Congratulations to Jenn Basso

Congratulations to the new Royalston School Committee member Jenn Basso!!!! I know you will fill the huge shoes and begin making your own prints. We have a wonderful school and you have played an important role in making RCS exactly the type of school where we want kids to go!!! I cannot thank you enough for working side by side with me to create our vision to build a real school community these past 8 months. I believe you will help RCS continue to be all about what is best for kids!!! Congratulations!!! ( lots of exclamation points just for you)

Slice of life– mindset in the classroom

Many times the small incidental mentions lead to really big ideas.

Accidents or coincidence?- Do you ever feel like you are in the library at Hogworts where books just slide off the shelves for you. This has been happening to me a lot lately. Four years ago it was Daily 5, Notebook Connections and Readers Workshop. This carried into Teach Like a Pirate and Daily Cafe. Last summer I read about higher order thinking skills, writers classroom, writers notebook, and the Starbucks Experience. Not to provide the wide list of books that I have recently read, it’s more about how the books are mentioned then out of no where become HUGE pieces of my life’s puzzle for learning. Lately it has been Teach Like A Pirate. This book vaulted me to take a look at how our district was teaching professional development on the half days. During one session in particular I looked around and asked myself, “Would you buy a ticket to this professional development?” Suddenly the books ideals came screaming to me. I began a simple conversation with a teacher and suddenly we were working together on planning the next professional development. We wanted to build an experience. Create something people looked forward to. Incredibly money was even offered to the quasi professional development team and the response was as though it was scripted by Dave Burgess himself. “Nahhh, this is fun and if I get paid then it becomes more like a job. This way I can be more passionate. That’s the Pirate mentality.

Just recently I received an email from Mrs. Drouin letting me know about a couple of books she was interested in reading. One of them was titled, Mindsets in the Classroom. I figured I would order it at the end of the month for her to read. Then not even a day later on my amazon.com account there was the book In my recommendations. My interest peeked, but I thought merely coincidence. Then one of my quasi professional development partners said we should read a book as a PLC. I asked her about her interests and suddenly out popped the topic for the book again. And as, I begin reading the first few chapters all ready I have learned so much.

Accident or coincidence….I wonder if the books choose you