Sunday, April 26, 2015

Classroom Design, Challenge 16

This week's challenge is brought to you by one of my favorite people, Greg Smedley-Warren.  Greg is a kindergarten teacher in Nashville, Tennessee.

This week's challenge is all about relinquishing control a little bit.

But I'll let Greg explain more.  You can watch his video challenge HERE.

Now, the hard part, completing the task!  Are you up for the challenge?  Share your progress this week with changing up your classroom design by tweeting or sharing on FB or Google+ using the #EduLS hashtag!  Have fun!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

EdCamps! Challenge 15

This weekend I was able to help organize and host my third EdCamp (EdCampNavasota).  I absolutely love EdCamps. For those of you who may not know what an EdCamp is or have never been to one here's a great video for you to check out:

EdCamps are known as an UnConference.  They're completely participant driven.  So much so that the schedule isn't even designed until the day of, and it's based completely after what YOU want to learn about.

My favorite part about EdCamp though?  It's not about presentations.  It's all about conversations.

And even if you can't be at a local EdCamp, there are EdCamps happening every single weekend!  You can just look on twitter and see so many great EdCamp hashtags and you can learn from the EdCamps without even being able to attend one in person!  You can see all what learning happened at the EdCampNavasota this weekend by checking out #EdCampNavasota on Twitter!

So what is your challenge this week?  Well it takes on two parts.

1.  If you've been to an EdCamp, share why you enjoyed it and one thing you learned using the #EduLS hashtag.

2.  The second part is to FIND an EdCamp to attend OR to organize your own local EdCamp! And share your plans/process with the #EduLS hashtag. (you can find tons of Edcamps HERE)

Organizing an EdCamp is not a complicated process and doesn't take a ton of time.  Surround yourself with a great team and it's easy!  You can find tons of information and help on

So there's this week's challenge!  Don't be afraid to reach out to other people who've done EdCamps as well to get ideas or help!  So what are you waiting for???  Find an EdCamp near you (or organize your own) and get to learning!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Innovate! Challenge 14

This week's challenge is brought to you by Jason Bretzmann!  And I think it's another perfect one for this time of year.

Jason's challenge is a simple, yet challenging one.  Simply put, find a way this week to innovate.

You can find Jason's challenge video HERE.  So what are you waiting for?

*** on a side note, I've heard some people tell me "I don't have time for this week's challenge".  Keep in mind that you can do these challenges in any order that you want!  If you miss a week or two, that's ok!!  This learning is for YOU!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Positive Post-It Day, Challenge 13

I am so excited and thrilled for this week's challenge.  This week's challenge comes from the BRILLIANT Tony Sinanis.  Tony did this week's challenge just this last week with his entire staff!

This week's challenge is all about creating a "Positive Post-It Day" on your campus!  Watch Tony's short video below to hear a little about it....

(if you're on a mobile device and can't see the video, click HERE to watch it)

After watching Tony's video you can check out his blog post about it, HERE.

So that's your challenge this week.  Create a Positive Post It Day at your campus and share via the hashtags #EduLS and #PositivePostItDay.

Let's all take a little time to share some positivity and watch the difference it makes!