P-Day 2015

One of the current buzz words in education is Genius Hour…aka 20% Time…aka Fed Ex Day…etc. If you were doing some kind of self-directed learning in your classroom before the buzzwords hit twitter you might feel some pressure to give your “normal” class time a new name to fit in!  I admit, a couple years…

Dear Ms. Roache,

A note I just wrote to my daughter’s math teacher… Hi Theresa, Just a quick email to say thank you for being such a positive influence in Annie’s life this year.  I suppose all teachers to some degree know that their words and actions have the ability to make a difference in kids live’s, but…

DIY Smartphone tripod hack

This week we were filming our RSA style videos.  We attempted to do it in a new way that classrooms with no school available technology and no expertise necessary could complete them (except tripods).  We need one more day to upload, and then hopefully I will get a chance to reflect here on our RSA “lite”…

What’s his problem?

Because blogging is cheaper than therapy…I just need to clear my head of something… He doesn’t do his homework. She just sits and does nothing. He doesn’t ask any questions. She doesn’t pay attention. He was offered extra help and did not come back. She was given a study sheet didn’t use it. He just…

Tell me a story…

I have to give credit to a twitter convo between @wmchamberlain, @spencerideas, and @shareski for being the spark for this post. Have we forgotten how to hold kid’s interest without tricks? I heard a storyteller once tell a tale that I have not forgotten. I can remember that she walked to the front of the…

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If a kid does not ask the question for what the information they are being taught is the answer, then the information will not stick and it will have no consequence in their life. A good classroom environment is always placing kids in a situation in which each student is asking personal questions that beg…

Imaginary Friends…

Just sent this home to parents: Every morning when your kids walk in there is a whiteboard with some life changing information on it, some kids claim it is filled with witty nonsense, and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  Of course today is April Fools Day.  We had the obligatory loose change…