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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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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