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Cedar Falls, Iowa
"The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds" ~ ee cummings. I am not one of them. Mom. Wife. Educator. Just trying to change the world one day at a time.
Interests: Teaching and learning, ed tech, gaming in education, books, writing.
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I came across this article late last school year. Read it; it's worth your time. The idea of transformational leadership was not new to me. Being a connoisseur of ideas and the words we use to make sense of them -- as well as a hopeless Pollyanna -- I've spent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at No Cambridge Lady
I appreciate that the upcoming legislative session will provide another opportunity for public discourse around issues that really matter. As with many issues, I suspect a lack of understanding of a truly complex issue may be at the root of the Common Core debate. I'll seize this opportunity to highlight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at No Cambridge Lady
Glad this makes sense to both of you. I'm still thinking about all the discussions on Monday. Next I'm going to figure out the relationship between standards and competencies. That's a critical roadblock right now.
Lately I’ve been wrestling with some seemingly incongruous ideas. On one side of the dichotomy rest the notion that there is a core of learning that we must ensure all students attain and, related, the idea that every student must leave the PK-12 system college and career ready. On the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at No Cambridge Lady
As our state legislature churns around the biggest educational issues that will be taken up this session, I’d like to invite everyone to the middle. Partisanship has driven us to our separate corners in a conversation where there is a tremendous amount of room for agreement. While I can appreciate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at No Cambridge Lady
Thanks for your comments, Jason. I so appreciate your responsiveness. This kind of open dialog is rare in other states, so I want to be sure to acknowledge how much I value it. I do think we are coming to the table with different constructs of transformation. My bias is for that which fundamentally changes the way students experience learning. That is a view that probably limits my ability to appreciate significant changes in others areas of the education ecosystem. As with all perspective, mine is a product of the world in which I live. I am fortunate to be working in a district that is doing much right. I can concede that my definition of transformation is narrow. CBE aside, I will always long for a way to speed up the process of testing, studying and sharing new ideas in education. I just don't have the patience to sit back and wait for traditional methods. My kids (and too many other people's kids) are growing up too fast for that. I'll clarify my frustration with the CBE work - and perhaps it's as simple as a mismatch between words and actions. The words I constantly hear are words of hesitancy because CBE is not currently developed in a way that is evidence based or scalable and replicable with validity -- and that the DE's focus has to be on those things which are evidence based, scalable and replicable. I get that. I even agree -- even though I wish I didn't. Your list of DE actions that support CBE are valid and important. Maybe the solution is simply in squaring the words and the actions by framing the purpose and role of the CBE work outside of the scope of the calibrated cannonballs. I'll be blunt about my comments on standards and evaluation -- I probably should have been from the beginning. I have no problem with you making a judgment call among INTASC, the old 8 and 42, or some iteration in the middle, but you're not going to be here forever. I just don't want something as foundational as standards and evaluation in a position to change on one person's whim. There has to be a way to get past the immediate hurdle and protect checks and balances into the future - maybe it's there and I just missed it. I recognize the immediate importance of securing an NCLB waiver and support the necessary means to that end until we can what we really need, which is ESEA reauthorization. Again, thanks for the dialog. I know we are both committed to the same core mission, and I stand ready to support the right work for kids in whatever ways I can.
Disclaimer: written on a plane in less than ideal conditions for my muse. Be kind. I've now had a chance to read both the legislative brief shared by the Department of Education (DE) and the Governor's Ed bill. I think it's no secret that I didn't appreciate the way in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at No Cambridge Lady
The 2013 legislative session kicked off today. I've got a lot on my mind already, but I'll ask for just one simple favor as we move forward with these critical conversations. I'm asking for a couple of changes in vocabulary. I know it seems nit-picky, but I actually think these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at No Cambridge Lady
Last week I found myself in an interesting discussion via Twitter over Harvard’s recently released report on state and international achievement growth. This was the tweet that started it all: …and then this was the tweet that really got me thinking and engaged in the discussion: Like Scott, I also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at No Cambridge Lady
Hey Russ :) I'm 3:1 for all kinds of different reasons, but probably first and foremost because of mobility. I use my phone more than any other device because it's super mobile. Honestly, my laptop is mainly used for consumption in a typical day, but of course, I'm writing this post with it now ;) I leave it open on my desk and watch Twitter and FB feeds scroll by--the larger screen size makes that easier. I mean, I currently have 9 windows in one browser and 2 windows in another browser open, as well as 3 apps. I do much on my work on my iPad that's sitting next to my laptop. I did imply that I think the workforce is moving in the direction of tablets--and it's completely fair to call me on that. And now I have to say that I threw that in there because I was countering a point made to me ad nauseum. Probably a little Don Quixote of me, I suppose. I really don't care what tools students will use in the workforce. That has nothing to do with our goals here. We're just trying to provide as many tools for learning and work to our students and teachers as we can. We did choose to pick a device--probably for all kinds of reasons related more to adults (parents and staff) than anything. Thanks for always making me think :)
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2012 on Tablet vs Laptop? at No Cambridge Lady
I am constantly confronted with the question of WHY we chose to go with tablets instead of laptops in our 1:1 learning environment. It was one of those extended moments where I probably didn’t fully understand the answer until I had to articulate it succinctly. I figured it was worth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at No Cambridge Lady
Jacob, your points are well taken. I'm not easily offended ;) You are absolutely right in your statements that it's not necessarily the great teachers who became administrators and that many master teachers are still in classrooms. No doubt. The point I wanted to make was that there should be advancement options for teachers who want to remain teachers. Thanks for the feedback!
Longest. Blogpost. Ever. I know. Sorry. There's a lot to think about. As an undergraduate English major I used a reading strategy to annotate complex texts based on what made sense, or “clicked” for me, and what caused a disconnect, or a “clunk” in my thinking. What follows are my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at No Cambridge Lady
I’m a verbal processor, which means sometimes I don’t really even understand something I know until the very first time I articulate it. I had a profound one of these verbal eureka moments last week as I participated in a panel discussion on technology in math and science education. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at No Cambridge Lady
Just had to share this... Two of our fourth grade teachers at Shell Rock Elementary, Mason Kuhn and Thomas Fields, invited me to join their classes this morning as they worked with some Wartburg College students using the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH). This was the first classroom observation of any... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at No Cambridge Lady
I was talking to a good friend of mine who happens to be a teacher. At one point our conversation turned to Twitter. She explained that she’s decided to take a Twitter hiatus. I immediately assumed this was because there was just too much going on in real life to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at No Cambridge Lady
Photo Credits to Michael Buh, Honors Design student from Iowa State University Like many of you, I spent yesterday at the Iowa 1:1 Institute #i11i. It was a day well spent. I connected face to face with many people who have challenged and inspired me virtually for a long time.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at No Cambridge Lady
Great thoughts, Trace! Thanks for responding. I agree that Twitter's social network has connected us in previously unimaginable ways. I'm slowly meeting my PLN, one at a time. Hopefully we'll get to meet face-to-face soon too.
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I’ve latched on to a phrase our new Education Director, Jason Glass, uses. He speaks of building momentum for progress through a “coalition of the willing.” This phrase succinctly captures the leadership philosophy I’ve held for some time. Adopted from my friend and mentor, Dave Smith, I’ve always said that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at No Cambridge Lady
This afternoon I had one of those Twitter conversations with Jerrid Kruse that got me thinking about a book I read recently. In What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly paints a picture of technology (or the Technium to be more precise) as a system with its own agenda. You can read... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at No Cambridge Lady