It's the time to blog about OneWord, correct? The funny thing is that I started this post on Aug 16, but here we are in January and I'm finally getting around to finishing it. Yikes. But I suppose the beginning of the year is as good a time as any, while things being new, better, … Continue reading The Power of One Word
I have recently been honored by being named a finalist for our county's teacher of the year. First of all, this is such a humbling thing. We all know that education is sometimes a thankless job, but it is really nice to be recognized for my hard work. The past few weeks have been a … Continue reading 100 Words are Hard to Say
I was recently given a Screen Beam to try out in my classroom and I must say - I am hooked. Over the past few years, my school has had different 1-to-1 devices: Year 1 - Microsoft Surface … Continue reading A New Toy! [ScreenBeam is so great.]
I'm going to get better about blogging. I'm going to be more consistent. I say this to myself all the time and then rarely get the time to sit down and actually do it. I currently have 3 half-written posts in my drafts folder). But here's a new year vow: I WILL get better, haha. … Continue reading A New Year!
why taking risks is so worth it
When I began this journey, I just kept thinking about how fun it would be and how pretty my classroom would look. I forgot to include one factor in my thinking: Middle schoolers love to destroy things. It started out quite picturesque if I do say so myself. But as the year went on, we … Continue reading Flexible Seating is Ugly.
A student was sitting and talking to myself and a group of students last week about how his grandfather's cancer came back. He shared that while they were in the hospital visiting, a man told him a story of a girl who was struggling with leukemia and her father made her 1,000 paper cranes and … Continue reading 1000 Paper Cranes & A Lesson in Compassion
I attended my first EdCamp in October of 2016. It is run completely different than the conferences I am used... a self-proclaimed "un-conference" where the participants are also in charge. http://www.edamp.org says "the conferences are participant-driven with the sessions developed and facilitated by the teachers who are attending and leverage social media to involve remote … Continue reading EdCamp St.Pete
I know what you're going to say... "It's the first day of Christmas break, why ON EARTH are you analyzing your assessment data?" The answer: because I can't help it. And let's be honest - I could be cleaning the house, so why wouldn't I find something else to do instead? But I felt that … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is Good Data! (Just kidding. Kind of.)
Disclaimer: I am VERY opinionated about standardized testing. For the sake of my sanity and yours, I won't get into it at this moment; I will simply state that they are the bane of my existence. I will lead off with this gallup business article written 2 years ago that states: "... if you think our schools … Continue reading Testing… 1, 2, 3…