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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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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