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As I Lay Dying/End of Year Classroom Packing

As I Lay Dying/End of Year Classroom Packing

Almost two decades have passed since I read Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. As I considered the end of the year traditional classroom routine this evening, the reading came to mind. As I Lay Dying is more complex and involved than I will explain…a woman…

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What if? ~ Transform Learning for Students

What if? ~ Transform Learning for Students

A month ago I was approached by a middle school principal who was interested in having a philosophical conversation with her staff about transformational ideas for changing teaching and learning.  She started with a few what ifs and asked me if I could find or…

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The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ … Students do low-level work at times that are convenient. Students do low-level work from places that are convenient. Students do low-level work on their own, unique path. Students do low-level work at their own, unique pace….

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The backwards bicycle [VIDEO]

The backwards bicycle [VIDEO]

What a backwards bicycle can teach us about learning… Fascinating. Hat tip: Will Richardson [cross-posted at Dangerously Irrelevant]

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Failing on an Island

Failing on an Island

Failure in education is a pretty common topic. Whether it’s a negative connotation: failing schools, failing kids, or a positive connotation: First Attempt In Learning, failing forward, it’s hard to go a day without the topic coming up. I want to bring you another facet…

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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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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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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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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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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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(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

Recently, thanks to colleagues Mike Anderson and Scott McLeod, I read Marcus Wolhosen’s commentary in Amazon’s Weird Siri Like Speaker is Yet Another Way to Get You to Shop and Greg Krumparak’s argument in Let’s Call Amazon’s Echo What It Is. If you have not seen or heard…

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Trivia Crack Delivers a Reminder…

Trivia Crack Delivers a Reminder…

Please note: I am not advocating for use of the app-it just so happened the app reminded me of experiences I value. The experience I value-described in this post-is not multiple-choice testing, memorization for memorization’s sake…this is just something to think about. It spread. First,…

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Back to School from Winter Break…

Back to School from Winter Break…

1. Help students make a connection with a new a book by providing guidance and time to check out a book-virtual or physical-student choice. 2. Reflection. Ask students to reflect on the first half of the school year and share their hopes for the second…

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Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time looking at teachers’ lessons/tasks and instruction as well as student work.  While doing this I have found a few strategies that I have shared with teachers to help them “flip” their lessons/tasks and instruction from…

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An Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution

An Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution

As I think about 2014 coming to a close and a new year approaching, I reflect upon things that occurred during the passing year and often want to make improvements.  These reflections typically are found in various aspects of my life as a mom, wife,…

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Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Alan November, leader of November Learning, shared his passion for meaningful student learning experiences during Prairie Lakes AEA’s virtual Lunch and Learn. November, author of numerous books including Who Owns the Learning, discussed the importance of building a community by concentrating less on content and…

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