Category Archives: School

Trying to Find my Voice

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Many of the successful blogs I read always seem to have “earth-shattering” information. Teachers find new tools to share and reasons to use technology in their classrooms. Food and fitness bloggers always seem to have the latest amazing workout or the new yummiest recipe that they’ve just whipped up out of nowhere. I’m just this person, writing a blog about… Read more »

Wherein I Still am Considering Ideas about 1:1 Technology

Our principal’s goal at our K-8 school of (approximately) 200 students includes plans to get rid of our computer lab. We have a 30-station lab with desktop computers that are running Windows XP. The majority of them have a Pentium 4 processor and are outdated. (Most classrooms also include one or two of the same desktop computer.) This year, we… Read more »

Mr. Miagi’s Rules for Students

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My family and I were in Cincinnati this weekend for my younger sister’s graduation. (Congratulations on your Masters in Genetic Counseling, Heidi!! We’re proud of you!) When you’re staying in a hotel, it’s inevitable (at least for our family, it seems) to channel-surf. As my brother and I were hanging out this evening, we stumbled upon The Karate Kid. (The… Read more »

iPads in Middle School

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EEEE! An iPad! For me!? Really!? I can’t wait! My principal is super-awesome and has allocated some tech funds in order for us to get two iPad 2s. They should be arriving sometime next week. As much as I’d like to take this sweet new piece of technology and make it mine and love it forever, I have to figure… Read more »

Seven Reasons to Blog with your Students

This week I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the use of technology in the classroom to help meet learning goals. The chapter I  read as an assignment for my grad class focused on evaluation of educational technology software and integration strategies. One of the activities focused on blogging as a class activity. One of the reasons I started this… Read more »

Metro-Milwaukee Teachers’ Conference

Today I had the privilege of presenting a sectional at the Metro Milwaukee Teachers’ Conference (MMTC).  My principal and I presented on the use of Technology as a means of Alternative Assessment. We started out with a Poll Everywhere question: “What skill is the most important to develop in our students?” We received lots of good responses! I’m thinking about using this tool in… Read more »

Music Players a Hit as Reading Incentive

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We use Renaissance Learning for its Accelerated Reader and STAR Testing capabilities. My homeroom class of 8th Graders have historically gotten about 60% to 70% participation in the program per calendar month. I knew there had to be a way to increase that number. In a conversation with the other teachers on our staff, I brought up the idea of… Read more »

Using Wikis to Teach Literature

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In preparation for my presentation on Technology as Alternative Assessment at the Metro-Milwaukee Teachers Conference in March, I pitched my original lesson plans for the novel Freak the Mighty and decided to to something different. The summer before I started teaching, I stumbled upon this book and practically devoured it.  The book is narrated by Max, a boy who has… Read more »

Divine Call Received – It’s Sort of Like a Job Offer

On Monday night, right after I was done on Skype with a few friends, my phone started ringing. It was from a number in my area code, so I answered, thinking it was a parent of one of my students. It was a Pastor from a church about 40 minutes south of here and he called to tell me that… Read more »

Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay

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This entry is also being used for teacher challenge #5 – using images in posts. Last Saturday, I was healthy and privileged enough to be able to participate in the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay. The Icebreaker weekend is a unique event which includes a full marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, and 5K. The neat thing about the races is that they… Read more »