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More Than A “Little Bit” Inspired

The Maker Movement makes me happy. To me, it’s the culmination of everything learning is about. And when this little package arrived on our doorstep?  The possibilities of what we could make were endless. I would like to say that this was my project, but my daughter, and 11 year old maker in training, was the mastermind behind our collaboration.  We started off our fun with Little Bits by opening the Base Kit package.  I will warn you, I was more than a “Little Bit” inspired… Literally, in 30 seconds you can power up something that does something.  It’s about thinking beyond the basics....

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The Sweet Part of Success

Success. It’s something we all hope our kids get a taste of. It’s great to see them celebrate.  We sometimes hope so much that we make success easy for them. We over-guide. We help clear the path to make it happen. Because we love them. We are supposed to be there for them. We’re supporting. Too much. But sometimes really being there for them? It requires us to step back. We have to watch while they stumble. We have to listen while they struggle. We have to ask the hard questions that turn the gears in their minds and cause...

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Because School Should Be Exciting… Like the Ultimate Theme Park

School should be one of the most exciting places in the world for a child. the wonder of new experiences. the joys of success. the struggle of the journey. the exhaustion of pushing yourself to do it all. living The ups and downs of a wild roller coaster ride. hang on tight, prepare, then throw your hands in the air and embrace that feeling of letting go. reaching for dreams like the tallest ferris wheel touching clouds. a great classroom is a theme park with the ultimate guide that keeps you thinking. curious. dreaming big. doing hard things. fasten your...

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I Was Just a Girl In a Dial Up World

When I think of when I first started teaching, my website was a static page, with way too many .gifs and that annoying midi music that blared out when the page loaded. The page was more of a bulletin board that rarely changed and didn’t contain a lot of photos. The only “interactive” piece what a button to send me an email. I was sooooooo innnovative. I taught in a dial up world. At home? That page took almost an entire day to load – because hey, I’ve always loved my graphics. None of my students had access to smartphones,...