Share your Hour of Code experience!

Are you intimidated, yet secretly intrigued, by the Hour of Code?  I was, too!  But Hour of Code 2016 will be my 3rd year watching my middle school students gain confidence and earn certificates in coding. Why is a middle school social studies teacher in a small town taking class …

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You say you want an eRevolution?

You say you want an eRevolution #EVSCREV16 this school year?  The time has come the time is now.  In Evansville, Indiana nearly one thousand educators from at least five states are plotting and planning for effective instruction this year.  To join these dedicated professionals along the Meego® journey is surreal. …

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Confessions of a Friday Folder, Good for Growth

Are backpacks portfolios? Portfolios in the form of a Friday folder yielded good growth confessions from my kids. “I got a yellow light”, my child confessed. “Do you know why?”, I responded. “No. Well, yea,” he replied humbly. The half-zipped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack contents resisted the plunge-grab-toss maneuvers …

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FanSchool meets middle school student needs

FanSchool and Books that Grow are two engaging software products that meet middle school student needs.  Middle level learners have distinct needs.  It’s important that tech tools for teaching, learning, assessing and reflecting at the middle school level respond to those needs.  It’s obvious from the ideas and new tools …

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When is reflecting bullying?

When you insist that a student “reflect” on years of failing standardized test scores, are you a bully?  Seriously.  Let’s think about it.  There’s a power imbalance between the student and teacher.  There exists a continuous pattern of exerting the power to point out a negative attribute to the less …

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Teacher Inventor Entrepreneurs Tech Savvy Trend

Teacher inventor entrepreneurs are the next tech savvy trend.  Teachers  in classrooms have often been compared to small business owners.  Teachers producing products and selling them are commonplace.  Look at the explosion of Teachers Pay Teachers, for example. Teachers have heart.  They also have plastic.  Teachers spend an estimated 1.6 …

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Positive Parent Communication Matters to Climate Change

According to Forbes, PepsiCo’s CEO, Indra Nooyi, writes positive letters to her employees’ parents. Positive parent communication matters. It effects climate change. My first year of teaching, I started calling parents to tell them how great their child was. Middle school is quite a transition time for students and parents. …

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ePortfolio Potential…Power for Growth Mindset

ePortfolios pop up everywhere in the #ISTE2015 Expo Hall. Obviously, portfolios have potential. They are embedded in learning management systems like @Schoology (thanks for the demo, Annette!) and the project portfolio focused Nureva Troove (nice, Rita!). Our own Meego™ ePortfolio poster presentation met rave reviews. So, what’s the potential power …

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Memories and mind games…rocket scientist-style

What motivates a teacher to find new student engagement strategies? As I made the turn onto I-395.  under the square green “Washington” banner last night, the lump in my throat swelled. You bet the skies were ominous and threatening and the lightening was spectacular. But, for me, the glow of …

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