Tag archive for student centered

Let It Go

Let It Go

I am Meredith: Mother of Cameron & Morgan, Creature Who Carries Purse and She Who Sings Orders…you can imagine that Frozen’s Let It Go has not escaped my house. Rather, it moved in, does not pay rent and does not appear to be leaving. However, these…

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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)…

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“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…

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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…

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Working Together ~ Achieving Success

Working Together ~ Achieving Success

The Laurens-Marathon School District has always been proud of “Working Together to Achieve Success” and Friday’s first elementary MakerDay was a wonderful example of their building motto.  After months of planning, preparing, compiling community donations of supplies and organizing helpers & volunteers, the day went off…

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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!…

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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…

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The Art of APEX

The Art of APEX

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to visit an extremely forward thinking school in the Des Moines area, Waukee APEX (Aspiring Professional Experience). After circling the downtown block with the correct address several times, I finally committed to parking… “Really? This is the school?” There was…

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Hour of Code Resources – By Age

Hour of Code Resources – By Age

This week we would like to share some awesome resources for the upcoming Hour of Code during Computer Science week, December 7th-13th. Hopefully, you have heard of Hour of Code (HoC), want to be involved and have started planning your specific event(s) at your school/community….

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Getting Ready for Hour of Code

Getting Ready for Hour of Code

The annual Hour of Code celebration during Computer Science week is quickly approaching (Dec 7-13), and we’re working hard to provide you with support and resources to successfully implement coding and computer science in your schools and communities. We started with a half day Hour…

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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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Economize This!

Economize This!

It’s time to prepare for students to return to the classroom while also thinking about which new ideas you learned over the summer, you’ll try to implement this year.  It’s overwhelming, but I’m not going to be very helpful because here’s another idea. One of my favorite things to do…

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Celebrating Awesomeness

Celebrating Awesomeness

I came across an article yesterday from the Huffington Post, entitled “Millennial Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers“. The article shared the following harsh words: “In June 2013, rankings from the National Center for Teaching Quality gave most teacher preparation programs low scores, and…

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Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .?, inspired me to write my first post in this series of posts, Whose School Is It Anyway?, as George posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  Since I just focused on one aspect…

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Agency at First LEGO League

This weekend FLL (First LEGO League) regionals took place all over the country.  I took my team to Estherville.  This was our first year and it blew us away.  I mean robots are awesome, right, but what we experienced exceeded just playing with LEGOs.  The students…

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Whose School Is It Anyway?

Whose School Is It Anyway?

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .? inspired me to write this post. He posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  During the fall sports season, I have been observing all of the opportunities where students could be…

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Just Get Out of the Way

Just Get Out of the Way

Last night I attended an open house at my child’s high school that started out with an opening address from the high school principal and an introduction of the new teachers to the high school parents.  The next segment of the open house consisted of…

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