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 »

Just a Quick Update

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Wedding planning is hard. I keep telling people that things are going okay, but I’m really starting to freak out and I’m getting to the point where I don’t want to do anything because I’m just afraid it’s going to get messed up. (My perfectionism causing problems again, I see.) What am I learning in this? Patience, definitely, but I… 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 »

Running (Or Lack Thereof)

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Hello readers. At least, I hope there are still some of you out there! Helloooooo? ahem. (I feel like every post is an apology for not writing…anyway…) One of the biggest things I’ve been failing with is time management.  Well, maybe not.  Right now, I am: Teaching full time (and logging lots of non-paid overtime hours correcting and planning–because I… 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 »

A Wonderful Weekend (Part Two)

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Good day! I have a few announcements to make here at Learn for a Lifetime! Announcement Number One: I have decided to stay in my current position.  After many hours of prayer, examination of my gifts and how they would fit with each ministry, I knew that God had it in his plans for me to continue at Trinity.  I… 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 »