Self-Reflection on Effective Instructional Leadership

It’s nearly 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 7…at least, in my small corner of the world in Indonesia. Back in the greater Seattle-area it’s barely Saturday morning and really, if you’re a Friday night party-goer, it’s still technically Friday night. But I digress. You see, time is on my mind and I really don’t have […]

Theory into Practice: Building Confidence Through Doing

“Education is a people business”. There has been numerous times over the past four years that I’ve heard my husband utter this simple truth when explaining his most fundamental role as an administrator; whether interacting with teachers, support staff, Board members, students or parents, establishing a productive and foundational relationship is key. I’ve always nodded […]

Standard 1 & 3 Meta-reflection EDU 6524 Curriculum Design

Nearing the end of a course is always a bittersweet experience. While I inevitably am ready for a brief respite from the rigors of near constant intellectual challenge, I lament losing the full-body contact that comes with immersing oneself in the dogged pursuit of enlightenment. Ah, but all good things must come to an end, […]

Mapping the Past, Mapping the Future

This past week has been filled with opportunities to explore and put into practice varying aspects of curriculum design. Last Wednesday, I met with the “Professional Development & Curriculum Supervisor” at a local district office. The first order of business was attending a weekly meeting of the members of the district’s student learning group, including […]

Did You Find What You Were Looking For? Self-analysis of a Resurrected UbD Unit

A couple weeks ago I was in a grocery store doing my weekly shopping. When finished collecting my various and sundry items, I approached an empty check-out stand and began placing my items on the belt. A smiling clerk greeted me with a warm “hello”, then proceeded to ask the ubiquitous question that all customer […]

The Intersection of Poverty and Autism

Perhaps the most difficult yet personally and professionally illuminating part of being in the Curriculum and Instruction program this year is that I am not teaching in a general education classroom. Instead, I am working twenty-eight hours weekly providing behavior therapy using Applied Behavior Analysis for two early learners with autism. Oftentimes when confronted with […]

Decidedly Not Impervious to Critique

Perhaps the greatest lesson I’ve learned thus far in the Curriculum and Instruction program is the value of taking time to engage in metacognition and reflection on past practices to improve on and deepen my understanding of my present knowledge. I’ve spent the past few days picking at (and apart) my UbD_Reconstruction_blog1 (UbD) units that I […]