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Failing on an Island

Failing on an Island

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or our RSS feed. We also are each on Twitter (see sidebar on right). Thanks for visiting!  Failure in education is a pretty common topic. Whether it’s a negative connotation: failing…

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#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… that semester/trimester tests are preparing students for college exams. that students’ homework is not complete and of poor quality because students are lazy or don’t understand the concept. that the best way for students to…

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Challenge: We Have to Stop Pretending

Challenge: We Have to Stop Pretending

Tagged by my dear friend, Shaelynn Farnsworth, who was tagged by Beth Still, who took Scott McLeod’s challenge, which asked educators to create a top 5 list of things to “Stop Pretending” (in education) I offer my response: 1. Choosing the one right answer equals understanding. 2….

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Challenge: 4 Variations of the Same #nationalpoetrymonth

Challenge: 4 Variations of the Same #nationalpoetrymonth

Processing through poetry provides insight. Poetry breaks rules. My thoughts can run into one another as people do in a crowded shopping center. My sentences can really be phrases joined by dashes and what ifs and conjunctions and semicolons and…Words are not confined by subject…

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Classroom…

Classroom…

  classroom by eolsonteacher on Polyvore

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My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

Last week, I was fortunate to be one of the speakers at Newell-Fonda’s annual event: My Future, My Career Responsibility. Educators, Mrs. Nieland (@nieland10) and Mrs. Carlson (@glccac97) created the day to be “more than a typical career day or college fair…to discover information and…

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Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Last week I wrote a post on my own blog about what it means to live your legacy. After publishing the initial post, I decided to go out and find students who are doing just that. So for my first interview, I’d love for you…

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The Enemy of Excellence in Education

The Enemy of Excellence in Education

Back in January John O’Sullivan wrote a post called “The Enemy of Excellence in Youth Sports” – and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. The number of quotes I want to share from his post would be borderline plagiarism, so please, PLEASE, go read the post….

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What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

Too often a misunderstanding or a fear breeds an untruth. Too often all that is sensational sells as gold when really it is nothing more than a cheaply painted metal ring about to leave its green mark on our finger. It is easy to accept…

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Suppressed

Suppressed

How many of us have students like this in our classrooms? …but in our classrooms student excitement, creativity, engagement, deeper thinking, and joy are suppressed by classroom structures such as: teaching to the test, using cookbook science activities, allowing suppressive schedules limiting divergent thinking. All…

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VOXER for capturing the learning process

VOXER for capturing the learning process

If we’ve chatted recently, you probably know that I’m pretty much obsessed with Voxer. In fact, I even find myself getting annoyed with people that I have to send text messages to, because I’d much rather just Vox them. If you are unfamiliar with Voxer,…

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Who will tell your story?

Who will tell your story?

Each week I get the opportunity to work with children as they try to make a difference in the world. Each week I get to experience amazing stories, first hand. In Laura Seiser’s 2nd grade class students are working on writing and illustrating their “dreams for the…

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Sharing More of the Awesome

Sharing More of the Awesome

Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but what is wrong. After Leslie Pralle Keehn and I attended our first Google Summit, we were inspired to capture stories of innovation and inspiration. In the spirit of that quest and the…

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole

A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Isn’t this the type of problem with which we should engage students?  YES!! I love this scene from Apollo 13 and not just because I’ve always had a thing for space exploration, whether human or Wookie.  However, when I view it now I recognize the richness…

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Why would students feel valued at school?

Why would students feel valued at school?

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are…

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Poetics, Apps Gone Free

Poetics, Apps Gone Free

I write poetry daily. In fact, several of my posts on this blog were written in poetic form. Thanks to @appsgonefree (this is both a website and app),  I recently added #poetics to the numerous avenues I choose to create. Daily, @appsgonefree delivers a list of iPhone…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Stop Eating Cheeseburgers

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Stop Eating Cheeseburgers

Guest post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking So, let’s talk about change. People say that education is always changing, but I say that it’s not. I say that we (thinking of the SAMR model) substitute one thing for another…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Education Reform (Part 2)

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Education Reform (Part 2)

Guest Post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking So, I posted How To Fix Education a few weeks ago. It was revolutionary (if you didn’t read that with the appropriate amount of sarcasm, please read it again with much more…

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A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily

A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily

As part of my never-ending quest to help school administrators with the complex transitions and transformations that accompany digital learning tools and environments, I am unveiling a new resource today… Digital Leadership Daily. One digital school leadership reading or resource per day, tweeted, texted to…

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Sharing the Awesome

Sharing the Awesome

Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but what is wrong. After Leslie Pralle Keehn and I attended our first Google Summit, we were inspired to capture stories of innovation and inspiration. In the spirit of that quest and the…

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