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  • Giving Thanks, On Optimism, Courage, and Candor

    On Optimism:   As a cancer survivor, I can assure you that the only thing that saved me was a small voice inside of me that suddenly started screaming, "Life is worth the effort!" I wanted to live for granddaughter Morgan's wedding. I wanted to be at all our grandkids' weddings, too.   Her little hands, smiling face and voice gave me strength when there was none. Only my optimism remained during daunting times and a life beyond wh ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Thursday, 15 November 2018
  • Keyboard Warriors and Social Media Muscles in Schools

    NEWSFLASH: There are people on the Internet that don't like each other. There are people that don't like each other in person too, but today's pitfall of technology has enabled a myriad of people to partake in voicing their opinions in a whole new* way (*new, being about 20 years at this point). Recently, a childhood friend of mine was sharing his thoughts on a recent experience he had while in the store and came across someone who talked a lot of trash online. He referred to them as "Keyboard W ...

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    by Jay Eitner | @Jay_Eitner
    Tuesday, 13 November 2018
  • Ask These Questions About Time to Evaluate Classroom Technology Integration

    Devices in classrooms can empower students when used effectively. But how do teachers know if they are integrating technology effectively? Here are questions to ask about time that help teachers use effectively integrate technology.  What percentage of time are students in creative apps such as Synth, Tour Creator, ThingLink, Jamboard, Canva, Flipgrid, Google My Maps, Google Sites, etc? What percentage of time are students in Google Docs or a word-processing tool? ...

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    by Tom Mullaney @TomEMullaney
    Sunday, 11 November 2018
  • Why You Gotta Make Me Keep Writing So Much?

    Teaching writing to seventh graders is often quite tedious.  Most of the kids really don’t want to write and, if they do, they don’t want to go through the arduous process of revising, editing and re-writing.  Still I love what I do…most days.  This year, I am really enjoying using our new software that allows me to monitor, from my screen, what every student is doing on his/her screen.  What is really cool, is that I can enter any student’s essay at any time from my desk an ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Saturday, 27 October 2018
  • Is the Bar Too High? ESSA, Scores & Elections

    Just my Opinion, but…. JUST SAY NO to standardized testing. It’s time. Right before elections it’s turning into a political football, local, state and federal. At the national level, the leap to ‘for profit’ schools, slaps us into the face of reality. Tests. Lower the bar, fix or dump the tests? A conundrum. Is the bar too high? If no kids can reach that bar, what’s next? Same thing, same results, right? Or what? Is this the way to judge schools, teachers and children’s future success in our c ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Friday, 26 October 2018
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7 Apps Every Teacher Should Put on Her Christmas Wish List

Vicki Davis with Meri Walker

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Our guest is doing amazing work with apps and art, and brings us a list of great digital tools to engage your student's.

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Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance and Heading for Burnout

Vicki Davis with Alicia Roberts

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In this segment, we talk about the dangers of  teaching without balance.  What is balance?  How does balance lead to burnout?  What are the red flags that signal you are slipping into the danger zone?  What should you do?

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Teaching Memories: A Few of My Favorite Things

Vicki Davis with Rodney Turner 

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Keeping with the spirit of the season, we ask our guest to reflect on a few of  the things he loves about teaching..

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