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Life Cycle in (stop) Motion

Life Cycle in (stop) Motion

Northeast Hamilton, like many Iowa schools, had several early outs due to heat early in the year. I had the opportunity to come in on one of those afternoons and do a stop motion “playground”. Using the iMotion app and tons of props from my…

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Opportunity Cost

Opportunity Cost

If you think way back to that short stint you spent as a business major in college, before you dropped business law because you realized you didn’t need anymore foreign language credits, you may remember the concept of Opportunity Cost from microeconomics class.  The New Oxford…

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Brace Root: A Little Help from our Friends

Brace Root: A Little Help from our Friends

I followed my husband into our sweet corn patch for the first time taking advice about which ears to pick. There is something quite beautiful about the emerald green leaves, something magical about the wind’s song as it travels through row after row. Kneeling 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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2013 Clarity Data Item 02: Teacher professional development

2013 Clarity Data Item 02: Teacher professional development

How much time each year do teachers in the Prairie Lakes AEA region spend on technology-related professional development? And how do they perceive the quality of that time? n = 1,138 teachers School-provided PD = inservices, summer/after school classes, mentoring, peer coaching…Non-school formal PD =…

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Whose Turn is it Anyway?

Whose Turn is it Anyway?

This year, I ask you, I beg you…please do not use reading as a classroom management tactic, as punishment, as a means to embarrass.  Please. Use reading as it should be used: a means to learn, a means to escape, a means to inspire, a…

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