How Should We Do This?

Today after school, a colleague, one of my favorite people at school, asked me for help. She wanted to push out a Google Slides presentation through Google Classroom that students would work on as a shared slide deck. Having given her the idea for the assignment, she wanted me to show her how to do…

Student Blogging: A Win For Writing

This is a long overdue post, but I was reluctant to write until I felt I had some prize winning strategy to share with others. But it really isn’t about that, is it? The goal in keeping this blog is to practice the art of writing, to reflect on my teaching and learning, and to…

The New Normal

  I love the classroom and I really love my classroom. I started building this room in 1999. The year of Y2K. I started teaching a Computer Applications class with like 10 computers and I had to devise a way to group and rotate my students until I got a computer for every student. This…

On Acceptable Use Policies

There’s been an ongoing conversation over the last couple of years between my colleagues and myself concerning our district AUP and the need to acquire our own parental permission for using particular educational resources like Edmodo, CodeHS or Khan Academy. Ms_Woz has been planning to use student blogs this school year as well as a…

A Peek Into His Day

I’ve always tried to keep parents updated on what is going on in my class each year. I’ve done a weekly email, a classroom blog, a website, but I never truly felt anyone ever looked at it. So I gave up on it. Too much work. This year, I decided to forgo it and used…

Reading Recovery…

My son Al, 11, is a reader, and I remember the exact moment he became one. Years ago, he saw a trailer for one of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies and wanted to see it. When I told him he could only see it if he read the books by Jeff Kinney, he agreed. He…

#DEISimi

I’ve spent the last two days at our districts Digital Educators Institute. As our district is going one to one next year, teachers were required to attend what some teachers including myself had referred to as “Chromebook Training” in order to get our Chrome carts. At first this bothered many teachers I knew.  We had to go…

Who is doing the work?

I had and experience tonight that really impressed me as a parent and reminded me of what is truly important as a teacher. I attended the Country Fair Night at my son’s elementary school.  Students in his class and another fifth grade class were broken up in groups of three and researched a region of…

Reflecting on my own leadership

One of my favorite TOSAs, @coriorlando1 from Leading in Limbo recently wrote a blog post about what she has learned about being a leader in her two years as my district’s ELA TOSA.  She created a list that I’ve been reading over and over again since she posted it.  Although I am not a school…

Google Photos

  OMG. The coolest new thing I learned is Google Photos and the amazing things it does. It’s smarter than I am. Thank you yet again Google. I was immediately sold on just the basics offered by Google Photos. It will automatically sync your photos from various devices: your phone, tablet, PC, and laptop. All…

Where do good ideas come from? Part 2

I hate feeling alone. I hate not knowing if  how I’m teaching something is the best way to teach it.  There are millions of things you can present to students and it’s always my goal to do the best I can with what I have to work with. But what if that’s very little?  Being…

Exercising during the workday

@Ms_Woz suggested that the subject of my first post should be on exercise. What does that have to do with teaching, tech or literacy? Maybe it is off topic, or maybe it is something more foundational and informs every topic. After all, without your health, you really don’t have anything. I want to talk about…