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Learning Doesn’t Have to Stop When Teachers are Out Sick

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It has been a long time since I have had to take a day off for illness. In fact, I think the last time I was out sick was in 2011. I eat right, exercise, and take care of myself. My job comes with some stress, but usually not enough to wear me down. Like […]

Not Just Any Summer Assignment: A VR Summer Learning Experience

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This summer, I intend to go to Disney World and other parts of Florida, the Outer Banks, Ocean City, New York City, a Kansas City Royals baseball game, the Grand Canyon, the White House, a NHL Finals game, a cruise, and I plan to go to all of those places without leaving my house. How? […]

Blend Like a PIRATE

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I had been sailing on a clear course for about 13 years before I decided to drastically change course for blended learning. I’ve been on this blended learning course for about two and a half years now. I thought I had prepared well for my change in course, but there were many times early on […]

PC Load Letter: Not Anymore

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“PC load letter?!” Can’t say I’ve said that in a long time. I love G Suite for Education, so there is little need to get frustrated with the printer, let alone print things out. Unless that is, you want to print something with a 3D printer! At the end of January, I wrote a grant […]

“Hey Teacher!”…and Why You Should Never Hear That Again

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You’ve probably been there before. A student, frustrated with their hand in the airdecides it’s all of a sudden ok to yell across the room”Hey Teacher!”(they might use your name, but you get the point). There’s a good chance this isn’t a rare occurrence in your classroom. You’re awesome, so you probablymanage your classroomwell and […]

Enter the Twilight Zone with Blended Learning

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You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. I feel that opening part of […]

The Mouse King: Of Mice and Math

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What would you do if you found six mice in your home? How would you react? How many do you think would be in your home if you found six? Just six? More than six? How about 72. That’s right, 72. The other week I was at Home Depot waiting in the holiday lines to […]

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 […]

I Stopped Lecturing, Because I Want My Students To Learn

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“Small shifts in your thinking, and small changes in your energy, can lead to massive alterations of your end result.” ― Kevin Michel Yep. No More Lectures. Down With Lectures! Never Again Will I Lecture. And I encourage you to do the same. It took me 14 years to understand it, but now I know […]

3 Classroom Seating Arrangments to Maximize Learning

When most people think of a classroom, they think of a format something like this: Students all at their own desks, all facing the teacher, who stands in front of or next to the blackboard, whiteboard, projector screen, etc. Does this look like your classroom? If it does, that’s OK. It’s been used for a […]