Tech Review: A Second Look @ Hyperdocs

I like Hyperdocs.  They’re a great way to put a lot of student centered learning right in front of a learner and assess their understanding in new and different ways. When I started using them, I tended to create my docs using Google Docs.  I’ve found this format is great for the adult learner, who…

#Intentional: Learning a Language; Listening to My Peers

So, in this year of being #Intentional,  I’ve pinned down my “to do” list for the next few months.  I will be learning to speak conversational Spanish (shouldn’t we all?) and possibly pick up another language later in the year.  I have also started listening to podcasts as I drive to work and while marching…

#Intentional: Reading with Fam: An Experiment

My first act of #Intentional behavior for the new year: My community of student learners read together twice a week.  A book is chosen, we read sections of it, the Reading and Language Arts teachers plan lessons around it and it’s a good experience for all.  We’ve read The Giver and Lemony Snicket: A Series…

#MyInnovativeYear: My Year in Review

Back in January, I promised myself I’d have an “innovative” year, full of doing things in different ways and growing by leaps and bounds.  Let’s see how I did, shall we? I started studying for my Google Certified Trainer credentials and stopped when Google changed up on everyone.  I set that aside for now as…

New Year, New Intentions

in·ten·tion·al inˈten(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/ adjective done on purpose; deliberate. “intentional wrongdoing and harm” I have reached the point in my career where, I believe, I have completed a particular purpose.  This is not to say I want to now leave education or that I no longer enjoy teaching.  I just feel as if my work here.. ….

Tech Review: The NEW Google Sites!

Man, I haven’t done a tech review in ages, have I?  This one is gonna be great! So, I heard through the cyber grapevine several months ago that Google was (finally) going to revamp Google Sites.  I love Sites and have created several websites with it.  The job of building on the old version of…

When Is a Learning Space More?

I’ve been driving my local PLN crazy this year.  I keep talking about this vision I have of a place where learners of all ages can come at their leisure to learn whatever they want.  A starting point for exploring the global wealth of resources available to anyone and everyone, I keep seeing this “space”….

Smart, Dumb, Education

smart adjective informal having or showing a quick-witted intelligence. “if he was that smart he would never have been tricked” synonyms clever, bright, intelligent, sharp-witted, quick-witted, shrewd,astute, able; I normally keep my political thoughts to myself; discussing the politics of education on this blog isn’t what I’m about.  But something happened recently that has been…

The Rudderless Ship

In the world of your average 8th grader, thinking any further ahead in time than “when’s lunch” or “is it 2:30 yet?” is a rare and beautiful thing.  Their lives are full of social interaction, general disgust with all things adult, and irritation at either having to take on responsibilities or being ignored by the…

#InnovativeMindset: There Has to Be More Than This

The week of October 17th was the worst week of my classroom life.  If it could go wrong, it went wrong.  Starting with general disorganization at the beginning,  peaking with standardized testing in the dark (don’t ask, please, just don’t) and ending with the ultimate insult from a student towards me.  Somewhere in there was…

seriously.

What if … I decided that the classroom wasn’t the place to change the face of education as I understand it. What if… the ‘re-education’ of educators has no meaning in a world where educators are learners? What if… I opt out of the status quo and recognize the truth about “innovative learning”? What if……

#InnovativeMindset: Overkill and the New Global Educational Reality

in·no·va·tion – a new method, idea, product, etc. I am opting out on writing on the topic of the week.  I tried, honestly, to come up with some thoughts on it, but something kept nagging at me all week. I’m sick of the word “innovation”. Sort of like, back in the day when I first got…