Self Assessment

ourkidsmatter:

How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?

This has been such a wonderful, yet crazy semester.  I am one who believes in full transparency so I decided to share publicly my self assessment and critique.  This semester I truly embodied the spirit of this course, even when not posting always on time (smile).  

Issues with equity have always been important to me and this course has given me several new ways to interact with communities of learners and activists that feel like I do.  This course has truly made the world smaller, yet helped me see where my voice can be an addition and truly contribute to the body of work from practitioners.  

I also took my conversations and resources offline.  There were plenty of videos and resources I shared with my teachers and colleagues.  I really learned a lot about the type of learner I am and I realized that I am not a true online learner, but that was worth the journey as well.  


Where do you think you could have improved?

I found the weekly blogging very laborious, but really enjoyed reading the posts and comments from others in the class.  I watched all the videos and visited all the sites suggested, but I didn’t always get to post my views and reactions.  If I had to do all over again - I would change that.  

How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning moving forward?

It is very easy when becoming overwhelmed to disconnect - this is the perfect time to connect with the world even more.  Isolation helps you to focus on you and the world is so much bigger than your life issues.  I will continue to look for ways to connect and once finish my doc program I would really like to blog.  I felt it therapeutic to reflect and share with others.  

What else do you want me to consider when assessing your performance and participation over the past semester?

I would like you to consider my effort, my contributions and also my attempts to pay it forward.  I was able to pilot a program (Class Dojo) that is making a difference in the classrooms of true teachers.  The lessons and resources I was afforded were paid forward and chased back into classrooms of real children.  I had to think of a catchy # for this course that represented how I felt about education in this day and age.  #ourkidsmatter shows the evolution of self.  Black lives matter absolutely.  The more I work in the field of education the more I realize that the issues that plague little brown children are relevant to little yellow and white children of the same socio-economic class.  This semester has been hard - final semester of course work for my dissertation, first  year principal in a turbulent high needs elementary school in an urban epicenter with 8 vacancies thus far for the year and a senior in high school who is on her way to college… however, I would not trade this experience in for the world.  Thank you for connecting with me for this semester!

Self Assessment

ourkidsmatter:

How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?

This has been such a wonderful, yet crazy semester.  I am one who believes in full transparency so I decided to share publicly my self assessment and critique.  This semester I truly embodied the spirit of this course, even when not posting always on time (smile).  

Issues with equity have always been important to me and this course has given me several new ways to interact with communities of learners and activists that feel like I do.  This course has truly made the world smaller, yet helped me see where my voice can be an addition and truly contribute to the body of work from practitioners.  

I also took my conversations and resources offline.  There were plenty of videos and resources I shared with my teachers and colleagues.  I really learned a lot about the type of learner I am and I realized that I am not a true online learner, but that was worth the journey as well.  


Where do you think you could have improved?

I found the weekly blogging very laborious, but really enjoyed reading the posts and comments from others in the class.  I watched all the videos and visited all the sites suggested, but I didn’t always get to post my views and reactions.  If I had to do all over again - I would change that.  

How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning moving forward?

It is very easy when becoming overwhelmed to disconnect - this is the perfect time to connect with the world even more.  Isolation helps you to focus on you and the world is so much bigger than your life issues.  I will continue to look for ways to connect and once finish my doc program I would really like to blog.  I felt it therapeutic to reflect and share with others.  

What else do you want me to consider when assessing your performance and participation over the past semester?

I would like you to consider my effort, my contributions and also my attempts to pay it forward.  I was able to pilot a program (Class Dojo) that is making a difference in the classrooms of true teachers.  The lessons and resources I was afforded were paid forward and chased back into classrooms of real children.  I had to think of a catchy # for this course that represented how I felt about education in this day and age.  #ourkidsmatter shows the evolution of self.  Black lives matter absolutely.  The more I work in the field of education the more I realize that the issues that plague little brown children are relevant to little yellow and white children of the same socio-economic class.  This semester has been hard - final semester of course work for my dissertation, first  year principal in a turbulent high needs elementary school in an urban epicenter with 8 vacancies thus far for the year and a senior in high school who is on her way to college… however, I would not trade this experience in for the world.  Thank you for connecting with me for this semester!

Self Assessment

How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?

This has been such a wonderful, yet crazy semester.  I am one who believes in full transparency so I decided to share publicly my self assessment and critique.  This semester I truly embodied the spirit of this course, even when not posting always on time (smile).  

Issues with equity have always been important to me and this course has given me several new ways to interact with communities of learners and activists that feel like I do.  This course has truly made the world smaller, yet helped me see where my voice can be an addition and truly contribute to the body of work from practitioners.  

I also took my conversations and resources offline.  There were plenty of videos and resources I shared with my teachers and colleagues.  I really learned a lot about the type of learner I am and I realized that I am not a true online learner, but that was worth the journey as well.  


Where do you think you could have improved?

I found the weekly blogging very laborious, but really enjoyed reading the posts and comments from others in the class.  I watched all the videos and visited all the sites suggested, but I didn’t always get to post my views and reactions.  If I had to do all over again - I would change that.  

How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning moving forward?

It is very easy when becoming overwhelmed to disconnect - this is the perfect time to connect with the world even more.  Isolation helps you to focus on you and the world is so much bigger than your life issues.  I will continue to look for ways to connect and once finish my doc program I would really like to blog.  I felt it therapeutic to reflect and share with others.  

What else do you want me to consider when assessing your performance and participation over the past semester?

I would like you to consider my effort, my contributions and also my attempts to pay it forward.  I was able to pilot a program (Class Dojo) that is making a difference in the classrooms of true teachers.  The lessons and resources I was afforded were paid forward and chased back into classrooms of real children.  I had to think of a catchy # for this course that represented how I felt about education in this day and age.  #ourkidsmatter shows the evolution of self.  Black lives matter absolutely.  The more I work in the field of education the more I realize that the issues that plague little brown children are relevant to little yellow and white children of the same socio-economic class.  This semester has been hard - final semester of course work for my dissertation, first  year principal in a turbulent high needs elementary school in an urban epicenter with 8 vacancies thus far for the year and a senior in high school who is on her way to college… however, I would not trade this experience in for the world.  Thank you for connecting with me for this semester!

Self Assessment

How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?

This has been such a wonderful, yet crazy semester.  I am one who believes in full transparency so I decided to share publicly my self assessment and critique.  This semester I truly embodied the spirit of this course, even when not posting always on time (smile).  

Issues with equity have always been important to me and this course has given me several new ways to interact with communities of learners and activists that feel like I do.  This course has truly made the world smaller, yet helped me see where my voice can be an addition and truly contribute to the body of work from practitioners.  

I also took my conversations and resources offline.  There were plenty of videos and resources I shared with my teachers and colleagues.  I really learned a lot about the type of learner I am and I realized that I am not a true online learner, but that was worth the journey as well.  


Where do you think you could have improved?

I found the weekly blogging very laborious, but really enjoyed reading the posts and comments from others in the class.  I watched all the videos and visited all the sites suggested, but I didn’t always get to post my views and reactions.  If I had to do all over again - I would change that.  

How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning moving forward?

It is very easy when becoming overwhelmed to disconnect - this is the perfect time to connect with the world even more.  Isolation helps you to focus on you and the world is so much bigger than your life issues.  I will continue to look for ways to connect and once finish my doc program I would really like to blog.  I felt it therapeutic to reflect and share with others.  

What else do you want me to consider when assessing your performance and participation over the past semester?

I would like you to consider my effort, my contributions and also my attempts to pay it forward.  I was able to pilot a program (Class Dojo) that is making a difference in the classrooms of true teachers.  The lessons and resources I was afforded were paid forward and chased back into classrooms of real children.  I had to think of a catchy # for this course that represented how I felt about education in this day and age.  #ourkidsmatter shows the evolution of self.  Black lives matter absolutely.  The more I work in the field of education the more I realize that the issues that plague little brown children are relevant to little yellow and white children of the same socio-economic class.  This semester has been hard - final semester of course work for my dissertation, first  year principal in a turbulent high needs elementary school in an urban epicenter with 8 vacancies thus far for the year and a senior in high school who is on her way to college… however, I would not trade this experience in for the world.  Thank you for connecting with me for this semester!

Final Make

ourkidsmatter:

My Final Make carrie on my theme of equity in education.  This experience with connected learning has opened my world to what educators around the country - and sometimes in a global sense are doing with technology and the ability to connect and share ideas.  As an educator who has spent my last nineteen years in urban education the inequities and disparities are highlighted from one school to the next as well and often one classroom to the next as well.

I have worked hard to close the achievement gap with holding a high standard for academic achievement.  There is a need to make sure our students are getting the best they can from practitioners.  In the research I am doing for my dissertation I am clear that in high needs districts the disparity in resources is vast and the biggest is in terms of the teaching staff.  The schools who need the most highly qualified teachers are often inundated with the less qualified.

In my final make I wanted to look at something that would help the community I serve.  There is a need to have my families and my teachers interact in positive ways.  As a new principal the community asked for more communication and that translates to full transparency for me.  We have experienced staff turnover that is usual for this community, but very alarming for me.  The lack of professionalism or connection that adults have that allow them to leave children halfway through the year is disappointing.  

A simple behavior tool can’t solve the huge issues plaguing my school, but can begin to build trust and relationship between families and their teachers.  Class Dojo is a easy to use, low tech option to help families begin to connect intimately with families and build a relationship.  It was important to do this as a pilot that had participants that were carefully selected.  We will continue this pilot for the remainder of the school year.  This was an excellent way to connect home and school… culture and climate!

Check out my Final Make: http://slideonline.com/presentation/145694-finalmakedojo-ppt

Final Make

ourkidsmatter:

My Final Make carrie on my theme of equity in education.  This experience with connected learning has opened my world to what educators around the country - and sometimes in a global sense are doing with technology and the ability to connect and share ideas.  As an educator who has spent my last nineteen years in urban education the inequities and disparities are highlighted from one school to the next as well and often one classroom to the next as well.

I have worked hard to close the achievement gap with holding a high standard for academic achievement.  There is a need to make sure our students are getting the best they can from practitioners.  In the research I am doing for my dissertation I am clear that in high needs districts the disparity in resources is vast and the biggest is in terms of the teaching staff.  The schools who need the most highly qualified teachers are often inundated with the less qualified.

In my final make I wanted to look at something that would help the community I serve.  There is a need to have my families and my teachers interact in positive ways.  As a new principal the community asked for more communication and that translates to full transparency for me.  We have experienced staff turnover that is usual for this community, but very alarming for me.  The lack of professionalism or connection that adults have that allow them to leave children halfway through the year is disappointing.  

A simple behavior tool can’t solve the huge issues plaguing my school, but can begin to build trust and relationship between families and their teachers.  Class Dojo is a easy to use, low tech option to help families begin to connect intimately with families and build a relationship.  It was important to do this as a pilot that had participants that were carefully selected.  We will continue this pilot for the remainder of the school year.  This was an excellent way to connect home and school… culture and climate!

Check out my Final Make: http://slideonline.com/presentation/145694-finalmakedojo-ppt

Final Make

My Final Make carrie on my theme of equity in education.  This experience with connected learning has opened my world to what educators around the country - and sometimes in a global sense are doing with technology and the ability to connect and share ideas.  As an educator who has spent my last nineteen years in urban education the inequities and disparities are highlighted from one school to the next as well and often one classroom to the next as well.

I have worked hard to close the achievement gap with holding a high standard for academic achievement.  There is a need to make sure our students are getting the best they can from practitioners.  In the research I am doing for my dissertation I am clear that in high needs districts the disparity in resources is vast and the biggest is in terms of the teaching staff.  The schools who need the most highly qualified teachers are often inundated with the less qualified.

In my final make I wanted to look at something that would help the community I serve.  There is a need to have my families and my teachers interact in positive ways.  As a new principal the community asked for more communication and that translates to full transparency for me.  We have experienced staff turnover that is usual for this community, but very alarming for me.  The lack of professionalism or connection that adults have that allow them to leave children halfway through the year is disappointing.  

A simple behavior tool can’t solve the huge issues plaguing my school, but can begin to build trust and relationship between families and their teachers.  Class Dojo is a easy to use, low tech option to help families begin to connect intimately with families and build a relationship.  It was important to do this as a pilot that had participants that were carefully selected.  We will continue this pilot for the remainder of the school year.  This was an excellent way to connect home and school… culture and climate!

Check out my Final Make: http://slideonline.com/presentation/145694-finalmakedojo-ppt

Final Make

My Final Make carrie on my theme of equity in education.  This experience with connected learning has opened my world to what educators around the country - and sometimes in a global sense are doing with technology and the ability to connect and share ideas.  As an educator who has spent my last nineteen years in urban education the inequities and disparities are highlighted from one school to the next as well and often one classroom to the next as well.

I have worked hard to close the achievement gap with holding a high standard for academic achievement.  There is a need to make sure our students are getting the best they can from practitioners.  In the research I am doing for my dissertation I am clear that in high needs districts the disparity in resources is vast and the biggest is in terms of the teaching staff.  The schools who need the most highly qualified teachers are often inundated with the less qualified.

In my final make I wanted to look at something that would help the community I serve.  There is a need to have my families and my teachers interact in positive ways.  As a new principal the community asked for more communication and that translates to full transparency for me.  We have experienced staff turnover that is usual for this community, but very alarming for me.  The lack of professionalism or connection that adults have that allow them to leave children halfway through the year is disappointing.  

A simple behavior tool can’t solve the huge issues plaguing my school, but can begin to build trust and relationship between families and their teachers.  Class Dojo is a easy to use, low tech option to help families begin to connect intimately with families and build a relationship.  It was important to do this as a pilot that had participants that were carefully selected.  We will continue this pilot for the remainder of the school year.  This was an excellent way to connect home and school… culture and climate!

Check out my Final Make: http://slideonline.com/presentation/145694-finalmakedojo-ppt

Suddenly Sunday  – Week in Review

ourkidsmatter:

Unpacking Interests:  Youth Voices is such a great vessel for adults to show young people how to take their voice and use of technology to make an impact on the world we live in.  The technology gap is less about who has technology, but more about what youth do with it.  As a Principal I see many incidents where students make poor decisions with their social networks and their access to technology.  Sexting, inappropriate videos and snapchats that lead to physical altercations are all intricate uses of technology and abuse of their social networks.  That is why my focus has always been on equity and what technology can do to help eliminate the achievement gap.

1.  Teaching in Connected Classrooms is an informative article. I am sharing it with my teachers and want to work with my Digital Arts teacher to explore getting connected with others educators looking into student interests.  In the readings the theme of the lack of evolution of education from the days of warehouses has always been concerning.  Reading Peter’s statement about the budget as a 16 year old should encourage activism in youth.  Adults must find ways to give youth the permission, encouragement and resources needed to think independent of what those they have as mentors think.  

Children in poverty pockets are given double doses of academic heavy hitting areas - they need double the reading blocks, double the math exposure… subjects that are able to help them create and think independently: art, music and technology are all areas that decrease and get eliminated as students struggle.  Instead of finding ways to integrate the skills needed into these critical areas - they are eliminated turning the school day into a warehouse for the production of facts to pass a test.

Connected Classrooms - very important… there is a need to allow students to connect with like minds and these may not all be in the same school, city or state.  Trying to make sure schools are safe, academically sound and in complain may be the primary responsibility for the administration, empowering teachers to create these opportunities with teachers should be primary.  Reading the narratives of teachers about the digital connections was like a testimony and renewed commitment on my part to connect my students with these types of opportunities.   


2.Also, the lack of imagination discussed by teachers in the No Bells No Walls piece.  In this testing era there is no place for teaching students how to just be creative.  This can’t be left to families as with so many stressors and other issues in the home (as well as instability) many children are unable to exist as just kids let alone have time and space to imagine something different.  It will be the same challenge that they had after revamping the educational system in Singapore.  They designed a system that created excellent workers, but no thinkers… they had to go back and add ways for innovation to take place.  We are losing this same ability.  We must do something drastic to regain this focus in our country.

3.  Unpacking interests - what does it mean to equity… with many students in my school not being equip with the fundamentals - to spend time allowing exploration of interests would seem counterintuitive.  As a new principal I only can state that the status quo is not working, so there is a need to do something different.  Talent shows showcase so much passion and if we can tap into the passion then we could channel it into other areas as well.  

4 .  Badges - I have begun the application to get to badges!  I don’t think this will do anything with equity work unless badges become a symbol of something within the larger community.  For geeks like me however, the challenge of making work transparent with clear articulation is a fun way of documenting and sharing with others.

5.  The five ways to impact badges that honor my community:  arts and humanities badges that showcase the giftedness of my students, I want to see how my children will do with blogs, video and social media as well!

6.  Here is an excellent blog for me!  Looking at several blogs of my peers I went looking for some resource that would help other administrators and found this one: http://www.principalspage.com/theblog/    This blog site is authored by the superintendent of Illinois.  

7.  Here is a list of blog sites for teachers: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/top-14-teacher-blogs  I found many interesting blogs from this top blog list.  This is a commercial site - so really good blogs from educator to educator would not be included.  

Suddenly Sunday  – Week in Review

ourkidsmatter:

Unpacking Interests:  Youth Voices is such a great vessel for adults to show young people how to take their voice and use of technology to make an impact on the world we live in.  The technology gap is less about who has technology, but more about what youth do with it.  As a Principal I see many incidents where students make poor decisions with their social networks and their access to technology.  Sexting, inappropriate videos and snapchats that lead to physical altercations are all intricate uses of technology and abuse of their social networks.  That is why my focus has always been on equity and what technology can do to help eliminate the achievement gap.

1.  Teaching in Connected Classrooms is an informative article. I am sharing it with my teachers and want to work with my Digital Arts teacher to explore getting connected with others educators looking into student interests.  In the readings the theme of the lack of evolution of education from the days of warehouses has always been concerning.  Reading Peter’s statement about the budget as a 16 year old should encourage activism in youth.  Adults must find ways to give youth the permission, encouragement and resources needed to think independent of what those they have as mentors think.  

Children in poverty pockets are given double doses of academic heavy hitting areas - they need double the reading blocks, double the math exposure… subjects that are able to help them create and think independently: art, music and technology are all areas that decrease and get eliminated as students struggle.  Instead of finding ways to integrate the skills needed into these critical areas - they are eliminated turning the school day into a warehouse for the production of facts to pass a test.

Connected Classrooms - very important… there is a need to allow students to connect with like minds and these may not all be in the same school, city or state.  Trying to make sure schools are safe, academically sound and in complain may be the primary responsibility for the administration, empowering teachers to create these opportunities with teachers should be primary.  Reading the narratives of teachers about the digital connections was like a testimony and renewed commitment on my part to connect my students with these types of opportunities.   


2.Also, the lack of imagination discussed by teachers in the No Bells No Walls piece.  In this testing era there is no place for teaching students how to just be creative.  This can’t be left to families as with so many stressors and other issues in the home (as well as instability) many children are unable to exist as just kids let alone have time and space to imagine something different.  It will be the same challenge that they had after revamping the educational system in Singapore.  They designed a system that created excellent workers, but no thinkers… they had to go back and add ways for innovation to take place.  We are losing this same ability.  We must do something drastic to regain this focus in our country.

3.  Unpacking interests - what does it mean to equity… with many students in my school not being equip with the fundamentals - to spend time allowing exploration of interests would seem counterintuitive.  As a new principal I only can state that the status quo is not working, so there is a need to do something different.  Talent shows showcase so much passion and if we can tap into the passion then we could channel it into other areas as well.  

4 .  Badges - I have begun the application to get to badges!  I don’t think this will do anything with equity work unless badges become a symbol of something within the larger community.  For geeks like me however, the challenge of making work transparent with clear articulation is a fun way of documenting and sharing with others.

5.  The five ways to impact badges that honor my community:  arts and humanities badges that showcase the giftedness of my students, I want to see how my children will do with blogs, video and social media as well!

6.  Here is an excellent blog for me!  Looking at several blogs of my peers I went looking for some resource that would help other administrators and found this one: http://www.principalspage.com/theblog/    This blog site is authored by the superintendent of Illinois.  

7.  Here is a list of blog sites for teachers: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/top-14-teacher-blogs  I found many interesting blogs from this top blog list.  This is a commercial site - so really good blogs from educator to educator would not be included.