Sometimes You Have to Go Slow to Go Fast

  To just simply say that change is a constant would be an understatement, and Education is no exception.  I can look back over the past 18 yearsI’ve been in the profession and rattle off a number of different initiatives that … Continued

Managing Change in School

I am excited to share this guest post by Seonaid Davis, who is the Vice Principal, Teaching and Learning at Havergal College a K-12 Anglican girl’s school in Toronto (http:www.havergal.on.ca).  She has taught math and science at all grade levels … Continued

​​Edit, Undo, Reflect

I’m excited to share this Guest Post Written by Becky McDowell in response to a discussion in our Innovative Teaching Academy #ITA17! Life-long learner and educator, Becky McDowell, grew up and landed her first teaching job in South Dakota – 8th … Continued

Put Simply, It’s About Purpose

This post started as an answer to the #ITA17 Week 7 Question: What strategies have you used (or plan on using) to implement technology with purpose?  Then just got away from me… When I first began using technology in the classroom … Continued

When Form Matching Function: Redesigning Our Learning Spaces

During the introduction for the Shark Tank pitch that was about to happen as part of our Summer Creative Problem Solving Academy, an incoming 6th grader (whose team was pitching a full redesign for an ELA classroom), began with the … Continued

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees and Saying Thanks

Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the day to day of the work we do…the grind. For the past few years, Garnet Valley has been working towards becoming a Future Ready School District.  This means continuously looking at … Continued

Digital Notebooks and Digital Portfolios in the Secondary Classroom #ITA17

Through discussions onFacebook this past week, many of you asked about students creating digital notebooks and/or portfolios The short answer is Yes!  There are a ton of platforms for our students to begin to shift to digital creation and curation … Continued

Investing in Our Teachers by #Go(-ing)Open

This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there’s something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to … Continued

Learning with Your Mind on Fire

Over the past few years at Garnet Valley, we have really made professional learning a priority (see Designing Teacher Centered Prof Learning 1 & 2). This past few months have really ramped up for our Elementary and Middle School English … Continued

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