Devotion: Who is Blameless?

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Walk with me back to 2005, when I was a novice teacher. I wrote a devotion. I’m not sure what it was for–maybe it was for my 8th graders, or maybe it was for the teacher. (I’m leaning toward the former.)  I am cleaning out old files, and I found it as I was tossing things from my filing cabinet… Read more »

Google Wrap Up

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Hi friends! It’s been a few weeks since I blogged about the Google Education Summit at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The week went well, and my brain is still reeling from all the information we stuffed in during that week. My biggest takeaway will be using the suite of Google tools in my classroom.  Right now, I’m planning to have my… Read more »

Google Education Summit at Wisconsin Lutheran College #GoogleEduSummit

This week, I’m going Google! I will be spending the majority of my working hours learning about all things Google: Drive, Apps for Education, Talk, Voice, Podcasting, Digital Readers and Publishing, Animations… and most importantly, Chromebooks!! I’m really excited to have the newest Chromebook to use while I’m here — it’s making it so easy to follow everything. There are… Read more »

Happy (Cat) Mother’s Day!

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The title of this post is what my mother said to me when I used FaceTime to call her and wish her a happy Mother’s Day. (My mom and mother-in-law both live over 7 hours away from where my husband and I live, so it wasn’t possible for us to get away for the weekend.) What she said was true,… Read more »

Chromebooks and 1:1 Computing

This past week, I had the privilege of attending two different events related to Chromebooks in the classroom. Last Saturday was “Super Saturday,” at the Intermediate School in Merton, WI. Julie Reuter (@jgbluedevil) put together a GREAT site on how to use Web 2.o tools and Chromebooks in her blended classroom. She talked extensively on how they came to replace their… Read more »

Paper Crafts

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This week we have done quite a bit of work with paper. Cutting, gluing, folding and labeling have been our top priorities in science and art. In science, we are covering the skeletal system, so I found a site that had downloadable templates of a skeleton.  It was mainly for Halloween decoration, but it fit our purpose! My students have… Read more »

Ressurection

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Having a dead blog, a blog that hasn’t been updated in over a month, is worse than no blog at all. -Eric Dye, http://churchm.ag/church-blog/ Blessed Easter season to you all! It has been quite a month and a half here for us at school.  We are in the final weekend of preparing for our musical, Cinderella Kids.  We made it through the… Read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day

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I have to update my #FebPhotoaDay posts, and I’ll do that sometime soon, but I wanted to quick update today about the Valentine’s Day project we did in the 7th and 8th grade classrooms! Last week, I took photos of each student with them holding their fists out to their side. I edited the photos using Picnik (so sad it… Read more »

#FebPhotoADay Days 6 & 7

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Day 6 got a little messy because I had a two(ish)-hour meeting after school for technology purposes.  We’re getting rid of our antiquated computer lab, and looking to implement a laptop cart in the lower grades and do 1:1 computing in our upper grades.  We’re looking into Chromebooks for 6-8th grade and are still wondering what the best option will… Read more »

#FebPhotoADay Weekend: Days 4 & 5

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent most of my time correcting/grading papers and reading the book The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman.  It’s a bit outdated, but the concept is this: if an object needs directions or labeling, it’s poorly designed! I chuckled at his comments on how “someday” we will have appointment calendars and… Read more »