We're on our way.........21st Century here we come!!!

Wow! I can't believe it has been over 2 weeks since I have posted to this blog. I actually just spent the past two weeks doing my first round of observations on my non-tenured staff. I absolutely love being in the classroom. I haven't got much else done but it is so nice to "have" to go in classroom no matter what else is going on.

In a couple of weeks, Nov. 6 at 8:00PM I have the honor of being a guest on the Women of the Web on the EdTechTalk. I am very excited about this and feel really humbled that they would ask me to be a part. So I have been thinking of all things I can share with everyone technologically. Is that a word?:)
Since the adventure began back in March I feel that my teachers and my school are on their way to the schools of the 21st Century.

Blogging:
1st Grade
4th Grade - Gann, Smith, Grant
Library
Parents As Teachers

Wiki:
Kindergarten
E-team - this is a private wiki but we take our notes on a wiki every time we meet so we are accountable and have documentation.

Podcasting:
Podcasting Principal
Practical Principals
Champ Cast

Rock-you, SlideShare, VoiceThread, Animoto, Bubbleshare, Flikr, Google Docs,

To be continued with links included............

Mom Overture

I just couldn't pass up posting this video. I laughed so hard that I cried on this one. I listen to a parenting podcast called Jumping Monkeys and they featured this video. Jumping Monkeys is part of the TWit network. I also want to try to embed a YouTube video like everyone else can:) Many of you will have seen this video but some of the readers of my blog, if they are still reading since I am not as consistent as I was in the summer, will not have seen this. I would like to play this at my next faculty meeting so I have to figure out how to get if off YouTube into a format that I can play in a district where YouTube is blocked. Enjoy!!!

Making the Connections???

How are you making connections with the kids? It is that time of year when discipline starts to pick up, parents start questioning things, report card time, P/T conferences, and all the other "management" issues start arising.

Scott Elias
and I have a bi-weekly podcast and we were asked the following questions by a future administrator, "What do you spend most of your time doing? What would you like to spend most of your time doing?" Wow! That really made me think and actually kept me up last night. We all get stuck behind our desk in our offices for periods of time but last week was a real downer when it came to working behind my desk.

I love to be out and about in my school, as do most principals. The excitement in the morning. (After the teachers have had their coffee, chocolate, or pop. AND after I have had my Starbucks!:):):):) The kids are excited right out of the gate. Truth be told, the teacher enjoy each others company too but it is a job to them and to the kids, they think it is social time. We try to sneak some learning in on them. I don't think I have missed morning bus "doodie" (We call it all doodie at my building since that is how many of feel about it) except for days I have been absent from school. I also like to make my way around the building in the morning just to check in on everyone. It was tough last week because I had so much handed down to me to take care of that I didn't get around as much as I like.

The connection with the kids is very important to me. Teachers can send students to my office for positive referrals and I try to call a parent or relative of their choice to brag on them. Not only is the student beaming but it gives me something to feel good about as well. It's important for me to check in on some of my challenging students. God love 'em! They are the ones that need us the most. There are quite a few that have stories to tell every morning when they meet me at the door. I look forward to those times. I like to keep the connections with the kids.

So, how are you making connections with your students? Especially as the year really starts to get busy. Send me some links! Share any ideas! I can take care of all the behind the scenes work quietly but I just need some student connections to keep me going!

K12 Online Conference

I am VERY excited about the K12 Online conference!!! I believe I stumbled upon the 2006 conference in February even though it had been out since October. If you are newbie, as I was last year, please check out the "first timers" page on the main page.

This is a completely FREE experience and there are around/over 40 presentations. Presentations are in mp3 form and movie or mp4 form. I downloaded the majority of them to my iPod last year and will probably do the same this year.

There are also some "live" events you can participate it but thank heaven for the iPod. With a two year old at home the only "live" information I get is from a very verbal 2 year old daughter!!!:):):)

The Keynote address by David Warlick is posted and ready to download.

Willard teachers can fill out the PD form and get professional growth hours at their convenience, and earn professional credit for these FREE workshops. It just doesn't get any better than this!!!

Are you listening???

You need to head over to Practical Principals and check out our Politically Correct podcast! Are you listening? Are you there yet?