Isn’t It Interesting…

Isn’t it interesting……. …watching the excitement and anticipation of young children helping mom make cookies? Initially, they are mesmerized, watching the preparation of the cups of measured ingredients, asking questions like “What’s that?” and “Can I pour it in the cup?” As the supplies for the cookies come to the table, the struggle to keep enthusiasm in check becomes overwhelming … Read More

Walking With Each Other

Last week, I came home after a particularly challenging day, and I said to my husband, “I’m just going to sit here and watch Ted Lasso.”  He looked up with real concern and said, “That bad?”  To which I nodded and made my way to the couch, where I escaped the day’s drama with the escapades of Ted and the … Read More

Lucy Canotas Appointed NHASCD President-Elect

New Hampshire ASCD is pleased to announce Lucy Canotas has been appointed the NHASCD President-Elect effective July 2022.  Ms. Canotas has been the NHASCD Secretary since June 2020 and is currently the Director of Elementary Education in the Timberlane Regional School District.

Concerning Behavior? Let’s Understand Why.

“Rita is pantsing! For no apparent reason, she stands in the middle of class and pulls down her pants! This can’t continue. Can you recommend a pantsing program to help her stop this?” “Arthur hits his teacher and para. Staff say he should be in a separate class or different school.” “We are noticing much more aggression by students. What … Read More

Building Hope: Reflections on the Spotlight podcast with Jim Knight

Have you had a chance to listen to the recent Spotlight Podcast with Jim Knight?  Though my role has grown to encompass many more things, I will always first and foremost identify as a coach, and the writings and conversations of Jim Knight have been instrumental to that identity formation. I devoured The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Knight’s newest  … Read More

Isn’t It True That…..

Teaching is complex….it is situation-specific….and dilemma-ridden. No list of what a  teacher should do on a daily basis can capture the extraordinary subtleties involved in making instant decisions in the classroom to support students. Having in-depth conversations with students about the meaning of learning, instead of telling students to just DO the work, IS what teaching should be! ABOUT THE … Read More

A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

Goal setting and reflective thinking are powerful components of a growth mindset classroom. We need a concrete idea of what we want and a plan to get there. Without this, it is easy to fall back to fixed mindsets. As you teach for a growth mindset, the belief that talents can be developed and all have the ability to grow … Read More

I Wonder Why…..

I wonder why… … as educators we are so eager to abandon “tried and true” practices, that have been proven over decades to be important to student learning? It took a pandemic to do some housekeeping of a floor-to-ceiling bookcase of 40+ years of educational materials, that led to a moment of discovery. It was grandma’s old schoolbook. She taught … Read More

Embracing SEL for Success

Sometimes as school leaders we are so focused on making progress—improving student academics, streamlining workflow, and engaging professional development, etc.—that we neglect to pause and ask ourselves if we are charging up the right hill. Sure, schools have always been about academics, but the world is changing and we need to reexamine how our teaching impacts our students’ well-being and … Read More

Teacher Retention: Are We Asking The Right Questions?

We are in the midst of a national teacher shortage and our New Hampshire schools are no exception.  There are numerous assumptions one could make about why teachers are leaving; however, I believe this question is best answered by focusing on why Granite State Teachers stay.  In order to effectively address teacher retention and attrition in New Hampshire, understanding why … Read More