150 Articles Later: A Reflection on My Time at The Educator’s Room

In October 2012, my local newspaper published "Exhaustion of the American Teacher" by John Kuhn. I remember reading the article once. Twice. Four-hundred times. It simply spoke every frustrated, burnt out end of my professional being. If you haven't read it yet, please stop reading this article and go there. So, like any curious reader, [...]

By | 2016-11-06T22:04:55+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Classroom Leadership, Featured, Opinion, Series, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Stories of a New Administrator

A little over a year ago I took over as the Director of the small, private school I taught at for six years and attended as a small child.  Need it be said that I was thrilled?  My staff taught by my side for several years and brainstormed with me for nearly a year.  I [...]

Rural Schools Journal- Entry 2

Mr. McConnell’s Rural Schools Journal Entry 2 (7/14/2016): A look from inside the school My first “Rural Schools” journal entry described a slice of our country- America and how the last few decades have impacted that quaint little world. It ain’t quite Walton’s Mountain, but it might be the closest thing you’re going to find [...]

By | 2016-11-01T13:46:52+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Series|0 Comments

Kindergarten Readiness: 10 MORE Things Your Child Should Know

Last week, I explored the academic side of Kindergarten readiness. But school readiness is not all about regurgitating facts because some things just cannot be measured. One child's brain development differs from another's, but there are many things that teachers look for that have nothing to do with intelligence. Here are 10 more things to [...]

Adventures in Going Paperless: Making Assumptions about Digital Literacy

I am an immigrant—digitally speaking. Like many born in the late 70’s, I have fond(ish) memories of hovering over my Brother WP 1400D, busting out a 14 page essay due the next day. I used card catalogs, bound journals, and microfiche for my research. I didn’t even have an email account until college, much less [...]