Are Universities are Harming Education?

This one is probably going to ruffle a feather or two. Heck, maybe the whole bird. Upon reading the title, one might wonder how a university can hurt education. Well, let’s delve into it a bit.

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The Importance of Culture in a School

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I have been in many schools ranging from high performing to struggling. I have gotten pretty good at guessing school performance when walking into a school for the first time. No, I am not a mind reader. So, what’s the trick? Continue reading

A Great Day of PD with @ronclarkacademy and @edtechteam

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We had the opportunity to see one of the most energetic people I have ever seen in education again today. Ron Clark came to town. For those of you who have never had the opportunity to see/hear Mr. Clark speak, make the opportunity. It’s worth it. That, coupled with a session from Ed Tech Team made for a great day. Continue reading

Summer #Coding Camp at MSU #girlswhocode

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This summer, my daughter was blessed with the opportunity to attend a summer girls coding camp at Mississippi State University. The university dubbed this camp Digital Divas. To say it was a great experience for my daughter would be the understatement of the year.

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Working in Groups vs Group Work

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Group work, collaborative groups, peer groups, buddy work, whatever you want to call it, it involves kids theoretically working together. In elementary schools, group work is quite common. Having taught 2-4th grades for 10+ years, we can tell you, group work happens. For some reason, as kids advance in school, group work changes, or disappears entirely. It’s a shame. Continue reading

Education Conferences, are They Really All That?

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Education conferences. I have been to many of them in my 15 years of teaching. As a new teacher, just starting out, I thought they were the greatest. And they were… sort of. As I grew, and continue to grow, as a teacher, I am becoming increasingly convinced, there has to be something better.

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How to be an AMAZING teacher!

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If you teach, you probably want to be known as being that “amazing teacher” on campus or in your district. It is an admirable desire for teachers to have. I mean, what could possibly be wrong with wanting to be that teacher who kids remember for a lifetime? So, what does it take to be that teacher? Continue reading

Ipevo Wireless iZiggi HD Document Camera

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Document cameras are useful. As a teacher, they are great for displaying a book, student work, etc. The only drawback has been that you must have the camera in close proximity to your computer…. Not anymore.

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Why the Whys Matter More Than the Whats

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Whys and Whats… it’s all about the whys and the whats. For years, decades, centuries even, teachers have regularly engaged in dishing out the whats… giving fact after fact. My question is, does it really matter? Continue reading