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There once was a teacher who always tried to find that balance between a house clean enough to live in and a classroom organized enough to learn in. She didn’t believe in teaching from the textbook. She believed the world was the textbook. Every year, when pacing guides would be created, page numbers detailed, and basal reading stories required, she cringed. It all reminded her of school as she knew it. Mundane routine and filling things out for gold stars. Goals? They were supposed to be real. Authentic. Character. Growth through struggle, not completion.  Questions so big there weren’t answers....

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At The Edge of Passion

That place in your head. It’s that place where it always feels a little insane, a little impossible, a little overpowering, yet you are completely unable to ignore it. It’s like a little boat on the top of a powerful wave. It’s teetering there… yet enjoying the ride. The things that keep you awake at night are the same things that get you out of bed in the morning. That place in your head. The excitement can energize you and the intensity can leave you exhausted. It’s passion. And it’s not waiting for an invitation, a reason, or permission. It’s...

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Google Drive Can Save You… and Your IPad Work

Yes, I’m still excited about going to Google Teacher Academy in just a few weeks. But while I wait for the learning ahead,  I’m totally excited about working in a Google Apps for Education School.  Why?  Because. Google is awesome.  It’s like the convenient mart on the long road trip.  Everything you need is right there.  Well, okay, you can’t store chocolate in Google Drive… but maybe one day. So, as long as I’ve loved iPads, I’ve also been aware of the challenges of providing students an easy way to share their work.  I’ve been searching the Earth for the...

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Let’s Chat About Project Based Learning

Everytime I think about the best learning experiences that have happened within the four walls of my classroom, or within a hands-on experience at the school, there is always something they have in common.  They are real.  Those moments when kids are thinking, digging deeping, reaching new levels of thinking.  You listen as you watch them climb ladders of thought on each others questions. You ask questions you don’t know the answers to and you willingly learn from your kids.  It’s the best kind of learning.  The real learning.   And Project Based Learning? It gets us there, in an...