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Imagine if kids were robots…

If kids were robots, we’d plan our lessons, pass out booklets and pencils, grade, and repeat. Collect. Repeat. Collect. Repeat.  Can you picture those neat little rows  of robots writing answers, reading text books, and repeating?   We would know they were learning because of answers they bubbled-in on the yearly assessments.  Some might even get awards for being a “Super-Bubbler!”   The government could even track the information that was being stored.   It would run similar to a car assembly line, like a “fact-production line.” It would be an efficient, one-size-fits-all education of kids advancing through numbered sections of a school....

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BEEP…. we interrupt this blog for an announcment….

This week I am excited to be at the Missouri Gifted Association Conference.  I am including all of my presentation links right here!  It’s gifted… technology… and space science…. MY FAVORITE TOPICS! Social Media to Advocate, Collaborate, and Connect in Gifted Education: http://www.teachfactory.com/socialmedia/  Come and see how social media will help you build an amazing network in gifted education.  We are often the only, or one of a few, gifted education teachers in a school or district.  Networking can help! Come and see how technology can improve your school’s gifted program and be a useful tool for you. Conversations &...

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Remembering Today & Everyday

The  young students I now teach were not even born when the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States occurred.  The majority of my students have never been to New York.  Most of them know few details about how the events unfolded that September morning.  It made me realize that the photos to them are now as hard to comprehend as photos I have seen of events such as the Vietnam War.  A black and white image, on the page of a book, somehow seems like something that just ‘happened’.  It is hard to connect with a photo in...