In teaching relationships matter. We always focus on the relationships between teachers and students---how to build them, maintain them, and their importance to create community. However in my eight years of teaching I have grown more as a person and an educator from my relationships with my fellow teachers. So I had this idea....what if … Continue reading Relationships Matter.
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision." -Andrew Carnegie The Great Plains Google Summit is a yearly retreat for all things "Google" in the state of Nebraska. Each year amazing presenters are curated from across the United States to come share their knowledge and talents. What I am always astounded with … Continue reading Great Plains Google Summit- Ideas and Tools to Start the School Year Right
In today's powerful keynote Jennie Magiera (@MsMagiera) called on all educators to share their inner selves and the untold stories of our students, struggles, and successes. The big take away? Tell your story and, more importantly, make your classroom into a launchpad for students to take ownership of their own stories and share them globally. … Continue reading ISTE Day 4 Reflection, Ideas: Give students a launchpad not just a platform.
Today I had the amazing opportunity to be a fan girl for George Couros's presentation on transitioning from teaching digital citizenship to digital leadership. Instead of warning, cautioning, and bubble wrapping our students before letting them use social media or web 2.0 tools, we need to teach them how to make a positive digital footprint. There … Continue reading ISTE Day 3 Reflection, Ideas: 12 Tools That I’m Taking Home
Today was the first official day of ISTE 2017 complete with an amazing keynote speaker, Jad Abumrad (@jadabumrad). My podcast loving heart was bursting to meet the creator of one of my favorite podcasts, More Perfect. While Jad spoke I couldn't help but notice the amount of joy that he takes from his work, … Continue reading ISTE 2017 Day 2 Reflection, Ideas: “What you learned without joy, you forget without sorrow.”
So I had this idea... to go to ISTE 2017 in San Antonio. While the conference technically doesn't start until tomorrow my husband and I drove down a day early to attend an un-conference, Hack Education, lead by Steve Hargadon (@stevehargadon). Big Idea from Day #1: How can we help cultivate a growth mindset for … Continue reading ISTE 2017 Day 1 Reflection, Ideas: Cultivating a growth mindset in your school community
I'll admit that the hardest part of lesson implementation for me is the dreaded wrap-up, concluding event, exit ticket. What ever you want to call it, I suck at it. Period. While I have dreams of grandeur, inevitably, I find myself shouting down the hall reminders about homework instead of using the carefully crafted … Continue reading Digital Exit Tickets with Flipgrid
So I had this idea.... In my classroom each year I had the students take a survey to help me become a better teacher. I wanted to know the activities that they enjoyed, what they learned from, and what I could improve upon with the upcoming year. Each year I looked forward to the students' … Continue reading End of the Year Library Survey with Materials to Use in Your Own Classroom
"It is estimated that the "Summer Slide" accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle and upper income peers." -"Why Summer Matters in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap", Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen So I had this idea... What could I do to enhance and promote … Continue reading Combating the Summer Slide with Summer Reading Promotion
So I had this idea... Drama by Raina Telgmeier follows the story of Callie, a middle school student who has found her niche in the drama program. Callie, during the course of the production works hard to create a stellar set, while trying to make sense of her feeling towards two possible love interests. Raina … Continue reading Review and Classroom Applications for Drama by Raina Telgemeier