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  • Why Should We Care About Virtual Education?

    on Oct 22, 14 • in Featured, Technology • with Comments


    The world of education is changing. Sounds cliché, but it is true. I am seeing that with my own eyes as I have watched my short 7-8 year career evolve from teaching in a traditional classroom with limited technology to now teaching through a virtual classroom. It is this changing world that has me fascinated with what the future of technology could be. Virtual education is something that is growing and changing education for better or worse. From flipped classrooms to fully online schools, this is a burgeoning field of education that needs to be

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  • Going Against the Flow: Student Self Worth

    on Oct 21, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments

    Young Student Ready To Study

    I view my ‘job’ as an educator as so much more than just focusing on academics. So many times I act as nurse, counselor, mother and friend first, then teacher. Some of the most important skills that children will take with them through life extend far past reading, writing and arithmetic. I had the opportunity last Friday to help a student realize the power of a skill that has been instilled in him for the past several years: the skill of standing up for himself and letting another student know that he wasn’t going to

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  • How to Apply for a DonorsChoose Grant (And Why You Should)

    on Oct 17, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Special Education • with Comments


    Less than two months ago, I applied for a grant at out of pure desperation. I needed supplies for my classroom and I didn’t see any other way that would happen with the current budget crisis in effect. Where I’m at, the special education budget has hit on all-time low, so our resources are actually lower than those of anyone else in the school system. Technology, learning tools, and anything else I could request, I would have to get from my school, not from my special education department, and the budget only stretches so

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  • Wiggles, Giggles and Learning

    on Oct 14, 14 • in Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments


    The volume level in my classroom is not normal. And by that I mean it’s not silent. Or quiet. Or even remotely close to whispering. My classroom is noisy, busy and sometimes a bit chaotic. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now don’t get me wrong. We do quiet down, and even go silent at appropriate times, like when assignments have been handed out, tests are being given and when we are reading. But my busy bodies of six-and seven-year-olds get to wiggle, giggle and visit to their heart’s content during other times,

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  • Teaching Columbus and the Truth of History

    on Oct 13, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies • with Comments


    Once again, Columbus Day has rolled around and teachers, especially History teachers, have an opportunity to set the record straight. A great article by TER’s Mike Dunn today talks about how to teach Columbus and is rich with ideas and resources. I am writing today not about how to teach it, but why it is important that we teachers be at the forefront of telling the truth of history. You have probably seen the news the last few weeks about the Colorado Board of Education and its attempts to “exceptionalize” AP US History and other history

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