Bitmoji Classroom Craze

Remote learning or virtual learning (whatever you choose to call it) began for most of the world’s children in March due to COVID-19 (or coronavirus). Around that time, the #BitmojiClassroom craze began. I think it was created by Shana Ramin. I avoided it because I had so many other things going on (coursework, work obligations,…

Coaching During a Pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been running rapid all over the world. No one was prepared for it. NO ONE. We are walking around with masks, people are dying in the hundreds daily, we are quarantined, and the way things once were will no longer be. Trips have been cancelled, weddings, and social events… cancelled. COVID-19…

Mental Health: The Ultimate Awkward Silence

If you follow me from Twitter (@TAYLOR_does_IT), you know there are two things I care deeply about. Relationships Mental Health I know. The title alone is confusing. I promise there has a point to it. Just stick with me and it will all become clear. Let me start by saying, I am not a therapist….

Your Mental Health Matters

Mental illness: two words that when put together sound… scary, weird, even crazy. Those two words put together will have people give you a look of confusion as if something is wrong with you and they can see it on your face. Those two words have a stigma attached to them that MUST end. The…

Ready, Set, Goals!

On June 1, I completed my first year as an Instructional Technology Coach for Tuscaloosa City Schools. I served 13 schools (yes, THIRTEEN) as best as I could. I focused on building relationships, communication, and availablity. I didn’t complain because I know people who are serving over 30 schools alone. There were days I wanted…

Top 5 Experiences from #ISTE18

I attended my first ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference this year in Chicago. The weather was nice and cozy, even on the days it rained. People were EVERYWHERE, yet it still didn’t feel like they were in a rush. The girls (team) and I really had a nice time. Dr. Miyoshi “Doctor…

#WhyITeach

I have been working with children since I was a teen (17). When I was in high school, teacher’s aide and office aide were electives. I was Mrs. Cabil’s Kindergarten aide and she was an amazing teacher. I LOVED working with her students who are adults now. WOW. ┬áThere was one girl in particular who…

Educators Matter

I support #OklahomaTeacherWalkout. Those educators are not abandoning their students or their profession. They are advocating for better treatment of themselves AND the profession. I am baffled by the fact that the arming of teachers is being discussed and funded, yet funding for basic school needs are consistently depleting. Educators beg for school supplies (pencils,…

Don’t Arm Me, Support Me!

I’ve been debating on posting about this topic for a while, but after ANOTHER school shooting a few days ago in Maryland, I had to release these thoughts. Let me begin by stating these views are mine alone and do NOT reflect the views or opinions of my employer. It’s taboo to discuss your views…

Google Tour Builder

Google Tour Builder is a new way to show your students the places they may not have visited and the experiences they would encounter along the way with the use of Google Earth. It allows you to pick locations on the map, add in videos, photos, text, then share your creation. It is a web-based…