSeven Listen   When we are working together, PreK and K-12, in authentic ways-communication, collaboration and high expectations for all students becomes the real focus of everyone's work. Finding ways to work and learn together and less in isolation from the each other is critical to ensure the... Continue Reading →

Innovating, aligning, and providing time for play and learning. #HackingEarlyLearning

Please Put Play Back In the School Day. #HackingEarlyLearning It really is as simple as that. Leaders take the time to listen, learn and then lead in this essential component of a student's school day. The research is available, play is integral in developing skills in all students. Many teachers are ready to go with... Continue Reading →

Find Your Technology Focus. #HackingEarlyLearning

Creativity, Computational Thinking, and Coding. Can all three of these things work together to enhance our student's learning experiences and allow more authentic voice in classroom learning? Yes. What we call toys-students call the tools to their futures.  #HackingEarlyLearning  Listen   When we stop worrying about all the things technology couldn’t do for us-we can start... Continue Reading →

Incorporating Social Emotional Learning as a Core Curriculum.

More and more Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a conversation coming up in kindergarten, and every other grade. Continuing these conversations and looking at the whole child is important in ensuring we are creating environments for success. Love them first, then help them learn. #HackingEarlyLearning Listen   Learning the hidden and visible rules of your... Continue Reading →

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