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When Students Move On…

Do you ever think of the worlds you once knew but no longer exist? This concept has been a curious one to me for awhile.  In the fall of 1999, … Continue reading

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May 24, 2012 · 7 Comments

The Literacy Workshop: Scaffolding Choice

The liveliest discussion bubbled from the circle table today around a trio of books I never dreamed would ignite such passion. I WISH I recorded it.  Note to self: Have … Continue reading

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May 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

Change Agent: Facilitator or Teacher?

Rethink roles. That is where transformation is going to happen in education, if we do it with an open mind, diving in fully clothed, shoes on. When students understand that … Continue reading

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May 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

What does the successful empowerment of a PLN look like?

I had to buy a new desk chair today. It was inevitable for 2 reasons: First, I start class 2 of 4 in my teaching online program today- Creating and … Continue reading

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April 29, 2012 · 10 Comments

Twitter Has Made Better Teachers

Innovation Design In Education – ASIDE: 10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers.  link and Twitter points from: The ASIDE Blog link author: Mercer Hall is a teacher at Buckley … Continue reading

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March 17, 2012 · 7 Comments

How Edmodo Fueled Differentiation in My Classroom

Can you think of a time when you had a question? Of course you can— Can you think of a time when you had a question but: A. Couldn’t get … Continue reading

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March 4, 2012 · 7 Comments

The World of Web 2.0 and Online Teaching

In other words, WHERE have I BEEN lately? This will answer that.  Many readers may not be interested, some might skim, some might just smile and move on, and that … Continue reading

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February 21, 2012 · 5 Comments

Workshop Magic Example #1

I feel the need to share some of the fruits of my last post……from my students’ minds, of course! Sacajawea February 6, 2012 @ 4:15 PM 7 Comments I went … Continue reading

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February 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Writer’s Workshop Magic

Folk tunes drifted from the lips of my 4th graders as pencils scribed and minds churned.  In the midst of our second day with old-time-musician-in-residence Jeff Warner, these learners’ thoughts … Continue reading

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February 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Education, Creation, Digitization, Contemplation

Photo courtesy of Felipe Ibáñez Guzmán That’s a LOT of “-tions”. But “-tions” are mostly nouns- and active at that! …Celebration, recreation…..   Regardless, the question is now, where have … Continue reading

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February 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

What does it mean to SEE a student? Part 1?

Across the room, gazes are barely upon me.  Shifting glances make their way to my eyes, attempting to send the message that yes, I am trying to hear you.  This … Continue reading

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January 25, 2012 · 4 Comments

2011 in review, in the eyes of WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 … Continue reading

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January 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Video: A Vision of 21st Century Teachers

Originally posted on nancyrubin:
Sometimes videos like this stress me out- but this one highlights how technology can be integrated. I believe strongly that this is so current, engaging and important, but also that … Continue reading

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December 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Liebster Blog Award

When I put my words to the screen, I suppose I did not really understand what that meant.  Today, I do. I mean, I knew I was writing because I … Continue reading

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December 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Into the darkness:10 Things to Keep Us in the Light!

December. Dark. Not that November doesn’t become progressively dark, but December contains the final descent, into the darkness of the Winter Solstice.  On a tired, post Thanksgiving Monday morning, my … Continue reading

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December 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

The “New Toy Syndrome”

For many years, in the days leading up to Christmas, my sisters and I would debate the possibility that it was finally happening.  Maybe. Just MAYBE this year, the unthinkable … Continue reading

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November 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

Layers and Learning

When I originally wrote these thoughts, I was immersed in a unit about Earth’s Materials with my students.  They were fascinated with mica, and I found that I, too, could … Continue reading

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November 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

On keeping judgement OUT.

Participation in an unexpected Thursday evening event reminded me to open my eyes and ears at all times- to learn from people, to empathize, and to look for what every … Continue reading

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November 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

In response to the claim of the Wall Street Journal….

Riding home through the scenic mountains of eastern New York, across rural southern Vermont, weaving our way back to the state of New Hampshire, my mind wandered through the windows, … Continue reading

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November 13, 2011 · 5 Comments

the WEB

Seriously? There is nothing like networking. (This, coming from an Arts integration FANATIC!)  And honestly, it is the world of blogging that reveals this not-so-secret, powerful world to me.  You … Continue reading

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November 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Use your schema, avoid confusion! (or at least avoid oxidization…)

Teaching kids to use their schema, not just possess it, is one of the toughest skills to teach.  When you think about it, though, actually applying this skill, is hard … Continue reading

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November 6, 2011 · 6 Comments

A not-so-brief, brief follow-up…

As I re-read my previous post, I realize I left out an important detail.  Last week, someone on Twitter posted this article- my eyes fell on the title and I … Continue reading

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November 5, 2011 · 4 Comments

Process. It’s a process. Let’s all stop to process.

I know.  After two weeks, you are all probably thinking, she lost momentum- had nothing to say. In truth, I had so much to say, I could not even sift … Continue reading

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November 2, 2011 · 3 Comments

Everyone needs one.

The theme of the week in my world?  You don’t know everything.  And won’t.  And can’t! Well, obviously I know that, but I embrace the reminders, especially as I reflect … Continue reading

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October 21, 2011 · 4 Comments

On the common desire for an intelligent, contributing society

Truly, we all want the same thing: A well balanced, educated community, with happy students ready to enter society as literate contributors. After the overflowing negativity in New Hampshire press … Continue reading

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October 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

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