Chief Enthusiasm Officer

Just at the end of a six month tenure with the official title of “Project Leader,” I am feeling a great deal of pride, relief, exhaustion and wonder. As part of a volunteer organization, I had the pleasure of leading a fantastic group of  8 professional women. In total we represented 8 different nationalities and… Continue reading Chief Enthusiasm Officer

I’ll Meet You There – Easier Said Than Done

You plan to go out with a friend and you agree to meet up in specific location. The plan assumes that each of you will travel some distance to reach the common meeting point. In teaching we may operate on a similar assumption.  I, the teacher, will travel a ways to meet my students where… Continue reading I’ll Meet You There – Easier Said Than Done

Team Building and Reflective Conversations

Team Building and Reflective Conversations

Other possible titles: Building Reflective Teams through Conversation, Building conversations reflective of teams… At any rate, the workshop itself offered a rare chance to mix and mingle with brave educators willing to take risks, have fun and be open. Creating space for learning, connection and laughter – this is my vision for professional personal real human development. This group helped me to recognize that. For that and their cheerful collegiality I remain deeply grateful.

“Could you make the teams, please?!”

This blog post is dedicated to all my colleagues who are willing to sacrifice the time and endure the messiness of allowing students to solve their own problems in the classroom and beyond. It never fails. On the whiteboard my 4th and 5th grade students read: speedball mini-games. They know what we’re going to play… Continue reading “Could you make the teams, please?!”

Step 4: Celebrate and Reflect

  Although I have been teaching team building to elementary students for many years, my learning in this area just never quits.  So this year when pulling out my favorite group challenges and rounding up the necessary equipment, through conversation with my partner colleague I realized what I felt I was missing in the process:… Continue reading Step 4: Celebrate and Reflect

Powerful Questions, Brave Responses

I’m currently enrolled in a life coaching course and we have been exploring and experimenting with powerful questions. Which questions are powerful? you ask. They are the questions which force you to stop and think. Powerful questions can startle you out of autopilot and make you grab the steering wheel of your random thoughts. You… Continue reading Powerful Questions, Brave Responses