Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School?

 

There is a playground in my development.

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During the summer, I have the pleasure of listening to children as they travel to the playground.

 

The excitement can’t be contained, talking, laughing, running!

 

“Come back!” “Don’t go too far!” “Wait!”, parents trying to contain them, understandably, not wanting them to go too far ahead.

 

The pure, unadulterated joy of going to the playground, of knowing what is a few feet ahead. The jungle gym, swings, seesaw, grass to run in! READ MORE…

Loving Classroom Tools That Start Free, and Stay Free! We Appreciate You!

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It is common knowledge that teaching is one of the hardest professions. We  make very little money, and yet , we have a high level of “out-of-pocket” expenses.  That’s why I (and probably every teacher I know), love it when someone comes out with a Fun Resource that Entertains and Engages,(FREE) ! Get it?

 

 

 

However, what irks, and disappoints  me the most,  are the companies who provide you with a free tool when they first enter the market.   They reel you in, and you use their products for an entire school year, loving every minute of it.  You get to the “How could I teach without this? point”, and then BAM! They want you to pay!

 

Isn’t there another way? Couldn’t they be a little less expensive? READ MORE

 

10 Things That Stand Out Because I Joined the #NotatISTE14 Community!

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I am not at ISTE2014. :(


I planned to go since my sis lives in Atlanta, but I figured the wedding of my teammate was much more important. AND, I heard ISTE2015 will be in Philadelphia next year, 30 minutes away! YEAH!


Here’s the good news. Jen Wagner decided to start a #notatiste14  group. I think it evolved into much more than what was originally imagined. Over 250 people have taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity! Our community has connected using Voxer, Google +, Twitter, any number of social media tools. Due to the resourcefulness of the members of this community, we have even connected with vendors at ISTE. We are being recognized in tweets as an official group. ISTE attendees are sharing information! This community is amazing! READ MORE…

Improving as a Teacher: Reflecting on Student Responses to Class End of Year Survey!

reflect grow I got the idea to create surveys from Pernille Ripp. She is a huge fan of using surveys to help her reflect on how to gauge just about anything. I created a beginning of the year survey based on questions she wrote, putting them in Google forms.

 

I decided this year that  I would create an end of the year survey, something I usually never get around to. It became a simple task after reading an article on self-reflection by Vicki Davis. I used, and modified some of the questions she asked to create my survey.

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Making “Tenure” a Bad Word Helped Steal “Due Process!”

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If you say something enough times, most people will believe it.

 

Not only will they believe it, but they will embrace it, passionately.

 

They will, foolishly, repeat, word for word or maybe improvise with their own words of wisdom, every bit of nonsense they have heard from “them.” They will own it.

 

And there begins the story of how “tenure” became a bad word. Tenure became something evil that “those lazy, 3 months off, every holiday, 4 hours of prep(I actually read this in a comment),horrible, horrible, teachers”, are using to keep their jobs! READ MORE…

 

That’s the mantra, right?

“Remember That Time When…?” An End of Year Memory Book!

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I was on #5thchat Tuesday night chatting with my fellow tweechers about activities we do at the end of the school year. @patriciahewitt shared a wonderful idea.

Parental Support and Involvement: Should Teachers Just Make Do Without It?

More and more, the buck seems to start and end with teachers.

 

We seem to be the only ones held “accountable” for all that goes on in our classrooms, and it is frustrating!

 

It’s become the norm to send a child to school and hope for the best.

 

I have done what I need to do as a teacher to get parental support, and then some. READ MORE…

 

 

 

 

 

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