Selling Teachers on Blogging: Back to the Drawing Board

Morning folks! I'm at NCTIES (Technology Conference) in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. I am proud to be attending a session facilitated by none other than THE Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) who writes the Free Technology for Teachers Blog. Seriously...he's the guru of tech tools! I am a WordPress junkie, but I am open to for … Continue reading Selling Teachers on Blogging: Back to the Drawing Board

Even When They’re Not

Stuart’s impact felt far and wide!

Carolina Blues


If you watched the Louisville game Saturday, you know there’s a lot I could talk about. I could talk about how the best defense is a good defense, and how when you force turnovers and hold teams to stretches of five minutes without scoring, you give yourself key opportunities to make offensive plays on the other end of the floor. I could talk about how [my boy] Marcus is back, but you can read my previous blog post to learn how I feel about that. I could talk about the sweet taste of victory when it’s on the tip of your tongue—almost eluding you before it’s deliciously captured. Instead—and this might be an unpopular choice—I want to talk about Wednesday’s Notre Dame game. More importantly, I want to talk about Stuart Scott.

But I’ll indulge my unadulterated Louisville joy for a few minutes longer. My favorite games to win…

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How to Nail Blended Learning

As Abraham Maslow (The Psychology of Science, 1966) stated: "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." When our children come to us for learning, rather than hammer them all, we've got to find the appropriate tools for each individual, thus offering … Continue reading How to Nail Blended Learning

An Effective Blended Learning Environment: It’s a Process

Anytime a teacher embarks upon the daunting task of transitioning from a traditional lesson style to a flipped classroom or blended learning environment, it is a process. It cannot be done overnight. It takes lots of planning, teaming, and a willingness to learn to pull it all together.

EXTREME COACHING: Success Begins With Relationships

Relationships mean everything in this business. Several teachers are taking it all in at the high schools in Bertie County! This is the first official spotlight in The Teacher's Lounge and I've got to tell you, this man is a trailblazer. He's the kind of teacher you pray your own child gets assigned to.

Thursday Notes from the Friday Institute

There are tons of great tools here at the Friday Institute's #CDLi14 conference on the campus of North Carolina State University. I'm a huge fan of Thinglink, but I never considered using it as a professional development tool. I just had to share one of Melissa Lim's creations! If you really want to soar with … Continue reading Thursday Notes from the Friday Institute

Professional Development 365: Personalize Your Learning

Digital Collaboration for Learning In this day and age, educators must take responsibility for their own professional growth. Taking time to fully develop your personal learning environment (PLE) and your personal learning network (PLN) is tantamount to attending state conferences, local workshops, and edcamps, and the price is right! How many times have you been asked, … Continue reading Professional Development 365: Personalize Your Learning

Digital Literacy: Climbing the Ladder, One Rung at a Time

Students at Bertie Early College High School are reluctantly taking the plunge into the blogosphere. We're also asking a few to ditch the old spiral pads and create digital notebooks. Among them are a few kids who can see the benefits of it, and are excited about what it means for their writing. I feel a bit like a dentist in some cases, but there's one young lady who is embracing the idea.

Coaching Success Strategies in Education

In the immortal words of John "Hannibal" Smith, I love it when a plan comes together! This has been a great week of professional development, dialogue, and discovery for the teachers I serve. The Instructional Technology department decided to "flip" our PD sessions this year. So teachers are being exposed to our presentations early in … Continue reading Coaching Success Strategies in Education

Students Explode Onto the Blogging Scene!

We all know's very difficult sometimes to get high school students excited about writing (and almost anything else these days). We proved this week however, that once you give them a voice, add a dash of guidance, and a splash of technology... viola! We've got kids writing like crazy at one high school.