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Instant Pot, Instant Failure

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The Instant Pot I received for Christmas this past year sat for a few months before I even thought about using it. My wife would remind me frequently we had it and that I should try it (I do all the cooking in the house. She does all the laundry. Fair trade-off). When she would […]

Learning Pathways PD: The Gamification of PD

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Spring is here. The birds are chirping. The grass is growing. The weather outside is beautiful. So, what do you think teachers are doing on those beautiful spring evenings and weekends? Why, professional development (PD) of course. More specifically, gamified PD.Over the first 30 days of our gamification approach to PD, we have had our […]

Snow Day? Shovel Your Way Out

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It is 5:30 AM on a weekday during the winter and the phone rings. That can only mean one thing, SNOW DAY! I have to admit, at that moment, I do not feel like the 15 year veteran, sixth grade teacher I am, but rather, I feel like one of my sixth grade students. I […]

What I Learned from the Elf on the Shelf

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There I was at 7:00 AM, bleeding, blood all over my hands, kneeling over our family’s beloved Elf on the Shelf, Oliver, in the dining room, and my six-year-old daughter waking up and coming down the steps. It was my worst case scenario. My little girl was going to come downstairs and see me covered […]

Turns Out Teachers Are Mind Readers (Thanks to Recap)

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Imagine if you could hear every single student’s thinking, thoughts, and ideas on a topic, and respond to each and every one of them without finding time to schedule individual student conferences. Imagine if your students could let you know how well they understood the topics covered during the week. Imagine how much insight you […]

Survey Says…

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Throughout all of my 15 years of teaching, there has been one word that has caused me, my students, and my students’ families to shudder. If you are in education, and even if you are not, I am guessing you can figure out the word. The word is homework. Didn’t take you long to shudder, […]

So What’s the Difference?

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This is my 15th year of teaching, and this is by far and away my favorite year to date. It is not that I haven’t enjoyed my other years, but this year is standing out already as a special year. I have been thinking a lot of what is making this year my favorite year, […]

What Is a Ghost’s Favorite Pair of Pants?

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What is a ghost’s favorite pair of pants? This is the riddle I asked my 6th grade math class on a recent 3-part, Google Classroom assignment about dividing mixed numbers. The first part of this assignment was to model dividing fractions using Google Drawings. After that, they began attempting to solve the riddle. However the […]

Terrible Twos? Year Two of a Blended Learning Classroom

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Last year was a humbling year for me. After teaching 13 very successful years (at least successful as determined by standardized testing), I decided to I needed to try a new approach to my teaching. I could not and still cannot shake the idea that the way most of our students are learning today are […]

Plagiarism Software Is Not the Complete Answer

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A few months ago I came across an article in one respectable online magazine (don’t remember the author). The main idea of the article – teachers don’t really need plagiarism checkers because mechanical check has never been able replace a human. I can’t but agree with this thesis, but doesn’t your life become easier with […]

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