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Mar 18

March 18, 2015

Ten Minute PD: Constructed Response

Ten Minute PD: Constructed Response

10 minute Professional Development is a new series of posts I’ve decided to write because I saw a need for quick, down and dirty ideas that educators can use to expand their teaching. We all know we don’t have extra time in our day, so I’ve come up with a format for a quick post that outlines a teaching strategy or method and gathered a few resources on the topic for you to add to your quiver of teaching tools….

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Nov 21

November 21, 2013

SimCity: Loosening the grip by trusting

SimCity: Loosening the grip by trusting

Today marked the end of the beginning with our SimCities. Students finished the first steps (road layout, planned zoning and desired power plant). They loved every step so far. Now that they have basically got the foundations ready, they spent today working on prioritizing the city services to add next.

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Jan 18

January 18, 2013

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Many teachers ask me, “what can I do with this ipod right now?” It’s very common to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of apps that are available on the Apple App Store when you first start exploring. Often times, teachers just need to start with the basic apps to get accustomed to the technology before diving into the pool of amazing apps that are out there. In the technology professional development class that I created, I introduce teachers…

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Oct 23

October 23, 2012

Creating a Podcast in an Elementary Classroom

Creating a Podcast in an Elementary Classroom

Podcasting can sound like a tedious and scary project to tackle with your class, and admittedly I have been putting off trying it for the past year.  But this year, I have reignited my desire to try out this new type of media, and I have to report to you all, that it turned out amazingly. What is Podcasting you might ask?  Podcasting is simply a voice recording that is made into a file format that is easily placed onto…

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Jun 2

June 2, 2012

Authentic Writing Turns Kids into Super Heroes

Authentic Writing Turns Kids into Super Heroes

After we completed our district writing test, the class had about two weeks to until Spring Break.  I decided, instead of starting my Imaginary writing unit and then having almost two weeks off (budget reduction days tagged onto the start and end of the week off), I would have the students work on a life skill writing project.  The project was simple, our class was to teach the life skill of being responsible to the school at an upcoming assembly….

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Jun 2

June 2, 2012

The Design of a World, All Their Own.

The Design of a World, All Their Own.

Students are putting their finishing touches on their Create-a-World projects. Wednesday, the 23rd, teams will introduce and showcase their worlds to the class. Some amazing worlds have been created this year. We discovered a planet that was in such civil war, that it was eventually blown apart so that the war would finally be over between boys and girls. Now our heroes from the two sides must find a way to reverse the damage and save their planet. We were…

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