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: 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…

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…

#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…

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…

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…

Adventures in Google Classroomland: Experiments in Blogging

Last year, when students completed presentations and other media rich projects for the weather project, they just sent them to me and I posted them on our Blogger site.  This year, I want the students to post to the blog themselves.  Taking ownership of the blog should be their responsibility and in doing so, I…