The Saga of GEG Virtual’s Facebook Groups

How it Started “Teachers Using Google Workspace for Education – GEG Virtual” was a Facebook group I administered for the last five/six years. There has been great collaboration and support within the community to build each other up using Google tools in education. In May, a scammer decided to pose as an admin and gained admin status in the group… Read more »

Computer Science Education for All

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The world is changing, and we’re all living in it. Technology is advancing faster than ever, and our children are growing up surrounded by it. This makes them digital natives—they’re comfortable with technology and have the innate ability to learn how to use it. Still, they don’t necessarily have the skills required by today’s rapidly evolving workplace. As parents, educators,… Read more »

The Last Four Months: Part One

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This is probably not going to be polished. I have a lot of things swimming around in my brain. The last four months have been transformative in a way that nobody anticipated. “In these difficult times” “In these uncertain times” “When <arms flail> all this happened” The Backstory… A year ago, I began working at Code to the Future, where… Read more »

Tips for Teachers and Students Using Online Video Learning

Five Tips for Teachers Leading Video Conference Learning

It’s easy to be anxious about the goings-on in the world right now. I want to do my part to lessen that anxiety and be a resource for people who are thinking about using online video as a solution if students need to be out of school for an extended period of time. There are many examples of resources that… Read more »

SMART Goal Book Review: Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction by Jim Knight

I’m usually the type of person that doesn’t get too flustered with how things play out, but as I began reading this book as my final SMART Goal book for the year, I realized something. This book should have been the book I started with to begin my first year of coaching teachers. If you somehow stumble upon this blog… Read more »

SMART Goal Book Review: The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon

I began to read this book at the suggestion of my superintendent. The principals and other coaches also read this book so we could all get on the same page. I was told that it was an easy read, which I found to be true! I finished the entire book in 51 minutes (according to Goodreads). The narrative, fable style… Read more »

The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar

“Coaching is a form of professional development that brings out the best in people, uncovers strengths and skills, builds effective teams, cultivates compassion, and builds emotionally resilient educators. Coaching at its essence is the way that human beings, and individuals, have always learned best.” Aguilar, Elena. The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation (p. 6). Wiley. Kindle Edition…. Read more »

Everyday Instructional Coaching: Sincerity and Influence

Memes?? (Sincerity) I’m a person who enjoys technology and communicating through the internet. When I saw the word “meme” in the text of the book, I was pretty confused about what was meant. Thankfully, Dr. Lang-Raad defines it for us from Beck and Cowan’s 1996 research. A meme “represent[s] a paradigm, belief, or value system.” It comes from the root… Read more »

SMART Goal Book Review – Discourse and Reverberation

“When we commit to getting closer, we’re committing to eventually experiencing real, face-to-face conflict. Whether it’s over dinner, at work, or in the grocery line, in-person conflict is always hard and uncomfortable.” Brené Brown, Dehumanizing Always Starts with Language Discourse The words we use are so important. Words we choose can be used to improve culture or to worsen it…. Read more »