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I Love My School: 10 Things to Celebrate- #celebratelu

What are you celebrating today? Thanks to Ruth Ayers for the Celebrate Link Up.

Discover. Play. Build.
As I reflect on the first week of school, I look past the anxieties to focus on the joys.
Can I celebrate coffee?
Can I celebrate coffee?

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Old-School Teaching Ritual #SOL15

There is a certain comfort that comes with routine.

I am a pretty tech-savvy teacher. I mean, I have my own blog, after all. Over the past couple of years I have gained a reputation as someone people can come to for tech support with all sorts of programs. I was an early user when my school adopted Office365 as our “approved” cloud, I have actively maintained a class website, and last school year my students and I embarked on a video project that took up almost all of fourth quarter. So far this school year, I have been typing away on my tablet (it has an attachable keyboard) at every PD and meeting, usually updating my various OneNote binders.

So it might come as a surprise that I am one off the few people who still actively uses one of these lesson planners:

"Modern" is ironic, I think...
“Modern” is ironic, I think…

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Navigating the Tabs: A “Don’t Panic!” Reminder for Teachers

Although I typically try to keep all images posted on my blog self-made, I could NOT get this meme out of my head today:

Since today was the first day of school-based professional development (my district gives us eight work days before the school year officially kicks off), I have successfully navigated the following tabs: [TL:DR Summary: a ton of stuff.
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Using Goodreads.com in the Classroom

Digital Learning Sunday Linkup with Reflections on the Teche
Digital Learning Sunday Linkup with Reflections on the Teche

I hate reading logs. Seriously. I haven’t had any meaningful success with real students using them. I mean, they’re great in theory: keep track of books and pages read. Some teachers even have parents/guardians sign the reading logs in order to add some extra authenticity to them. But, all I’ve ever faced is frustration. By the time I am asking my teens to fill out their page count for the day, they are packing up to leave or they’re ready to move on to the next thing. Some of them fake numbers for fear that they are disappointing me (they’re not–for some students, just getting through a few pages is an accomplishment) and some just flatly refuse because they don’t see an authentic connection to anything in their lives, academic or otherwise.

Enter Goodreads (available online, apps for Apple and Android devices) 

Goodreads Book View
Goodreads Book View

I wanted to find a way to do reading logs that would reflect an authentic reading life. Continue reading “Using Goodreads.com in the Classroom”

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? July 27, 2015

I am feeling the school year creep nearer. All school teachers feel it right now: our thoughts are turning toward lesson plans, while our spirits still want to be hitting the beach. I deal with this dichotomy by reading books, of course! Continue reading “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? July 27, 2015”

Get Your Blog On! (How I learned to stop worrying and write a teacher blog)

blogging with studentsGet Your Blog On!. Michelle Haseltine has an amazing online guide for teachers (or really, anyone) to get started blogging. Great tutorial. Get Your Blog On Workshop

What should we write about?

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