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RECAP Learning in Math Class

RECAP Learning in Math Class

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!  My favorite tool for the 2016-2017 school year has very quickly become Recap (by…

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I’ll Never Be Sorry For Being A Learner

I’ll Never Be Sorry For Being A Learner

Last week I attended the #itecia 2016 conference and it was an unusual/very different experience for me this year. My summer 2016 was crazy. The deadline for presenting at ITEC came and went, and I completely missed it. I felt *so* guilty. I’ve always felt like…

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#KidsDeserveIt

#KidsDeserveIt

This summer I took some time to read Kids Deserve It, and I realized that my learning is always a lot more meaningful when I share it with other people. So this November I’m excited to join a few friends and PLN members in reading…

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Another #ITECIA in the Books

Another #ITECIA in the Books

I am literally 20 minutes removed from another great #itecia conference, and my head is spinning with new possibilities and takeaways. I wanted to jot down the top takeaways, the items that left me with numerous open tabs, before I get back into the whirlwind…

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In Memory of Anna Dewdney

In Memory of Anna Dewdney

My house is mourning a favorite children’s author – Anna Dewdney.  Her Llama Llama books are some of our favorites in our library and when we got word of her passing, we were all very sad.  Her obituary ended with, “She requested that in lieu of…

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Let It Go

Let It Go

I am Meredith: Mother of Cameron & Morgan, Creature Who Carries Purse and She Who Sings Orders…you can imagine that Frozen’s Let It Go has not escaped my house. Rather, it moved in, does not pay rent and does not appear to be leaving. However, these…

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364 Days Ago

364 Days Ago

“You need to start blogging.” These wise words, casually mentioned to me last summer, helped kickstart my documentation of an amazing year that has been filled with gains, losses, surprises and most of all – pushed me to reflect on my work (something I am…

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#educolor – The most important hashtag you’re probably not following

#educolor – The most important hashtag you’re probably not following

Two years ago this fall, Jose Vilson launched EduColor. It’s a website, it’s a hashtag, it’s an email newsletter, it’s a weekly chat, it’s a call for social justice. Most of all, as he and the other organizers say, it’s ‘a movement, not a moment.’…

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Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

I’m pleased to note that Digital Leadership Daily is now reaching over 1,000 daily subscribers via its SMS, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Fifteen months ago I decided to send out one high-quality technology leadership resource per day through this new dissemination channel. I figured that…

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Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

[Want to be the Seed-to-Table Manager here? Read the job description and then email the superintendent.] Shovels busy at work, three young children dig and cut through the earth, turning over the rich black soil underneath. They have a long planting row to create, but…

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Thanks for a great run, Iowa

Thanks for a great run, Iowa

Some of you know that I’m headed back to higher education (after a 4-year hiatus to keep a promise to my daughter that she could finish high school here in Ames, Iowa). I will be an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of…

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A School That’s #FutureReady

A School That’s #FutureReady

A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to go visit the new Charles City Middle School and take a hard hat tour (not kidding, check out the official selfie I took). The tour was incredible – the new building includes not only state of…

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Noticing, a Priority

Noticing, a Priority

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to meet Bob Dillion/@ideaguy42. I have followed him on Twitter and Instagram long before I met him in person. It is always nice to meet respected difference makers and sources of inspiration face to face. Bob Dillion spoke at…

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OER. Share: Feed Learning.

OER. Share: Feed Learning.

I hate when people don’t share recipes… The Seeker: I love this. Tell me, how did you make this? The Keeper: It is good. I know. The recipe works every time. The Seeker: Every time? Wow. So, how do you do it? Can I have…

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Making a Memory

Making a Memory

Years ago, my dad and I spent a weekend creating a wind chime. We sketched out a plan, and made a list of the necessary supplies. We went to the hardware store. We set up our work station in the storage room in the basement….

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Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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“Saved the Day”

“Saved the Day”

I put this title in quotations because 6 people think I saved their day from 4,057 miles away….Instead, I did what any high school (maybe even middle school) student could, would, and should do if given the access and reason. Back story: Meet my parents…

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Playing With Circuitry

Playing With Circuitry

Math and Science were not my strong subjects in school. I gravitated more towards English, Social Studies and, of course, Band. Why do certain subjects resonate more with some students than others? Multiple intelligences, right vs. left brain dominance, disengaging or un-relatable instruction? Any, all, and…

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Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

There are numerous image editing options within Google Slides. I recently utilized a few of the creative possibilities to help reinforce the message conveyed during my Sioux Central National Honor Society keynote speech: More Verb, Less Noun.  Thanks to Google images, Bitmoji, and image editing, my…

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5 whys and 4 negotiables

5 whys and 4 negotiables

I enjoyed Pam Lowe’s recent post about personalized learning. She asked four important questions: Why does everyone have to learn the same thing? Why can’t learners learn what they want to learn? Can learners choose their own learning tools? Why do learners have to learn…

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