Category: Teaching

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So You ARE Ready to Code After All

Confession: I used to think coding was boring. And confusing. And something I didn’t have time to learn about.  I thought it was all about memorizing numbers, letters, characters.  I remembered my early days of building a classroom website and playing with HTML, tinkering in Flash, and it all left a bad taste in my mouth about coding. Like spoiled milk. But then I woke up. About a year and a half ago, that all started to change.  I took a group of students to a BotBall class, and I realized, some kids are visual learners, some kids are auditory...

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Go

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...