Monthly Archives: December 2014

Laughter is the Best PD

I created a Storify  slide show for your holiday enjoyment. Either go to the link or here it is in its pared down version.

Laughter is the Best PD

Enjoy your Christmas break

Sometimes it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe
  1. Complaining is pointless. Either act or forget.

  2. I love that point when you are so tired that everything is funny.
    Yogurt .... hilarious

  3. When the root is deep, there is no need to fear the wind.Flying
  4. It’s important to make someone happy, and it’s important to start with yourself
  5. Work hard, have fun, no drama (llama).

  6. Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring.
    "You can't erase your past, but welcome to your future..." This Friday night, real people put in the work and real transformations begin. #WakeUpCall #9pm #TNT

  7. Don’t give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door. Paul Coelho
    Wynar Nile Trash Ph

  8. 10.
    When nothing’s going right, go left.
    11. All my life I thought air was free until I bought a bag of chips.

    Finally, a day without laughter is a wasted day. Charlie Chaplin



After the Doctorate

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After three years of work and a completed dissertation, what changed after my degree? For others in my cohort, they have changed jobs, left jobs, moved locations, and then some, like me, have not done anything new. In a way, it has been frustrating for me because I feel like I am trying to move forward, but I am also trying to stay true to my mo’o worthy philosophy, so change, not for change sake, but for a journey that is worth taking.

As January approaches, and I am looking at 6 months of standing still, it just takes a little bit of reflection and a little bit of scrolling through my iPhoto to realize that in fact I have not been standing still. After my doctorate, and after my large AHA at the dissertation conference, I have found willing audiences to listen to my story of an authentic dissertation using the mo’o model.

In the week after our graduation ceremony, I wrote an abstract on the mo’o dissertation model to three conferences with the hopes of going to one. Instead, I got accepted to all three. The first one was the Pacific Circle Consortium in October in Sydney. I went alone and because it was a busy time at work, I didn’t stay long, but I did have one day before my evening flight home to walk across the Sydney Harbor bridge and spend the day exploring the harbor.

April is the AERA conference where 13,000 proposals were sent in. I am going with a group of women, some who I know, some who I don’t and none that I work with, to be on a panel. Finally in July, I will be in New Zealand at Waikato University.

I am doing things that are uncomfortable for me. I am facing situations that I am afraid of. I continue to ask myself “why am I doing this?” but I do it anyway. So yes, perhaps nothing on the outside has really changed after my doctorate, but I am taking large faith leaps and in the process, I am learning to dance.

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Projects Made with Code

If you have kids at home with you and you need a rainy day alternative to the X-Box, Google has some fun projects to teach beginners how coding works. They even get advice from coding professionals at companies like Pixar.

Check it out here: and see how simple and fun coding can be, even for you. I learned how to arrange actions in order to make my Yeti below dance.



John Nordblom also shared this link on Alice and Garfield. Check it out.

Nānā i Ke Kumu: Hawaiian Manaʻo Course Offered



What: This is a 1 B-credit blended learning course (half of the classes are face to face and half are conversations online) running from February 2 to March 30th.

Purpose/Course Goals: This course comes out of an interest by the KSH Kula Waena Nohona Hawaiʻi committee to have deeper professional conversations around Hawaiian ways of knowing, Hawaiian ways of doing, culture-based educational practices, makawalu, and what teaching through a Hawaiian lens might look like in the 21st century. The purpose of this course then is to invite teachers and staff that are interested in this type of scholarship to read excerpts from different books in order to engage in professional conversations around the reading as a way to hone in on some understandings of what Indigenous perspectives, or Hawaiian perspectives might look like in their classrooms. In addition, this book study will be used as a kahua and a catalyst for bringing in additional resources and connecting our WEO, our nine Hawaiian values, advisory curriculum and perhaps content curriculum to Hawaiian manaʻo.

Schedule of classes: 

1. February 2 launch, Monday, 3-5 (face to face)

2. Week of February 9-15 (online) – post and respond any time between 2/5 – 2/15

3. February 17, Tuesday 3-5 (face to face)

4. Week of February 23 – March 1 (online)

5. March 2, Monday 3-5 (face to face)

6. Week of March 9-15 (online)

7. Week of March 16 – 22 (online)

8. March 23, Monday 3-5 (face to face)

9. March 30, Monday 3-5 hoʻike

For a more detailed agenda, for more information or to sign up, please email Cathy (

Storify + Twitter


I first did a post on using Twitter as a PD tool two years ago. Considering that Twitter is going to be 9 years old in March, I was way late to the party.  I also admit that I was late to the party in joining Twitter. I didn’t join Twitter until January 2008 when Twitter was already two years old.

I am a slow adapter, an infrequent contributor and a “sunny day friend” to Twitter. The only time I am really on is when I am at a conference, lurking at a conference that I am not at, or forgetting that my Instagram is connected to my Twitter. But last year my huge epiphany happened at ISTE 2014 when I found notes to sessions that I was locked out of available to me on Twitter just by following the hashtag #ISTE2014. Don’t know how to do this or what a hashtag is, go here. For Tweet-phobes, I offer this: if you are going to a conference, especially a national conference, join Twitter even if it’s just to follow the hashtag for the conference.

This post, despite the long intro is really about the power of combining Twitter with Storify, especially now that Storify allows you to make Twitter cards. It allows people like me who lurk at conferences that I don’t actually attend (like NCTE) to use Storify to pull pertinent tweets from others together to synthesize my own learning. Check out Amy Rudd’s example linked below. She too did not go to NCTE but learned anyway by following the tweets.

Her story

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Wa’a Talks: Teachers Teaching Teachers


I am all about teachers teaching teachers. The real experts are already in the classroom: you and your colleagues. This is one of those PD opportunities to come together with other like-minded professionals, network, share and gather ideas about connecting your classroom with the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and how exactly to do that in your content area.

This opportunity only happens at one outer island site: January 15, 2015, Thursday from 4 – 6 pm at our own Charles Reed Bishop Learning Center.

What you need to know: Participants should be ready to share an activity, lesson or idea of how to integrate the voyage into instructional practice. Teachers will be grouped in grade-level teams to talk story within a supportive learning community of 4 – 6 teachers. Bring ideas, planners, laptops and student work samples to inspire the conversations.

Registration is free and open to K – 12 teachers. Space is limited to 40 participants so sign up below


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