Starting PBL at Decker Middle School

http://www.flickr.com/photos/peskylibrary/ This year all of our 6th grade (core) teachers will be teaching with PBL and will be under the New Technology Network (NTN) umbrella.  In addition to teaching with PBL, the teachers will be grading with Learning Outcomes based upon “21st Century Skills.”  The learning outcomes they will be using are Collaboration, Critical Thinking, […]

Getting Students to do Deeper Analysis

http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/hst/scientific-identity/intro.htm When I attended the New Tech Network’s Annual Conference (NTAC12) I knew which facilitators I wanted to see.  One of the best in our network just happens to have been our school’s NTN Coach for the previous 5 years – Kevin Gant. Kevin is a great guy, a pleasure to work with, and a […]

New Tech Conference Grand Rapids 2012: A Survival Guide

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghostofgoldwater/      As we get ready to attend the annual New Tech Conference in Grand Rapids (NTAC 2012).   Here are some tips to get ready for the conference and some of my favorite things to do in Grand Rapids, Michigan.      This is an update to my New Tech Conference Planning Guide […]

That Left Out Feeling

http://www.flickr.com/photos/letsbook/      Ah, summer.  That time when teachers pack up their classrooms and move to the pool or the beach.  They are out there hiking, fly fishing, and sailing.  Isn’t it great only working about 40 weeks of the year!  That’s 12 weeks of kicking back and doing nothing.      If only that […]

You Want Me To Do What? Creating School Culture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelkeen/      Last week I sat down and took a serious look at what I need to do between now and the first day of school and I had to pause and shake my head (while saying “holy crap!”)  It was one of those days.      So, this transition thing – how hard […]

NST12 Wrap UP

http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkmere/      Whenever you can attend a conference or training and feel exhausted ( not from drinking too much but ) from thinking too much then you have gotten your monies worth.  An obvious conference for me is Educon where you spend the day discussing educational topics.  The problem is that these conversations can […]

How Do You Create a School (Part 2 of 2)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/terekhova/    (Part 2 of 2)     As I said in the first part,  what we want the new school to be doesn’t exist and the teachers, administrators, and I have the chance to mold the school in whatever fashion we desire.  And, I am a teacher who has been trained by the New Tech […]

How Do You Create a School? (Part 1 of 2)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrenalin/      (Part 1 of 2)      The first question that hit me when I said I wanted this job was how do we transform an existing school, Decker Middle School in Manor Tx, from what it is to what it will become?      I mean the school building is there.  There […]

Getting Organized For Change

http://www.flickr.com/photos/huthfamily/      Last week I confirmed what I had known (kind of) for almost a month: I am to be the Instructional Coach for PBL at Decker Middle School in Manor TX –  GO Ravens!      Decker M.S. will now be associated with the New Tech Network.  We will be transitioning at the […]

Crowd Sourcing Ideas for Getting Started in PBL

http://www.flickr.com/photos/asgood/      I’ve been asked to present and coach teachers at the Elementary and Middle School level on how to get started with PBL.  That topic, (How to Get Started…), has been shared with me through many meaningful professional developments with the New Tech Network.  I have also read books by the Buck Institute, […]