"What do I want students to be able to do?"
"How will students demonstrate their understanding of a concept or skill?"
When I'm planning a model lesson, facilitating professional learning, participating in a data team, collaborating on lesson planning or writing curriculum, the three questions above are at the forefront of my mind. It can be easy to get swept up by the latest technology tool, instructional strategy or practice being shared online or in professional journals, but I never want an activity or app to trump the learning. This doesn't mean I never try anything new, in fact that's far from the case! I'm always on the lookout for innovative practices and resources, but wait to implement something until it has a direct tie to what I'm teaching and will allow students to learn and/or demonstrate their understanding in a way they could not do without it. I want to take advantage of every minute students or teachers spend learning, and don't want to put the cart (tech or activity) before the horse (learning).
I look forward to continuing to be learning focused, and with to my PLN and social media will continue adding to my bookmarks and instructional toolbox that will serve a purpose and when appropriate, use them with my learners.