#MyInnovativeYear: The Purpose of Education #IMMOOC

Back in the middle ages (ok, the late 60s/early 70s) when I was matriculating through school, the powers that be in the educational universe were preparing the majority of humans for work in the well oiled industrial sector. I attended school in a town which, at the time, boasted the largest steel mill in North…

#MyInnovativeYear: #IMMOOC and Being Stuck in Neutral

Ok, I’m writing this while in a state of general frustration.  Not necessarily the best time to discuss innovation in education or in life in general, but it is what it is.  Way back in January, I wrote a post on the joys of NOT writing New Year’s resolutions, having a plan and this being…

Reflective Learning: Quickie, Slicky, Tricky Assessment

I have never been one for giving students quizzes or exams.  There’s enough of that crap going on in schools these days and the level of stress and anxiety created in even saying the word “test” is unbearable even for me… and I’m not even the one taking the test. Yet, this year, I want…

A Different Kind of Year

I’ve been back in the classroom a couple of weeks now.  I can say, it’s an adventure in the making.  This particular group of students have already proven to be a classroom management challenge.  We anticipated it.  At the end of last year, we met with them (as 7th graders) to let them know what…

Hyperdoc on Tap

So, I bought the book, I’ve actually read it (that’s what you’re supposed to do with the books you buy, right?) and I made a few docs.  I even poked around online and looked at docs others have made. I made my first Hyperdoc late last Spring for Earth Day, and my second for the Summer…

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…