Reflect 31 Day 31

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank Day 31: The last #Reflect31 question of 2016 Teachers have the power to change the world one student at a time. Think about that one student. What have you or will you do to be the change for that student? Matt and I want to thank you for participating and openly sharing your reflections throughout the month. We wish you a school year full of growth and reflection. Please continue to share with us as we will keep up a weekly blog on and of course via #K12ArtChat Have a great 16-17 School Year! Matt and Laura #Reflect31

#REFLECT31 Day 30

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine It’s day 30 of our 31 days of reflection and I can honestly say it’s a been a journey that we hope to continue every August. The questions from our community have been thoughtful and essential for inspiring reflection of our instructional practices. How and how often do you plan to continue to build reflective practice into your routine? What value do find in reflecting on your instructional practices? Are you able to determine the needed adjustments following your reflections and plan ways to implement the changes accordingly? We’ve included a few links about learning through refl

#REFLECT31 - Day 29

“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ― Walt Disney You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. - Conrad Hall Matt just started his 12th year teaching and I’m in year 17, we’ve learned a lot but the most important thing is to keep learning. It’s the only way to meet the needs of our students. In our home and personal lives, we have a motto taken from the movie Meet the Robinsons and Walt Disney. Keep Moving Forward. Here’s our favorite clip from the movie

#REFLECT31 - Day 28

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath It’s Saturday and time to have fun with the family. It’s was the first day in a while that we haven’t touched work. We haven’t talked about lesson plans or the PLN or even what needed to get done. We just played. The kids jumped into the pool over and over again and Tatum our youngest, stuck by my side watching them. Then something clicked and it was beautiful to watch, we’ve been working on teaching her to swim and she was dog paddling short distances then in a split second she followed her big sister’s lead jumped off the pool steps and swam under the water. She literally

#Reflect31 - Day 27

You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh. -John Singer Sargent It’s been a good first week of school in the Grundler house albeit a long one. I can’t say it’s been an easy road taking on this reflection challenge and blogging every day of August (one of the busiest months of the year) but it’s been so worth it. In fact I’m not much of a writer, never have been. I was the kid that shied away from any type of writing, as a dyslexic I I didn’t have the confidence needed to put myself out there in words. But I could sketch and I saw images in my head that explained my thinking. Additionally, the more I drew the easier it flowed and made sense. Writing eve

#REFLECT31 Day 26

"One does not discover new lands without losing sight of the shore for a very long time" - Andre Gide We are thrilled to be inspired by Alice Gentili, an Art Educator from the great city of Boston. She’s so awesome, always blurring the lines of ed tech and art to find innovative new ways to explore the creative process with middle school students. Doesn’t hurt that she’s an absolute hoot as well, just downright fun. As you know it’s an exciting time to be an educator, we live in a world of constant innovation. There’s a new app daily and we have to adapt and be flexible in our fast past world. Today Alice asks us to think further about change and taking risks. Change involves risk and un

#REFLECT31 Day 25

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Stephen Covey We’re lucky to have a local PLN that is bar none and among them is Ryan Steele. I had the privilege of meeting Ryan several years ago when we fellow assistant principals working at sister schools. I knew then he was a leader who had all the right intent and motivation. For Ryan it’s all about make connections that inspire positive change. So he asks us to reflect on the following question; Why are trusting relationships so important in education today? What hinders our success in these areas? How can we overcome these challen

#Reflect31 Day 24 "America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered. - Louis D. Brandeis" Today we are lucky to have our reflection question from a very energetic and motivational principal that believes in his community. Matthew Arend is a leads a wonderful neighborhood school and he values, his students, parents and staff as collaborative community. It takes this partnership to successfully instruct students. Matt also recognizes the uniqueness of each student and understands that differentiation is essential in education. Considering this he asks us

#Reflect31 Day 23

It’s hard to believe that it’s already day twenty-three, a daily blog is starting to become a habit and it’s helped so much having inspiration from the PLN. Today we are lucky to have a quote and question shared from Susan Riley (@susanrileyphoto) in Maryland. "Comparison is the Thief of Joy" - Theodore Roosevelt. As adults and even adolescents, we often let fear of of not being “as good as” prevent us from moving forward. As an art educator people will say things to me such as, I can’t draw a stick figure or I want to be in your group because you can do the drawing. Truth is anyone can draw, it just takes practice. The more you do it the better you get. However, because their drawings

#REFLECT31 Day 22

Don has picked another great quote for us today. “Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.” ~Joss Whedon Think about those that you look to for guidance or see as a leader. Often times in my role as a coordinator I think about the potential I see in others. My second principal, Sara Bonser, taught me that our primary job as a leader was to grow other leaders. That we should not be intimidated by those with power we should help guide them and model great leadership. But looking deeper it’s not only leaders that I look to for guidance and inspiration, it’s the teachers I have the privilege to work with and the PLN we’ve created on social media. Sometimes it’s the most quie

#REFLECT31 Day 21

This question comes from one of our good friends within our ArtsEd professional learning network, Susan Riley. She asks, how will you encourage students to fail forward and to embrace the process? The process of failure needs to be modeled, we need to lead by example. If your students do not see and experience it, they will never understand it. Students need to see how we handle failure in a positive way, they will be more likely not see it as a bad thing. Teach students to see failure as a small bump on along the road of improvement. Share with us some ways you have handled failure in the past year or ways you could have improved the way how you handled it. “Only those who dare to fail gr

#Reflect31 Day 20

Great things never come from comfort zones. What are you going to teach or try this year that might push you out of your comfort zone? “I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we're all teachers - if we're willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” - Marla Gibbs Tell us about the risks you took in your classroom last year or the ones you intend to take this year, will it push you outside your comfort zone? How will being outside your comfort zone help us relate to our students? Happy

#REFLECT31 - Day 19

Today we are lucky to have another reflection from Craig Kemp. Craig is the Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD. He’s passionate and fun and describes himself as a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. When you take a look at Craig’s website you can see right away he’s a busy educator and leader. Which is why his question is so powerful. Craig states, “It is difficult to declutter our minds and stop thinking of our to do lists, mentally planning lessons, etc. during our class time. What are some techniques you use in order to stay present in the moment with Ss when teaching?” This seems evermore challenging as we juggle a classroom

#Reflect31 Day 18

“The answer is not to standardize education, but to personalize and customize it to the needs of each child and community. There is no alternative. There never was.” - Ken Robinson This question comes from Matt Grundler, @ArtGuy76 in Texas. Today is Think Through Thursday, consider this reflection and think through how you will personalize your teaching for the individual students in your community this school year? It’s important to look for individualized ways that we can help our students. There are no other option, we have to do what’s best for them! Look for innovative ways to individualize learning, it is never too late to try something new and if you have some great ideas but need hel

#Reflect31 Day 17

On this What if Wednesday and we have another reflective question from Nikki Kalcevic in Arkansas, this is a simple and straight-forward question, “What was your favorite lesson to teach last year & why did you love it?” What if everyone shared their best lesson plans? We’re hoping for a lot of sharing today, tell us about your favorite lessons and why they are totally amazing. But please take it a step further and share links, resources and lesson plans. We are a community of professional educators that believes in the power of sharing, it allows us to grow with each other. Here’s a quote that speaks to our reflection today, “Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of

#Reflect31 - Day 16

If you aren’t following Don Goble, you need to. He’s award winning multi-media communications teacher from Missouri and we had the honor to learn from him at ipadpalooza this summer. Here’s a book that Don wrote about the Six Word Story One of the things about Don is that he’s a truly authentic person and his actions are louder than his words and you know he cares about teaching. Beyond that he express the belief that teachers can positively change the world by teaching students to think deeply about the messages they see/hear in media and in turn the message that they are sending out into the world. So it

#Reflect31 - Day 15

Today high school art teacher Dorsey Sammataro @DorseySammataro from Georgia asks us to wonder. After reading her reflection question I googled children’s poems about wonder and found one that seemed so fitting. It’s linked to give credit to the author and original website. I Wonder I wonder why the grass is green And why the wind is never seen? Who taught the birds to build a nest, And told the trees to take a rest? O, when the moon is not quite round, Where can the missing bit be found? Who lights the stars, when they blow out, And makes the lightning flash about? Who paints the rainbow in the sky, And hangs the fluffy clouds so high? Why is it now, do you suppose, That Dad won't tell me,

Reflect 31: Day 14 -

Today’s reflective inspiration and question comes from a veteran teacher and elementary administrator; Laurie Taylor. We are lucky to work with her as our Executive Director of Elementary Curriculum. Just this week I had the opportunity to speak with her about several different school district initiatives and the thing that is always apparent is her love of students. The key to her philosophy is students first and she believes that her role is to inspire great teaching in order for students to succeed. Laurie states, In order to truly teach our students, we must be willing to learn from them. Then she asks us to consider, What have you surprisingly learned from your students that made you

#Reflect31 - Day 13

Today’s reflection question comes from our good friend Nic Hahn, she knows how to make the most of every minute of life. She puts in a hundred and ten percent intensity into her family and teaching. We have to say we really enjoyed her summer posts, who knew there was such a thing as paddleboard yoga? Nic did and she shared it with all of us! Summer as an educator is essential for rest, revitalization, and of course reflection. It’s also a great time to personalize your professional learning. Unfortunately summer is over and it’s time to ask ……… What experiences did you have this summer that will change the way you teach? We know what you are thinking, wait it’s over? Is summer coming t

Reflect 31: Day 12

Today’s reflection comes from a fellow Texan and one of our very good friends, Chris Parker. Even though he’s in Texas we found each other on Twitter and first met at a state Youth Art Month event. Since then he’s become a wonderful colleague and friend who shares and inspires us all. His question revolves around something the K12ArtChat network talks about often. Student voice. Student Choice. Share how you let your students do it? Share and rejoice. At the core of arts education is a belief that expressing one’s self is essential to the process of creation. This involves both voice and choice, however these ideas are not limited only to arts education. Share how you allow for student