No one enjoys being in hospitals. I almost wanted to scrap the idea of comparing the experience with that of education. Almost. I did a lot of watching, listening and experiencing things this summer as I spent time with my dad, who was in and out of multiple hospitals. I learned some things that I … More Lessons Learned in Hospitals
Update 6 years later: The following post was given to my sixth grade students as their assignment and as a mentor text. Student blogging was new at the time. This is one of the defining moments of my teaching career for multiple reasons. I will never forget the student who never turned anything in … More Igniting the Passion to Learn
One of my favorite resources as a teacher and as a mom is Common Sense Media. I started using it years ago to learn more about movies and video games for my own children. They give straightforward information about why a movie or game has a particular rating and what is in the movie that … More Digital Parenting
As we begin a new calendar year and a new semester of school, one of my professional goals is to get better at sharing what my students are doing in the classroom. I am an advocate for teacher and student reflection in the learning process, yet I struggle with getting into the habit of making … More Changing the World,One 5th Grader At A Time
At the beginning of the year, I came up with my one word. If you are not familiar with it, the concept is to choose one word to reflect on for the year instead of a list of “set yourself up for failure” resolutions. Since then, I have been struggling with the word I chose. … More When you don’t know what to do – Reset
Where is the turn in a child’s education that causes the light to dim? Is it developmental? A response to irrelevant teaching? Or something altogether cultural? It happened in my life. I was always a curious child, asking why to no end, reading encyclopedias at home for fun, writing ideas for books, and devouring logic problems and … More Who turned the light off?
As I coach, collaborate and consult with teachers in how to use technology to impact learning, I am always aware of the time constraints that teachers face. So when I saw this idea from Shannon Miller, I reworked it and created a design in Canva and then uploaded it to Thinglink to make it interactive … More Quick & Easy EdTech Ideas for Christmas
Guiding statements for technology in a Christian school: In all things and in all spaces, we are to glorify God first and foremost. We must model and teach students good digital citizenship and wisdom in online spaces. Technology should enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate. In order for our students to be technically … More Guiding Statements