STEM & Literacy: Learning about Earning

Literacy,  noun the ability to read and write; competence or knowledge in a specified area. I am always thinking of new ways to incorporate reading, writing and discussions into my science curriculum.  After a discussion with a co worker about exposing our students to things they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to, I’ve decided to start a…

By the End of this School Year You Will…

You know the drill. Its the way we write our objectives, our expected learning outcomes,  so students know what it is they’re about to be exposed to, and what they are expected to learn by the end of their learning experience.  It gives them focus and helps them recognize their role in their learning. Why…

Ready to Quit Teaching? Try Job Crafting First

Originally posted on AFFECTIVE LIVING:
At the end of this year, I had a major thought: I need alcohol. Then, I had a more productive thought: I need a change. You’ve had those years, right? When the challenges of teaching stalk you like dementors, sucking the life out of your soul? But as much as…

Tech Review: WeJit

Wow, haven’t done one of these in a while.  Just when you think you’ve played with every edtech app out there, your coworker tosses a new on in the toy box!  Shout out to Debbie J for casually inserting little gem of an app in her sample lesson as we finish up our book study on…

The Season of Leadership

  I  have been told I’m a teacher leader.  Such a funny title “teacher leader”.  It apparently means, that I, as a classroom teacher, have taken it upon myself to lead in some capacity, which is true, I have.  I suppose I should be honored by the title. When I was about 21 years old,…

#MyInnovativeYear: Book Study Start… NOW

The book study started today.  Everyone is supposed to be reading Chapters 1 and 2 of the book “Blended Learning in K12” and answering the reflection question.  I’ve heard from the Chapters 3 and 5 jigsaw groups, had 2 people drop out before we even began and have tweaked the learning guide 3 times. I…

#MyInnovativeYear: Presenting… Me!

I run professional development sessions with the staff at my school all the time.  I know these people; they’re a funny, quirky bunch of professionals, the majority of whom, love to learn new things.  I USED to run professional development sessions when I was an OSHA consultant, more than 20 years ago.  Those people were…

See You Later, Alligator!

The second to the last day of school, it started. For weeks, we’d been telling our 8th graders what was coming, how they’d become reflective about their middle school experience and possibly begin panicking about high school.  They, naturally, balked at it all.  They were powerful, they were 8th graders. I was standing with my…

Getting Serious About It: My Journey to Google Certified Trainership

About eighteen months ago, I reflected on becoming Google Certified. At the time, I was focused on becoming a Certified Educator, had done my research, looked into taking the exams, actually took a couple and bombed them miserably and decided to step back and think this goal through more thoroughly.  I’ve read a few articles…

#MyInnovativeYear: Organizing the Book Study

In my last installment of #MyInnovativeYear, I talked about the summer book study I’m going to facilitate in a few weeks.  I am so excited about it I wake up each morning thinking of new and different ways to deliver the content and engage the learners and use my newly learned skills with Hyperdocs (oh…

#MyInnovativeYear: Wikibooks and the Great Summer Book Study

So I like to read.  I also like to learn new stuff.  I even like helping others learn new stuff.  How can I do all three and still work on my tan this summer? A BOOK STUDY!!!! (loud cheers and screaming from the crowd) Our principal had me start a blog for our teachers last…

Adventures in Google Classroomland: My Maps and the Great Pinning

The beauty of my Big Fat Weather Project is how flexible it is and how I’ve been able to teach the students new ways of doing the “same old stuff”.  Last week, they learned how to use Google Keep to collect weather data on their assigned cities.  I overheard one of them THIS WEEK, talk…