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March 15 #SOL18: The Art of Packing

Wheels up in 12 hours and as always the conundrum of what to pack. Seems like it should get easier the more you do it.  It doesn't for me. My 6th grade teacher Mrs. Sherman left me these wise words,... Continue Reading →

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Why Together We Are Better

In the 1990s Simons and Chabris conducted the following experiment at Harvard: Rolf Dobelli, author of The Art of Thinking Clearly states that, The monkey business test is considered one of the most famous experiments in psychology and demonstrates the... Continue Reading →

How I Use Mathletics in an Elementary Classroom

Mathletics is one of the resources available at our elementary school to help deliver the math curriculum. In this post I want to highlight some of the features of Mathletics so that you can decide whether it might be something... Continue Reading →

Use Google Forms to Manage your Classroom Library

Over the years I have tried many a system for checking out classroom library books to students. Some systems were too onerous on teacher time. Some systems didn’t provide sufficient accountability so books would permanently be borrowed never to return!... Continue Reading →

#MarsChallenge: Design Thinking the Future of Edu

It all started with one question ... What if we had a chance to build a school from scratch? On Mars. And so with a great idea from fellow educator @ajjuliani the #MarsChallenge was born. By chance, ten days before... Continue Reading →

A Teacher’s Guide to Integrating Writing and Coding in the Classroom

Hour of Code week is officially over but that doesn’t mean that coding in the classroom should be over too. So in my constant quest to integrate technology authentically in the classroom I came up with this solution for how... Continue Reading →

3 reasons to integrate Google Classroom with Readers’ & Writers’ Workshop

Click the image below to access the slides for the October, 2017 #KLsummit2017 presentation. I love Google Classroom. Why? Because in this case integrating tech allows me to redefine what is possible within a readers and writers workshop framework so... Continue Reading →

No internet? No Problem! Learning tech from an 8 year old

And so it finally happened. It was obvious really. Just two students giggling in the corner of the room staring at their iPads. So I walk over, slowly ... with the worst possible thoughts going through my head ... thinking... Continue Reading →

Working smarter: Form Publisher to the rescue!

Google Forms are a great way to collect data - but what do you do with all the data once you have it?  This conundrum was especially poignant given the redefinition of the electronic portfolio in grade 2 this year,... Continue Reading →

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