#Intentional: Education is NOT a Competition

It´s testing season.  Those who follow this blog with any amount of regularity (its ok, I don´t follow it with any real regularity either) know, I HATE testing season.  All focus regarding LEARNING is out the door and the universe as we know it becomes this ¨prepare them¨ center of zombie-like insanity. Case #1:  My…

#Intentional: School is Boring.

At the invitation of a brilliant student that attends my school, I attended a very interesting gathering last week.  Technori is a group of technology entrepreneurs in the Chicago area who network monthly by having a mini “elevator pitch” for up and comers in the business.  This particular meeting was a homage to Black History…

#Intentional: Science Inquiry – Sneaking up on Evolution

I live in Indiana. Here in the great (former) state of Pence, the word “evolution” is tantamount to cursing. Our science book doesn’t even call the chapter on evolution,”Evolution”, it calls it “Change Over Time”.  With that in mind, I have started teaching EVOLUTION to my 8th graders. We’re currently getting the dull stuff out…

#Intentional: The State of Public Education

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately.  New Secretary of Education who probably knows as much about public education as a 2 year old, my annual state testing irritation, and just feeling a bit antsy in general about life, the universe, and everything.  When is Spring Break again?  I’m so ready! So, I…

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…