Archive for Learning and Teaching

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…

Continue reading →

#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.’…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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….

Continue reading →

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)…

Continue reading →

“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…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

As I contemplate technology, its use, its purpose, I consider technology I use daily. The access that helps me accomplish the work I must accomplish, the tools that help me create all I must create, the avenues that help me publish and share all I…

Continue reading →

The Stage Has Been Set

The Stage Has Been Set

The stage at Laurens-Marathon Elementary has been set, well – almost. On March 4th they will “attempt” their first MakerDay and the stage in the Old Gym, or Gymnatorium as some have referenced it over the years, will be transformed into….? What? We don’t know!…

Continue reading →

Digital Learning Day Recap

Digital Learning Day Recap

Today on Twitter I shared some of my favorite digital resources and tools in honor of Digital Learning Day! Here’s a quick recap, along with a bit more insight than the 140 characters afforded me. 8:00am I kicked off my morning with DIY.org because a)…

Continue reading →

World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

Post modified from 2/15/14 On February 24, 2016 classrooms will take part in World Read Aloud Day. There are numerous ways to celebrate literacy. Author,Kate Messner, curated a list of authors willing to Skype on #WRAD16 to help educators make those connections. I have included below…

Continue reading →

SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~ SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~  SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

Catherine Hines, South Hamilton’s CSD Technology Integrationist, planned, organized and implemented coding for her elementary students.  I am excited to spotlight her success with spreading the love of coding in her elementary by sharing her blogpost.    

Continue reading →

PLAEA’s Hour of Code

PLAEA’s Hour of Code

Last summer when I was trained as an affiliate for Code.org I made it my goal to get coding, in some capacity, into all of our Prairie Lakes districts within two years. We have some awesome educators who are leading the charge in their own…

Continue reading →

This online high school is not going to change education

This online high school is not going to change education

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘This online high school could change education’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel). Okay, I’m game. I’ll check it out… I read about the founders. I read that they’re trying to make the…

Continue reading →

Double A (Not the Battery)

Double A (Not the Battery)

We know that Christmas is the battery season (late on Christmas Eve night: “Honey, I swear we had more AAs!”) but I’d like to share another AA Christmas adventure (non-battery related) – student Authenticity and Agency.  Here is a recent personal experience that has proved to…

Continue reading →

On the Subject of Mattering…A Few Things to Consider

On the Subject of Mattering…A Few Things to Consider

Tuesday, January 5 I was fortunate to hear Angela Maiers address Prairie Lakes AEA administrators in Storm Lake. Her message of mattering has always resonated with me. Her passion for empowering student voice has always inspired me. Why do we do what we do? Why…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

Page 1 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last →