Stick Pick: Promote Higher Thinking and Student Engagement

Stick Pick is an iPad app that helps you choose students at random to answer questions during student engagement. Stick Pick allows you to enter your class roster, or several class rosters. You can then categorize each student based on Bloom’s Taxonomy or ELL proficiency. After questions are asked,  the teacher can mark the student’sRead More

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Global Collaborative Project

Global Collaborative Project. Personally, the most satisfying and fulfilling teaching I’ve done all year was with the 2nd grade team of teachers and students in executing our Communities Around the World project. Here is a recap of the 2nd grade Communities Around the World-Global Collaborative Project presented with Timeline JS, a Northwestern University school of […]

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GCP: #kidcollaborate

Connection: This semester I began a Global Collaboration Project. A GCP takes away the walls of your classroom and connects students and teachers with others from around the world, through authentic and creative learning experiences. I made contact with a friend of mine that teaches first grade in Iowa. Our idea was to do a bookRead More

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PD for Librarians: Let’s Fix It

I’ve been a librarian for 13+ years and I’m still learning every day. Through trial and error on the job I’ve learned about Follett’s Destiny circulation system. I’ve learned that Shel Silverstein books will never go out of style. I’ve learned that the right book at the right time in the right kid’s hands will […]

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Designing Instructional Technology PD

ISTE Teaching Standard 5 calls for teachers to “continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.” ISTE Coaching Standard 2 requires coaching teachers in and modeling design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using … [Read more…]

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Module 5 Reflection: Professional Growth and Leadership

Reflection Overview Each year my school district asks graduating seniors to reflect on three questions: who am I, where am I going, and how will I get there?  Since I graduated from the district in which I am now employed, I too have been asked to answer these questions both as a student and as […]

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Tableau Training Reflection

“We help people see and understand their data. Eight words that drive everything we do. And they’ve never been more important.” -Tableau Stage 1: Selection of the Tools Tableau is a data visualization software that promises to make analyzing data easier.  With this promise in mind, I registered for the two day classroom training in […]

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