Writing my way through the school year!


I have taught for 30+ years, and over the years, I have connected with former students.

On the street, their jobs, emails, and visits. Last year, 3 siblings surprised me with a visit. I had each of them in my classroom. One had graduated from college and was working in D.C, one was in college, and one had just graduated from high school.They not only thanked me, but they talked to my students, gave them some of their wisdom and let them know how fortunate they were to have me.:) A student from one of my 3rd grade classes in the 80’s, found me on Facebook, and remembered her experience in my classroom.READ MORE

When Google Voice Typing was announced all over the Blogosphere, I rejoiced!

And just like a teacher, I thought about how I could use this in my classroom, and I was happy.

I introduced it to my class the other day, and they were happy.

BUT, now I’m thinking… am I interfering with their ability to learn how to write?

Am I interfering with their ability to navigate a keyboard?

What about spelling? Will it help them become better/worse spellers?

I guess this is one of those Pros and Cons type of things…




On July 22, 2015 educators gathered at the White House to Rethink School Discipline.

“The conference sought to advance the national conversation about reducing the overuse of unnecessary out of school suspensions and expulsions and replacing these practices with positive alternatives that keep students in school and engaged in learning, but also ensure accountability.”

As I participated in the Twitter conversation #rethinkdiscipline, I began to think about ways we could avoid reaching the point where we have to suspend students. Just as we find ways to prevent illness using preventive measures, there are preventive methods we can use to reduce suspensions and expulsions. These methods are not a cure-all, but it can help stem the tide…READ MORE

Techfully Yours Episode 5 VOKI    YouTube blog post pic



Okay, imagine this. Your students are completing biographies on famous people. You could go the traditional route and have them write a report. OR, you could use Voki.

How much more interesting to hear the report from an avatar that represents a biographical figure, a character in a book, even the student themselves!

The great thing is, Voki can be shared with a link, email, or using the embed code!  READ MORE

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If you are still teaching in the traditional, “sit down, be quiet, don’t move”method, it is time to let it go!

Research has proven that, just like adults our kids need to move, young or old. The fact that we, as adults, don’t want to sit in one place for hours on end, should give us a clue that we shouldn’t do that to our students.READ MORE

I learned about Snagit right before school ended, trying to make up those snow hours. But, it was PD I wish we had more often, something productive that I can use!

Take a peek, or two. Share with friends. Use it. Watch for new episodes. Episode 1 is about the fake tweet generator by Classtools.net. READ MORE…

NEA stands for the National Education Association.

RA stands for Representative Assembly.

I attended my 1st NEA Representative Assembly as a delegate. What an amazing experience!

My observations:

  • One of the delegates spoke about using the words of the oppressor. How many times do we, as educators, use the words, “the union”, as if it is not “our union?” WE are the union. WE are what makes up the union. When we address the union as ” the union”, we are giving others the message that we are not part of it, that it is a separate entity. What does Chris Christie say every time he opens his mouth about educators? “The union…”READ MORE

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