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I Wish My Teacher Knew . . . A Promise to Students

I Wish My Teacher Knew . . . A Promise to Students

As we think about the new year, we typically think of new beginnings or resolutions that we promise to start doing. Reading an article written by Bettendorf HS students, Karly Lent and Selena Johnson, titled I wish my teacher knew . . . in the December…

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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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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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Trivia Crack Part Deux

Trivia Crack Part Deux

I love Erin for writing about the positive experiences involved in playing Trivia Crack. That’s why she’s my friend – she’s so positive. I 100% agree with her analysis. And don’t get me wrong, I love playing the game. But since I also had a Trivia…

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Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

I’m kicking off a new blog series in which I interview innovative educators in our region and around the world. First up, Sarah Binder, Superintendent and Elementary Principal of Stratford CSD! 1.  You have been working with your teachers to support concept-based teaching, Tell me what…

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Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

This morning I was listening to the #satchat Voxer group messages, and one of the tools shared was Blendspace. I hadn’t heard of this one, so I decided to check it out, and here’s what I came up with! There are a lot of uses…

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Do You Want to Build (insert noun)?

Do You Want to Build (insert noun)?

I have found myself singing the popular tune from Disney’s Frozen inserting the object to build warranted by the circumstance. At the beach, I sang to my children, “Do You Want to Build a Sand Castle?” While weeding in the garden, I brought music to the monotony,…

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Shifting what should be Measured

Shifting what should be Measured

Seth Godin says in his blog that “we keep coming up with new things to measure (like processor speed, heat output, column inches) but it’s pretty rare that those measurements are actually a proxy for the impact or quality we care about. It takes a…

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Fort Dodge 7th grade Readers & Movie Producers

Fort Dodge 7th grade Readers & Movie Producers

Students in Sara Fitzgerald’s class are ready for the big screen! They had their first experience with movie production using Animoto for the purpose of showing understanding. Sara explains: …we just finished up a quick research project using Animoto! We are in the middle of a…

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CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

Students in Mrs. Kim Harken’s 7th grade reading class celebrated World Read Aloud Day by choosing poetry, voice blocking the poem, and recording the poem with Mrs. Lynn Cronk’s 3rd grade students using Fotobabble. Mrs. Harken had students practice using the tech tool the day…

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Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Mike Anderson and I delivered professional learning almost a month ago showcasing a stop motion app to be used as an avenue for students to create and to reveal understanding.    Yesterday, I returned to AC-T, and when I entered Rebekah Spragg’s third grade classroom,…

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Three simple yet powerful questions

Three simple yet powerful questions

As fall conference time approaches, I remembered that last year I wasn’t able to attend my middle son’s conferences due to several personal and professional conflicts.  As an educator this didn’t sit well with me so I was trying to figure out a way to…

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Have we been focusing on the wrong R?

Have we been focusing on the wrong R?

I am wondering about what has been better for students as a result of the high school reform efforts that began in 2005. Many educators participated in professional learning opportunities focused on increasing rigor, relevance, and relationships (Three R’s) in classrooms. I remember participating in…

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Portion Control: Stop Adding & Start Reducing

Portion Control: Stop Adding & Start Reducing

How many new initiatives, strategies, or programs were kicked off this year at schools? How many of these are in the educational buffet line that teachers are trying to fit on their plates? What are administrators asking teachers to pay attention to this year compared…

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