25 Feb 2014
    Today in class, I heard a student turn to another and exclaim, “Wait a minute...This is going to be on YouTube?!” He then grabbed a piece of paper, pencil, and textbook and moved to a secluded part of the classroom to begin his research. He scoured the text looking for examples, quotes, and any little fact that might help him perform in the short documentary my students are making about the U.S.-Dakota War. He asked for my assistance on two different occasions, asking insightful questions about how the wealthy traders treated the Dakota. Prior to his determined efforts,…
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07 Feb 2014
    How creative can 1 teacher with 1 iPad be?  Check out this out-of-the gate project by Sara Connell, 1st grade teacher at Sun Path Elementary.  After being awarded a grant, she purchased an iPad and a green screen, and let the creativity take over! Her kids have been researching a country that has participants in the Winter Olympics.  They each worked on a sheet with questions about their country with their parents at home.  Sara decided that she was going to record their presentations with the iPad while they were standing in front of the green screen.  She…
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03 Feb 2014
Recall the very best professional conference you’ve ever been to as an educator.  Was it perhaps one in which many of your other professional development experiences are measured against? What was it that made that conference something that was memorable and engaging for you?      I’m going to take a guess and suggest three qualities that made that experience a defining point in your professional career:   1.  It was directly applicable to what you’re doing NOW. 2.  It was geared specifically to your area of interest and expertise. 3.  It encouraged and valued YOUR participation, and at YOUR…
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29 Jan 2014
Being an adoptive parent, there are many moments of “new learning”, both when your kids come into your home, as well as parenting them through toddler, child, tween and teen.  In fact being a parent also of two step-children entering adulthood, I’d argue the learning never stops.  They give you ample moments of an “ah-ha” awareness that gift your teaching in some capacity. One of my most memorable moments, though, came after my kids were home a year or two, and I was struggling to write a follow up adoption report that could significantly portray to their mother that I…
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