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February 07, 2017

Motivation for Learning: Competition Vs. Collaboration

If we truly want to change the world (and/or education), we have to work together; it's just too big of a project for any one person to take on alone. So if you have a great idea, share it. Find the right people who will lift you up and build it out and then make it happen. We are so much better together.

January 31, 2017

5 Tips for Successful Tech Infusion in Your Classes

The same way teaching is an art and not just anyone can do it, teaching with tech takes knowledge and creativity and a willingness to take risks in order to explore learning differently.

January 24, 2017

Reflections on a Classroom 'Gallery Walk'

Overall, it wasn't a complete loss. I'm not giving up. Sometimes I expect so much from my students and myself that I skip steps and when it fails I'm hard on myself, but this is such an opportunity. I may even share this observation with students.

January 22, 2017

'Mysteries at the Museum' Offers Engaging History Lessons

It's amazing where ideas come from when it comes to be creative as a teacher. As I'm watching this program and writing this post, I've had a million other ideas of how I could differentiate this one idea for the particular students in my class. If my goal is to get students engaged with story telling and doing research about their personal history and tying that personal history to larger history, then by providing choice and voice, I'd hope the students would strengthen valuable skills while learning new content.

January 08, 2017

Develop a Blogging Community for Students to Preserve History

Seniors only get to live their last year of high school once... how awesome would it be to have a public record of their own thoughts and feelings of it for the future? And it doesn't have to only be seniors, think of a time in your life when you found work in a box from when you were a kid, wasn't it fun to see your thoughts and be reminded of your younger self? Why not help students develop their digital footprint in an authentic way while helping learn to be good digital citizens?

December 26, 2016

Wrapping Up 2016: A Blogging Year in Review

From the #1st5days to Harry Potter, this year marked a journey that I'm luck to have endured. Review the year in posts and share your experiences from the year about any or all of the topics shared.

December 15, 2016

Teach Students to Create Twitter Moments for Curation

Twitter Moments can be a very powerful curation tool if you are using the social media outlet with staff for professional learning or with students as a backchannel.

December 11, 2016

We Can't Assume Students Know How to Choose

Every child knows how to like something, but they don't always know how to make it applicable to learning. Sometimes they don't see the connections and that's where we have to help. The more transparent we can make the learning process, the better students will be able to choose when you ask them "What do you want to learn?"

November 27, 2016

Change Requires Buy-In From Stakeholders

Any change worth making take a fair effort of all stakeholders involved, so it is necessary for us to do our best to make sure the message is clear as to why and that lines of communication are open to answer questions that arise. Change is hard and it invokes fear in most people, so we must make sure we do what we can to ease that discomfort.

November 13, 2016

The Twilight Zone of November 9th, 2016

Guest writer, Vivett Dukes shares her response as well as the responses of her students to the election. Read to hear some of her thoughts and consider how to move forward from here.

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