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  • Summer Reading Challenge, Read More Than Books

    on Jul 6, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

    summerreading

    Change that paradigm!  Reading should not be books alone. Summer reading time is my true professional development, experimenting with genres and digital literacy tools set aside during the busier terms of the year. I organize my reading hours similar to the organization of my running workouts. Workouts are separated into distance, easy, tempo, interval, and races while reading is organized into pleasure, professional, informative, and experimental.  Without this, I tend to spend too many hours of a family vacation working on my profession. Read for pleasure– I use summer to catch up on experiences that pass me by during the

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  • Bus Fare – The View from ISTE2015

    on Jul 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Policy, Technology • with Comments

    Best Buy's ad space at ISTE2015

    In the day- and-a-half I have spent at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia, I have come to a troubling, but inescapable, conclusion: Money Is An Issue. This is not news to anyone in education. In fact, it is such an obvious conclusion that any reader who has spent a day in a classroom might be saying, “Yeah? And?” Fair enough. But there is education money, and there is the amount of money that is at stake at ISTE 2015. Every space, surface, consumable, and activity at ISTE’s conference is

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  • 30 Ways You Know You Are a Teacher

    on Jul 2, 15 • in Featured • with Comments

    smilingteacher

    I felt we needed something a little light-hearted this week. We are almost in July, can you believe it? Enjoy the rest of your summer, you will be back to experiencing these things soon. You know you are a teacher… 1. When the pack of pens you placed in your cup (that says Best Teacher in the World) have been replaced by one broken pencil. 2. When a student proudly declares, “I straightened up your room for you while you were gone!” and you are horrified and cannot find anything. 3. When the snack machine

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  • A Year of Third-Grade Activism

    on Jul 1, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, social justice • with Comments

    courtesy gpaeanews.wordpress.com

    My sixth year of teaching is behind me now, and like every year, I’m thinking about what to celebrate and where I need to grow next year. Each day I come home from teaching, reflecting on what went well and what I could have done better. But looking back at a whole school year takes time and space for the big takeaways to come into focus. No matter what I glean from this year though, I will always remember it as the year my third graders set out to change the world. I’ve always considered myself a

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  • Consistency and Organization Are Essential for Good Schools

    on Jul 1, 15 • in Featured, Policy • with Comments

    urban schools

    Every time I hear “experts” talk about finding the next great thing to improve education I want to scream. Why are we trying to reinvent the wheel? Why don’t we use successful models to help struggling schools and districts? I am going to share with you what was a successful urban middle school as well as a successful suburban school district as examples of why consistency and organization are essential if we want good schools for all children. I taught in what was for many years a very successful urban middle school. I taught at

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