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Cuteness Personified.

Cuteness Personified. I love this cute form that I just made that requests parent email information at the beginning of the school year.  

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Cyber Stupidity (A must read if you have a Pre-Teen or Teen)

Are you aware that there are countless websites that allow your teen to create a profile where anyone…really ANYONE…can ask your child or tell your child anything they want anonymously?  ANONYMOUSLY.  Now, if you are reading this you are most likely an educator or a parent and you are well aware that teenagers can not …

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Update

Obviously I haven’t written in a while.  Real life tends to get in the way.  Flipping my 5th grade classroom is still going well in the classroom.  It has been an amazing experience and one that I am so glad that I tried.  I do have to admit in a bit of a negative fashion …

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Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You…

In the very near future students in my class will be allowed to bring their own technology to school.  I am really looking forward to learning with them as we chart this new territory together.  I have visions of QR codes dancing in my head. Student created videos trot across my subconscious and thoughts of …

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A Fresh Week

I can still recall the excitement that I felt when my supervising teacher handed me the lesson plan book for the first time 20 years ago. The weeks that had passed were filled out with all of the crazy arrows, notes, things added in, things crossed out….but, the new week was blank and pristine and …

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Does Thinking Hurt Their Heads?

I was recently introduced to Thinking at Every Desk by Dr. Derek Cabrera and Dr. Laura Colosi.  When I say, recently…I mean REALLY recently.  You know…as in the day before yesterday.  The theory behind this movement is that we MUST teach thinking skills in classrooms across America in addition to the content curriculum in order …

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Flipping Math On Its Head

This year I decided to turn my math instruction upside down by “flipping” my 5th grade class and it is by far the best thing I have ever done for students.   Flipping refers to the relatively new practice of delivering instruction outside of class time through the use of videos and using class time for …

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To Flip or Not to Flip

A Flipped classroom is a bit like Opposite Day on steroids.  In a traditional classroom, students spend most of their classroom time listening to the teacher lecture or explain, some of the time applying, and the majority of their practice happens at home.  In a flipped classroom, the students view a video of their teacher’s …

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What I Won’t LIKE Teaching Next Year-but MUST.

I love teaching.  I love fresh school supplies-boxes of new crayons, freshly sharpened pencils, writer’s notebooks.  I love the laptop cart-fully charged and ready to go.  I love my kids-celebrating their successes and working hard to create new successes.  I love technology in the classroom and being innovative (as long as it promotes learning). I …

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How can we BEST recognize students?

Student recognition has been on my mind a lot lately.  I’m certain I don’t have all of the answers.  I’m certain I don’t even have MOST of the answers.  What I am certain of is that certain things don’t work.  They simply don’t.  I’ve done a lot of reading on this topic lately and some …

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