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#Walkmyworld Totem

In this walk together we were asked to choose a totem that best represents ourselves. I thought long about this. I am not much of collector and hobbies will hopefully pick up when the diaper pail dries up. So I tried to consider what has been a constant in my life as I have projected…
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#Walkmyworld Learning Event Two:My Virtual High Fives

[caption id="attachment_1372" align="aligncenter" width="640"] CC BY-SA Holtsman, Maria. 36 High Five. Flickr.[/caption] Welcome to learning event two of #walkmyworld. AS we explore identities and how these get shaped by our online spaces. We want you to start and make virtual connections. Personal Learning Network I have an aversion to buzzwords in #edtech (especially when admin…
Amazing New Instrument for Leveling Books 0

Amazing New Instrument for Leveling Books

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="660"] CC 2.0 . US Department of Ed (2013) SAD_Hortons_Kids 104. Flickr[/caption]   I am proud to announce that I have developed the best tool leveling books. The best part, your district already pays for the service. The Leveling Debate A debate rages   around leveling books.  On one side you have…
Response to the @cshirky  ban on screentime 0

Response to the @cshirky ban on screentime

Clay Shirky, a public intellectual we often cite first when discussing new media just published a piece on Medium describing why he has instituted a ban on screen time during his class. Shirky supports a well articulated position by citing much of the research into multi-tasking. I do not challenge this work. I know multitasking…
Why I Teach Literature Classes 2

Why I Teach Literature Classes

Why do stories endure? I begin each section of my Children's Literature and Literacy classes with this question. Yet I never truly knew the answer until now. Literature endures because it heals, it hurts, it happens. This past week my  nephew succumbed to a horrible disease called leukodystrophy. As family and friends gathered the question…
My Summer of Sci-Fi 0

My Summer of Sci-Fi

I continued my tradition of sticking to a genre during the summer between semesters. As I traversed the halls of high school I hung comfortably with historical fiction. Last year I focused on the summer of zombies. This year I broke from the brain hungry to focus more on the brainy. Science Fiction. I never…
Take the #Edchat #BurpeesforBobby Challenge 0

Take the #Edchat #BurpeesforBobby Challenge

Hey #edchat can you share a reflection on this year’s first day? To celebrate the first week of school, and to highlight the power of being a public educator I am issuing a series of challenges in the online spaces where I make, play and learn. All of these challenges revolve around supporting my brother,…
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GearUp-EdReform that Works

Since 1984 we in the field of education have focused on standards. We have declared we are "A Nation at Risk." We needed new standards, more accountability. Our schools are failing and our scores on International Assessments fall well below other countries. No where is it mentioned that when we control for the affects of…