Going Back to 7th Grade…#shadowastudentchallenge

I am not sure many know how deeply I love working on a middle school campus. This passion for investing in middle schoolers comes from a less positive place in my own life. When I was the age of today’s middle schoolers it was not a time that would be categorized as “fond memories.” InContinue reading “Going Back to 7th Grade…#shadowastudentchallenge”

Ways to #pumpitup Now and All Year

Over the past two weeks I have had the distinct privilege of hearing keynote presentations from George Couros, Michael Wesch, Dave Burgess and Travis Allen. In every message the ideas of wonder, risk-taking, relationship building and passion. As we embrace the beginning of another cycle of instruction we have the unique opportunity to reflect, re-frameContinue reading “Ways to #pumpitup Now and All Year”

Learning Is “Egg”cellent Even for the “Egg”spert

For the past few springs in our district our Elementary Science Coordinator @tkmotley attempts to provide every elementary classroom K-5 a “live animal” for the life science curriculum. In first grade this means “chicks.” Yes, the furry, yellow, cheeping kind. However, the “chicks” don’t come chirping. Our students, district-wide, get the thrill of waiting 21Continue reading “Learning Is “Egg”cellent Even for the “Egg”spert”

A Quarterly Review: Progress, Process and Persistence

It has been 3 months since I posted my New Year’s post #beUncommon. We all set goals, but what makes those goals achievable is revisiting them and assessing if we are making progress to meet them, what is the process we are utilizing to work toward those goals and what level of commitment… in manyContinue reading “A Quarterly Review: Progress, Process and Persistence”

#TCEA15 Reflections: Pedagogy & Heart

This was my second year to attend #TCEA15 (Texas Computer Education Association) Convention and Expo. Often I found myself wanting to attend multiple sessions at the same time or being torn between spending time having incredible face to face conversations and making the next session. I can’t say I solved my dilemma, but I wasContinue reading “#TCEA15 Reflections: Pedagogy & Heart”

Redefining Homework Through an At”TACKK” Strategy

Recently my son was assigned a Science homework assignment. He was sent home a ‘fold-over’ booklet where he was instructed to record the high/low temperature, wind speed and precipitation every day for 5 consecutive days.  Students were encouraged to go “beyond the assignment.” When I received the parent email communicating the task, I immediately knewContinue reading “Redefining Homework Through an At”TACKK” Strategy”

10 Ways to Assess Learning Through Technology

Educators are constantly looking for ways to check for prior knowledge and understanding of content facilitated in the classroom. Constructivist learning environments require ongoing quick assessments to ensure that there is a progression of learning and mastery of content. Well crafted worship model designed lessons, purposefully planned guiding questions and learning targets that students utilizeContinue reading “10 Ways to Assess Learning Through Technology”

#BeUncommon in 2015

The year of 2014 has been a year of tremendous growth for me as an educator and personally. As I began to consider my first blog post of 2015 already a week ago, I struggled for words. When you are in a state of continuous improvement and growth, resolutions seem a bit unnecessary. I didn’tContinue reading “#BeUncommon in 2015”

Why is Organizing Our Thinking Important?

I am the main organizer of our district instructional technology Twitter chat #nisdNOV8.  This fall we made a purposeful move into a series approach to our chats.  In November we focused on #voiceNchoice for a 3 part series. In December we focused on the concept of “Organizing Our Thinking” for 3 of our chats. TheContinue reading “Why is Organizing Our Thinking Important?”

Learning is Fun… This Time of Year!

This time of year, you walk on any campus in my district and you will see holiday decorations everywhere, holiday goodies in the lounge (hot chocolate bars being my favorite), and a general sense of good will. To describe what it is like to be in a school this time of year, it is FUN.Continue reading “Learning is Fun… This Time of Year!”

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