How I created a movement
 in 140 characters: #FTTTP

A simple hashtag (#FTTTP) has created a movement of excitement within my classroom walls! My desire and intent was to intentionally connect with my students on a more meaningful, engaging and powerful way that would focus on meeting their social and emotional needs in an addition to fostering a atmosphere in which puts pastoral care paramount throughout my classroom.

I believed that the growing trend of data driven and standardized testing environment that has festered throughout the DNA of schools today is creating a growing disconnect between our students and their learning journey. I believe, and research supports, that a shift in creating a positive and meaningful learning environment will create positive results if the needs of the child are addressed first and foremost.

I will be rolling out the #FTTTP Movement this week at a statewide teachers conference (MACUL) in Detroit, MI. Go to for a sneak preview.