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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekly Menu #1

I am always looking for new/different/better dinner ideas. I subscribe and look at several different "weekly menus" and thought it would be fun to start my own. We tend to eat more standard dinners than a lot of the menu ideas that I see. Or at least to me we do! We do not really tend to eat as healthy as we should. But mainly because  either 1...the food doesn't taste good! or 2.. seems to take to much time! or 3... I have no idea how to do it! but I am always open to suggestions! So please share your weekly menu...maybe we can all get some great new or at least different ideas!

Sunday: Cheeseburger Macaroni
                 Green Beans
Monday: Chicken Egg Noodle Crockpot dinner
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Roast
              (in the crockpot)
Thursday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Eat out!

As you can tell I love to use my crockpot! It is so nice to get home and dinner already be ready!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Repurposing My blog!

I started this blog over a year ago as an assignment for my master's course. But over the last year I have started to follow and use so many great blogs! that I would like to try and repurpose this blog so that maybe I can benefit and help someone else, as well! So I am going to try and make that a new goal for myself! Wish me luck because I have no idea what I am doing!!

How might Educational Leaders use Blogs

There are so many ways for educational  leaders to use blogs, but I wll name just a few to keep it short and simple. Blogs are a great way to share ideas. You can interact with all kinds of people, both people involved in similar situations as yourself, and people who might not even be in education but who can give you fresh insight on what you are talking about. A blog can be a good outlet for discussions and to share ideas and thoughts from other peers. Using technology is such a great tool and we as educational leaders need to utilize it as much as we can. Blogs provide many resources for more expereinces, actions, and reflections.

What I have learned about Action Research!!

In a short time I have learned quite a bit about "Action Research". Action research is a problem solving technique that can help an administrator and/or teacher to implement changes to help students/faculty be successful. In action research you define the problem, determine a course of action, take action, gather data, and then reflect on the success of the action.
Action research can be looked at as active data collection to solve a problem. As an administrator or teacher I can use action research to improve student performance (or staff/campus performance). I can as three questions: What is the problem; What can I do to improve the situation; How will the finished product look/How will I know I have achieved my goal?
In action research, "action" is the key word. You must do something. Implement a new procedure, try a new approach to a situation, try something you haven't done before, or do something in a new way. Then you have to look at the data that you have collected from the actions and determine if the changes made a difference. Was the problem solved? Did the situation change? Were the changes for better or worse? If the action you took didn't affect the change you were looking for, then you at least have found what doesn't work. If the changes gave you the results you were looking for, Hooray! Problem solved! Action research is an essential tool that will allow you to implement changes effectively and to solve problems.