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Conference Time

Conference Time

Something to Consider… I wanted my students involved in the conference conversation. I did not want to talk about them without them. I even encouraged students to attend their conference. I encouraged students to advocate for themselves. I asked students to make sure their voice…

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Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice deserves a spot on a seating chart. Student Voice should be present each day, spotless attendance, encouraged and motivated to have a permanent seat in the classroom, in the school, and in education. Student Voice should be nurtured and inspired to make positive…

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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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Heroes, Leaders, Innovators

Heroes, Leaders, Innovators

Image Credit: Amanda Tipton The last book I read was Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager. One quote really jumped out at me as I was reading. They said this: “One of the most endearing things about the maker movement is how…

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Thank you

Thank you

Dear Prairie Lakes principals and superintendents, Over the past six weeks, you’ve been getting to know our new tech integration team. We’ve made it a top priority to try and get into your buildings, meet you and your teachers on your turf, and start to…

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Friday Fun: UDL, Media, Vocab., Aurasma

Friday Fun: UDL, Media, Vocab., Aurasma

Friday, I shared a variation of my 9/3/13 presentation to PLAEA Superintendents: Vocabulary Worksheets, No Thank You during Universal Design Learning session for special education consultants and academic strategists. Pam Ahlrichs and Diane Jackson shared the principles of UDL establishing “the why” and demonstrated directions to an activity with…

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Swimming in Social Media Water

Swimming in Social Media Water

The paralyzing fear of social media waters is drowning our children, but that fear is misplaced. Our students are online. They have been online. Our students are in the water. They have been in the water. They were in the water long before we even noticed…

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Caine’s Arcade: Imagination + Exposure = Endless Opportunities

The other night I was watching TV and came across this amazing story on NBC Nightly News. Meet Caine, a little boy from East L.A. Caine spent the summer in his father’s auto parts store, and used tape and old cardboard to create his own…

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How about a FedEx day?

How about a FedEx day?

FedEx Day: a 24-hour hackathon in which individuals or teams work on new ideas and new projects. Participants must work on something that’s not part of their daily work and, most importantly, they have to deliver something in 24 hours (in the words of Seth…

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