#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…

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…

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…

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…

#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…