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Teacher, Educate Thyself

Teacher, Educate Thyself

During times that I feel overwhelmed, I shut down. This self-protection mechanism doesn’t work well for me, because when I feel overwhelmed and go into hiding, not much gets completed. This leads to more things to do. I totally understand this about myself. I do it when going to pay bills (the money is THERE, but I procrastinate it until I’m feeling anxious about my finances). Totally curable. I do it with with school work. I’ll find a million other…

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Ordinary People

Ordinary People

Maybe it’s obvious to me because I grew up surrounded by celebrities – Newport Beach, California in the 70’s – home to and vacation destination of many Hollywood stars. My sister’s baby shower was hostessed by Nancy Ebsen, wife of Buddy (“Jed Clampett”, “The Scarecrow”, “Barnaby Jones”). My family had dinners with “Tarzan” (Ron Ely), President Nixon’s Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler, and we have a photo of my sister sitting on Lloyd Bridges’ lap. I went to preschool with Ethan…

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No Coffee – Just Add Love

No Coffee – Just Add Love

When Mari, my sweet digi-daughter, asked me to write for her project, I said “YES!” I love to write and take far too little time in my days to put “pen to paper”. Though outside of my doodling, I don’t much use pen and paper anymore. I love using a computer to compose, and being able to cut and paste to move ideas and sentences around.  I also love the ability to let some writing “simmer” (a term I stole…

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Blogging with Mari

Blogging with Mari

  So, I’m in Tennessee at another EdTechTeam GAFE Summit. Ro is being held captive by 5th graders on a tour of Washington, DC and Virginia, so the Ro & Mo show is on hiatus. Although Ro has done two summits without me, this is my first without her & it feels AWK-WARD. Good thing that Kate & Mari & Jesse & Dee were here to introduce me to Crafty, Janet & Jess). The opportunity to out and play with…

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Featured Teacher

Featured Teacher

Featured Teacher: Andrea Johnson I decided to shine a spotlight on Andrea as our Featured Teacher this month because she has been so inspired by attending her FIRST EdTechTeam Summitand #gafe4littles conference. In addition, Andrea has sought out ways to make sure that her kindergarten students are exposed to all things #edtech! Lastly, Andrea and I have worked together for about 8 years before I moved to another school site. I love her willingness to try something new and her resilience.  Here…

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NEW Google Sites!

NEW Google Sites!

NEW GOOGLE SITES I have been using classic Google sites for a long time. I had finally come to terms that I had a love/hate relationship with classic sites. I used in constantly in my classroom, for professional development, and to teach myself new tricks.  However deep inside, I was sad. I was sad because when I would show someone how to use it…I felt that I was convincing myself to continue to use it more than I was convincing…

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Mind Blown

Mind Blown

… and not because of one particular revelation or moment. My mind truly does feel blown and I’m hoping this weekend will restore it somewhat. (1) My daughter arrives from Nashville tomorrow, and my son will be driving down from Anaheim. We’ll enjoy being together to watch my nephew (my children’s ONLY cousin) begin his senior basketball season, and then face the harder task of sharing memories of their uncle (50 years old!) at his “Celebration of Life” on Sunday….

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When Things Go Wrong

When Things Go Wrong

Yesterday was a frustrating day, but at the end of the day I had some good life lessons to share with my students: First thing off, our “specials” teacher had a substitute, and the substitute went to the wrong school. That wouldn’t be so bad if our school wasn’t the one in BFE and her travel time ate into my prep time by 20 mins. Then, we had no substitute for our RSP teacher, and we had to negotiate those…

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The Assessment Cycle – and TIME; we’re NONSTOP!

The Assessment Cycle – and TIME; we’re NONSTOP!

So I waited the dreaded 60 days, re-took the Level 2 Google Certificated Educator exam and PASSED! Hooray! This time was just as stressful, if not more, than the last since a *fail* here would have, seriously, crushed me. But, I knew what I knew and I was sure that if I didn’t freak myself out and linger too long on any of the multiple-choice questions (I have always HATED multiple choice; I try to out-think the exam), I would…

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AdobeSpark and COL16

AdobeSpark and COL16

AdobeSpark is free design app that is accessible on a desktop and mobile device! It is easy to use. Create posts, videos, graphics in minutes.   I decided to write this blog post using AdobeSpark! Click on the image and enjoy!