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  It’s a bit outdated, but the concept is this: if an object needs directions or labeling, it’s poorly designed!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 »

Day 2: Words

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Day 2 of #FebPhotoADay called for “Words” and I was wondering for most of the day what would be my perfect photo. As I crawled into bed for the night, I realized I hadn’t taken a picture yet! I have the Book of Concord (the Lutheran Confessions) on my bedside table to encourage me to read some of it before… Read more »


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While I was browsing Pinterest, (a dangerous pastime, I know), I stumbled upon a post that someone in my network had Pinned. It was a 29-day photo challenge, using Instagram, for all of February. Here’s the schedule: Since my husband and I just got iPhones, I thought this would be a great idea to get me using the camera and… Read more »

Instructional Design

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I started writing this post a while ago, and then I saved the draft and forgot about it… here it is, finally! Happy new year! I hope in 2012 you learn something new every day! It’s been a busy start to the new year so far for me. The first weekend was spent halfway between our home and my in-laws’… Read more »

Have you tried ‘Glogging’?

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Howdy, friends! Hope the last few weeks have treated you well. I’m spending lots of time these days trying to keep up with teaching work and student work and I realized that y’all are probably feeling neglected again! Topic for today is about Glogs. What in the world are Glogs? I had heard mentions of them on Twitter a few… Read more »

Sock Monsters

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Our art project before Christmas time was one of the most non-traditional art projects I’ve done in my teaching career. (Definitely not a bad thing!) We learned a skill that has, in my opinion, declined quite rapidly in today’s society. We were sewing! First, we practiced on some scrap pieces of fabric. We threaded our needles, tied the thread, and… Read more »

Fitness Goals 2012

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One of the things that I did in 2010 that really fell off the “important” list in 2011 was a dedication to exercising.  In 2010 I started making sure I exercised, and I did a few 5K events, and topped off the year with a half marathon in December.  After the half-marathon, my dedication left me.  I finished another half-marathon… Read more »