I have a very bright, quick-witted, downright funny 11 year old son, Ryan, who absolutely hates school, most of the time. From kindergarten through second grade, he would wake up angrily every morning for school, complain loudly about it being a complete waste of his time, and trudge through his morning routine. I’m an educational … Continue reading Joy, Happiness, & Fun: Elusive or Inclusive in Your Classroom?
I came home this afternoon after a rewarding but long day of summer professional development, and I noticed that my flowers were in great need of a long cool drink of water. I may have been in air conditioning all day, but they had been in the warm June Missouri humid heat. I may not … Continue reading Thought It Was A Weed
This summer, I have a lot of reading to do. My list of books I want to read is growing (but don’t tell my husband…). I have begun already with a few books, participating in (Lead Like A Pirate) and leading (Instant Relevance) book studies, and there are more on my radar, besides the regular fiction authors that I love. So here goes a few on my radar, in no particular order, and why I’ve chosen them:
As teachers, we’re well aware that our voices have power. If for some reason you are shaking your head “no” at me right now, just relax. You may not be aware of it yet, but you will discover this at some point in your career as an educator. Think of it this way, picture in … Continue reading The Power Of Your Voice
All of us have existing activities that could use a little spice or to mix metaphors, a face-lift. Try it with Chopped. I will set up how we did it, and then try to help you connect the pieces to your own content.
I introduced my dad in the first blog post, giving him credit for my boldness in trying new things with technology in my classroom, but that is not the main impact he has had on my development as an educator. One of the big things I learned from him was the never ceasing job of a teacher to make lessons bigger and better than the last time you taught them.
For those of you who are in 1:1 classrooms, you really need to check out Recap. I teach high school students, and my rural Missouri classroom is not 1:1 yet, so I have used it sparingly so far, but I see the power and possibilities it presents. Once I have an established way for students … Continue reading Let’s Recap That
Kids of all ages around Missouri (and maybe in your area and I’m just not aware) have been overtaken by the incredible urge to drink just over half of their bottled water and then spend the next several hours flipping it. Yep. Bottle flipping has become all the rage in my area. My son’s 10u travel baseball team spent lots of dugout hours all summer flipping their bottles. My son was a bit unhappy when I thoughtfully gave him a big sports cooler that could hang on the dugout fence, stayed cold for hours in the sun, and held enough water to get him through an all-day baseball tournament. He couldn’t flip it. Fortunately (for him), he got over that and quickly began to appreciate his bigger water cooler. Other parents began switching their kid over to the bigger cooler that could hang on the dugout fence. Bottle flipping, however, has not gone away.