Aug
11
2014
4

What is the Purpose of School?: Understanding Purpose Helps with Student Motivation (updated)

I start my school year with a little blog post about what students think school is all about.  It begins a year-long conversation about purpose that I then refer to throughout the school year.  "What is the purpose of the ...
Jul
25
2014
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Organizing Google Drive For Your New School Year

I have drunk the Google Drive Kool-Aid.  I used it daily last year, and I am now a convert.  However, as a result of my recent condition that I’m calling Googlenthusiasm, my inbox and Drive are now ready for a ...
Jul
22
2014
4

Having Any Nightmares About the Start of School Yet?

I posted the following on Facebook earlier today and got such a fun response, I just had to put it out there in a bigger way:   Had my first start-of-year-stress-dream last night. My collaborative tables had been replaced with rows of ...
Jun
09
2014
3

So You Think You Can Dance + Math = STEAM

I just wanted to share a quick classroom resource today that I stumbled on in my TiVO feed. I admit it, I'm a So You Think You Can Dance geek.  It's always been a great show in terms of modeling reflection ...
Mar
16
2014
2

Big ‘Ol List of CUE Resources

Hey all!  For those who saw me present at CUE in Palm Springs, here is the list of many of the resources I mentioned in my presentation, "From Pencils to Paperless: Developing a Blended Environment for Teens."  You may have ...
Feb
02
2014
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Let’s Talk About Speech, Baby: Speech & Debate and the Common Core

Besides being a Language Arts teacher, I am also a Speech and Debate coach.  I haven’t written about it too much, not for any reason other than I spend a lot of time geeking out over curriculum design in teaching ...
Dec
23
2013
1

What do Jeff Wilhelm and Ashton Kutcher Have in Common? : Teaching for Character

Earlier this December, I attended the UCI Writing Project annual conference.  Every year, this conference douses a teacher in strategies to teach writing and literacy, and every year I come away with valuable methods and implementation goals.  This year, the ...
Dec
12
2013
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Tips on Embedding Evidence: Writing with Numeracy

As we journey deeper into the world of Common Core, the need for factual evidence rather than emotional opinion becomes more and more vital.  So that got me thinking in a more targeted way: as an ELA teacher, what are ...
Oct
30
2013
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Tween Brains, Part III: How to Work It Out In The Classroom

 In part 1 and part 2 of my series on the tween brain, I covered why teachers need to become brain hobbiests and some key terms when learning about the brain.  In this final post on the tween’s crazy cranium, ...
Sep
13
2013
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Going Paperless: The Digital Binder

I wanted to share a bit of what I'm doing in my various classrooms as a means to go paperless.  To me, the need to go paperless is about two things: 1. The reams of paper that are used in any ...

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