Tech Review: Synergyse

Our district technology e-coach is counting down the days til her maternity leave (congrats Alisha!) and in the meantime, life must go on at the 22 schools she lovingly provides excellent tech support.  My building has received the account information for our students and we're ready to help them set up their Google accounts!  One …

Compliment Chairs, Character Building, and Connections

First full week of school finished! I'm exhausted; you know, that "first week of school, dammit why do I do this to myself every year, I need to get on with my life, ugh" kind of exhausted. It was a good week. After several years of students who were forced to bring their personal issues …

Ask the Kids…

The never ending discussion on why children in the United States aren't as "smart" as children in other countries has been rehashed a thousand times.  Its been looked at from all angles.  Blame has been placed at the feet of half a dozen entities.  Everyone has tackled the issue, been asked about it, except.... the …

Redesigning My Learning Space

Its time to get back to the grind.  I've considered my online learning space, how it is set up, what I want students and parents to be able to access in that space and how accessible it is to anyone entering it. I went into my classroom last week and grumbled to myself quietly as …

My Battle Cry: Keep Them Alive…

Some teacher friends and I have been on Facebook the last few days reflecting on our summer break and our children out there.  The topic eventually turned to those children who won't be in classes this year.  Those children are dead. In urban settings as well as suburban and rural settings all across this country, …