The Progress Report

IGKnight 2017

The date had been marked on my calendar since August….November 20, 2017….Kaneland’s fall mini-conference “IGKNIGHT”! I was very excited to attend another district’s professional development day, I was anxious to …

Balanced Literacy

As a teacher, nothing made me more proud than seeing the reading progress my students made over the course of a year. I remember each fall, after the first round …

Empathy in Education

Empathy: noun; the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/empathy) Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the TECHCON conference. Although …

The Progress Report: Institute Days

Institute Days

I have participated in countless institute days, as a student teacher, teacher, presenter, administrator, organizer, etc.. These experiences vary, regardless of my role on these days, there were the good, …

The Progress Report: Social Media in the Classroom

Social Media as a Classroom Tool

I often hear people grumble about social media, commenting about the amount of time their child is “plugged in”. Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube…the amount of social media …

The Progress Report: The 4 C's

Blended Learning & The 4 C’s

Sure we are all aware of the 4C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Creativity; however, are we fostering a 4C-aligned classroom when integrating technology? As I mentioned in my blog …