Learning a New Thing(link)

I was at a technology conference recently and one of my favorite take aways from the day was ThingLink. This is a site that lets you make an image interactive. Students could use this to create an idea board, as a way to collect research, or even for a new way to present their own... Continue Reading →

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The TED Talk That We Should All See

I like to listen to TED talks while I make & eat breakfast (it's summer...). It's one of the only times of day that my littles are quietly occupied and I can actually hear myself think. This morning, I saw "My Son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story."  pop up on my feed. I... Continue Reading →

Shootings Are Not (just) a School Problem

A thought occurred to me tonight as I was driving home listening to one station describe the situation in Santa Fe, TX and another completely ignore it (which I think says something in itself...). Is the fact that these shootings often happen in public schools holding us back from any real progress? Teachers around the... Continue Reading →

How to Engage & Frustrate Your Students

Have you tried out the Checks Lab from Understanding Evolution? This is an activity that I have been using for several years now. It's one of my favorites! And this picture shows why: Students are hooked pretty much from the get go. They find it interesting, a little taboo (it involves possible drug rehab and... Continue Reading →

I Refuse to Be An Armed Teacher

I have been getting asked more and more whether or not I, as a teacher, would be willing to have a gun (either on me or locked in my classroom) in case of a shooting at school. But this has gone beyond people here and there asking what I think. Recently several politicians (you know... Continue Reading →

If You Want To Know, Just Ask!

Who doesn't love creating/giving/evaluating a good pre-assessment? Not this teacher. But we all know we need to know a baseline for our students. We can assume what our students know about a unit. We can have an idea what they should know based on vertical alignment and what was taught (hopefully)  in previous grades. But let's... Continue Reading →

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