ISTE Student Standard 1.6 ISTE Student Standard 1.6a ISTE Student Standard 1.6c ISTE Student Standards

Providing Options

As consumers of media, young people are especially vulnerable to all types of advertising. One of my favorite projects that I work on with my CTE Marketing students is when we study logos, pathos and ethos, or as some like to call it, The Art of Persuasion. We begin the unit by watching cartoons that […]

ISTE Student Standard 1.5 ISTE Student Standard 1.5c ISTE Student Standard 1.5d ISTE Student Standards

Quilt Math – Computational Thinking in Action

Computational thinking can be defined in many different ways. Some attach the use of computers and computer programming to the definition. While it is important to note, especially in our technology-filled world that computational thinking and computers are intrinsically linked, there is a simple unplugged definition. Computational thinking is the process of solving problems by […]

ISTE Standard 1.1c ISTE Student Standards

Feedback Loop

Module 1 focuses on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Student Standard 1.1, the empowered learner. As an English teacher I am constantly trying to figure out how I can empower my students to take more ownership over their learning and the learning process in general.  My students are currently learning how to […]

Community Engagement Project ISTE Coaching Standard 4.7 ISTE Coaching Standard 4.7c ISTE Coaching Standard 7 ISTE Standard 4.7a ISTE Standard 4.7b ISTE Standard 4.7D

Community Engagement Project

Working in a small rural school district in the Pacific Northwest brings many different challenges and successes when it comes to technology and education. I am blessed to work in a district that is 1-to-1 with Chromebooks. Every single student in my district has a device to use, and middle and high school students can […]

ISTE Coaching Standard 7 ISTE Standard 4.7b


Defining the meaning of respect is challenging. Defining the meaning of mutual respect is even more difficult. The main reason for this struggle is that the word respect is both a noun and a verb. When you Google “definition of respect” three different definitions come up for respect as a noun and one for respect […]

ISTE Coaching Standard 7 ISTE Standard 4.7a


Transparency, there is more than one definition for this important word. The definition that I am going to use for this article is the second definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (n.d.) “the quality that makes something obvious or easy to understand.” As I was reading for our third module on social justice, I realized how […]

ISTE 4.7c ISTE Coaching Standard 7

Thinking Critically

What does it mean to be a critical thinker? Does a common definition actually exist? The easy answer to this question, is no. After much research on the topic, I have come to realize there is not one single commonly agreed upon definition for the term “critical thinking”.  For the purposes of this post I […]

ISTE Coaching Standard 7 ISTE Standard 4.7b

Finding Hope

In August of 2018, I attended my first summer institute at my new teaching job. I was a brand-new change of career teacher, and I really did not fully understand the magnitude of the adventure I was embarking upon. My first day of training was mostly get to know you activities with the whole district […]


Searching for Meaning

Written on August 22, 2021 Taking the time to thoroughly read, and in some cases reread multiple times, the Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Mission and Vision Statements, the School of Education Conceptual Framework, the Digital Education Leadership (DEL) handbook, and the Racial Justice Statement was invaluable (Seattle Pacific University, 2017, 2020, n.d.a, n.d.b). I start […]