A Sense of Wonder

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Our STEM classroom was recently blessed with the addition of a 3D Printer. Now, we had a few small printers last year, but they gave us some trouble and haven’t been used much. Our new printer is bigger, faster, and louder. Whenever the students come into the room and they hear it running, there is always a big crowd around… Read more »

The Power of an Open Door

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Admittedly, due to some Issues I’ve been having recently in this thing we call life, I’ve been feeling moody. There’s so many things to be positive about right now, including the release of a collaborative book! (Yikes, I’m a published author now?? Who would have thought.) I’ve let myself wallow for a long time in this space, so I have… Read more »

Empowering Learners #TIES16

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My first time at TIES was last year, and I was very excited to be able to participate in this event again this year. The theme this year was “Empowering Learners,” and it reinforced how much student voice and choice is becoming a┬ánormal mode of education. I’m going to go ahead and publish this post; check back for further thoughts…. Read more »

Jesus Paid it All

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I know I’ve saved the majority of posts on this blog for educational purposes, but I was typing a response to a group of Christian educators, and it turned out much longer than I intended it to be. I watched this video, and I was inspired to write my response below. I’ve been tripping myself lately — procrastination, perfectionism, not… Read more »

Hello world!

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After months and months of sitting on this domain, thinking about what I was going to do with it, procrastination and more procrastination, I’ve finally migrated my content from my old wordpress.com site, and here we are! I know almost every post in this blog of mine says things like “I’m sorry I haven’t written in a long time…” or… Read more »

My STEM Wish List

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The countdown is getting closer to single digits! In┬ájust over two weeks I’ll be welcoming a batch of Kindergarten through 6th graders into my new STEM classroom! I’m so excited (and, admittedly, nervous) about starting in a new school, with new families, a new district, and a whole new program for the district. Because I’m me, I’ve been scouring Twitter,… Read more »

Reflections on #edcampHome

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to participate in my first ever virtual edcamp. (For those of you wondering what an edcamp is, I wrote a little bit about my previous experiences here.) EdCampHome is different from other edcamps in that it’s not a face-to-face in person experience. All of the sessions took place over Google Hangouts On Air. Session topics… Read more »

Teach Like a PIRATE Book Whisperer

Yadda yadda, haven’t posted in a long time. Course load increased, prep time decreased, musical production, mentoring a first year teacher, supervising a pre-service teacher, etc. etc. etc. BUT I just finished reading Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s our book for our WELS Book Club this summer. We’re discussing Part 1 of the book… Read more »