Great Plains Google Summit- Ideas and Tools to Start the School Year Right

"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

ISTE Day 4 Reflection, Ideas: Give students a launchpad not just a platform.

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.

ISTE Day 3 Reflection, Ideas: 12 Tools That I’m Taking Home

Today I had the amazing opportunity to be a fan girl for George Couros's presentation on┬átransitioning 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

ISTE 2017 Day 2 Reflection, Ideas: “What you learned without joy, you forget without sorrow.”

Today was the first official day of ISTE 2017 complete with an amazing keynote speaker, Jad Abumrad (@jadabumrad). My podcast┬áloving 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.”

ISTE 2017 Day 1 Reflection, Ideas: Cultivating a growth mindset in your school community

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

End of the Year Library Survey with Materials to Use in Your Own Classroom

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

Combating the Summer Slide with Summer Reading Promotion

"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

Review and Classroom Applications for Drama by Raina Telgemeier

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

Classroom Applications for “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

So I had this idea... I recently read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Thomas does an amazing job of tackling the hardest current events and social issues in America. I would recommend that this book be used at a high school level (9th-12 grade) in a social studies class to promote broad-thinking and … Continue reading Classroom Applications for “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas