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

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

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

The Creative Problem Solving Academy: Summer Remediation Done Differently

The Power of AND. Here at Garnet Valley we have bought into the power of AND.  With the deluge of data, testing, scores, growth measures, etc…it is easy to get caught teaching to the test. While we have heard time and … Continued

Building a Foundation for Short and Long Term Future Ready Success

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”― Yogi Berra Over the past 3+ years at Garnet Valley, our Superintendent Dr. Marc Bertrando signing the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready District Pledge put in … Continued

Looking to Write-The Power & Timelessness of a Text

The Why- Revisiting a Text In preparation for a grad class focused on using technology to support writing & literacy across the content areas I am facilitating, I recently reread Mary Ehrenworth’s Looking to Write: Children Writing Through the Visual … Continued

Designing Teacher Centered Professional Learning- Part 2

“Research shows that teachers-not books, not technology, not buildings, and not even class size-are the single most powerful driver of student performance.” AJ Juliani,  Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom. In a recent L.E.A.P. meeting during which we were discussing how … Continued

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