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Don’t Just Think Outside the Box, Recreate It

I’m obssessed with making. 3d printing. Gadgets. Tools. Sparkly electronics. Building. Creating. All of it.  But, beyond that?  I want it to mean something.  I refuse to be a part of empty experiences about stuff.  Because when I was a student in school?  Empty experiences about stuff were the norm.  I refuse to teach, or learn, that way ever again. So, I am even more enamored by the connection behind it all.  The story. The learning.  That’s why when I saw this project, I gave it a standing ovation in my living room, and my dog stared at me. I’m not...

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The Intersection Where Purpose Exists

As a kid, I lived for the days I got to go to “Special Art” where we could paint and draw and sculpt in clay.  I lived for that time to go sketch.  I’d sketch on my papers while I daydreamed, and I’d be asked to recopy that work. It was too messy, according to the requirements.  My room was always messy and I was always creating things at home. I loved any chance to create, but the chances were few and far between in school.  Worksheets bored me. A lot. As a college student, majoring in pre-med, I loved...

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Jump

When is the last time you jumped? You know, all in?  When is the last time you approached something, whether it be learning something new, creating something, or even doing something with your students?  You know, in the kind of way where you get that nervous feeling that makes your stomach knot up a little, but also makes your brain race because of the excitement of trying something new? These are the kind of leaps our kids need. They need to BRAINSTORM freely. They need the guidance to form their IDEAS into actions. They need the support to develop their thoughts...

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Going to Google

I just went through the list of folks heading to Google Teacher Academy in Austin, and realized that I’m going to be learning from these people..with these people… and meet these people.  Feeling a sense of luck, excitement, and geek-out learning joy that only a trip to Google can inspire.  This was my third time applying to Google Teacher Academy, and finally, on the third try, I got the email that said it all…. I was going. I am going.  For me, Google has always been about creativity.  The workspaces. The colorful chairs. The bold colored bikes. The great Google...