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In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time and I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various thoughts, opinions and ideas around my brain. As such, any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.
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This year is almost over and I am thinking about next year. I am working out a different system for issuing class participation points. I will start off the school-year using index cards, Popsicle sticks or ?? something that randomly allows me to ‘select’ a student. I know that many feel that this nonvoluntary participation is a More > […]
When the students walk in and see this slide, they know that for today’s class they will need to get out their workbooks, paper and the textbook. I am trying to be sure that I use my projector and board to SHOW the students what I need from them. This picture shows their homework assignment: More > […]
Smore online posters are great tools to use to publish and showcase work/information. I have not used them in class yet, but I intend to have the kids create posters. Here are a few of the ones that I have created. My 13/31 slice […]
Lately I have been delivering presentations about creating ePortfolios using Weebly.com. My latest presentation was given for Live.Classroom20.com Click here to see the Live Classroom 2.0 blog post that features my presentation. Here is a link to the livebinder that houses tons of resource links about using Weebly.com for websites and ePortfolios. Here is a […]
Just finished Talking Twitter with a friend and decided to share with you all. 1. Profile picture: be sure to add a picture to will allow your followers to connect with you. It does not have to be a picture of you, this is a wordle that I use for an avatar. 2. Micro-blog More > […]
I know that it is important to reply when spoken to. A student says “Good Morning” to me in the crowded hallway and I will generally say “Good Morning,baby” in return. I do this on my auto-pilot setting and may not even know what child it is that spoke. Sometimes they will point this out, More > […]
There are so many ways to stay connected and in the loop. I bounce all over the web looking for educational bytes of information. Twitter - to send and receive frequent micro-blog messages. Facebook - to share messages, pages, links, pictures, videos, etc. Online Communities - There are dozens of sites where you can interact or lurk with More > […]
Being open to learning is the key to growing. When you seek something with passion and persistence, it seeks you. I wish that I could spend the majority of each day getting the students to “open the doors to their brains” and filling it with whatever they desired. Instead I must beat on More > […]
Why do we do this to our kids? I am doing test prep exercises to help my students gain confidence and lessen their levels of test anxiety. I want them to be comfortable with timed tests and negotiating their time, thoughts and strategies. I am trying to de-stress the process. We time passages – so More > […]
Many believe that success seems like a it takes place after traveling a clear cut path from beginning efforts to the end goal. Some success does happen that way but success happens for most after traveling along a road that seems to meander along. The most important thing about success is the perseverance that makes one More > […]