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I STILL Love BreakoutEDU

I STILL Love BreakoutEDU

When I first met James Sanders (and his dung beetle), it was January of 2015. We were in Las Vegas, and this was Ro’s and my very first EdTechTeam Summit. There’s a lot more funny backstory to that first Summit (it’s been told and will continue to be told, but let’s just say that we truly didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into and arrived… umm… illprepared? for a full day of learning), but this blog post is not…

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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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Come to the Table!

Come to the Table!

One of my favorite things to do during summer is to sit at the beach and read a professional book. It’s even more fun when the book’s author is a friend and I can TOTALLY hear his voice as I’m reading (especially in his amazing footnotes – I’m usually #TeamEndNotes, but John gets a pass!). So, yesterday, as temperatures at home flirted with 105*, I took off to the beach with a friend who will be teaching TK next year,…

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Big Flippin’

Big Flippin’

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of popping in to my friend’s summer school “credit recovery” geometry class. Kristan teaches Geometry during the school year and does a wonderful job on integrating technology into her mathematics instruction. Earlier last week, she mentioned having her students use Padlet (which I LOVE … see Ro’s post on that platform!) to reflect on a super-interactive lesson, and I asked, via Twitter,  if she had tried Flipgrid. She said that she was excited to…

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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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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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::: Dipping my Toe into the Blogging Waters :::

::: Dipping my Toe into the Blogging Waters :::

Here I go..! Pushed out beyond my comfort zone by a certain friend *CoughRosalindaCough*. As I said to her a few months ago, I had planned to ease into my retirement (7 years?) quietly. But, as a change addict, the temptation of bringing more technology into my classroom is just too great. I’ve never been afraid of *NEW*. I’ve never been afraid to fail. And I hope to show veteran teachers (read: old like I am) that it’s never too…

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TechFairy Voyage!

TechFairy Voyage!

BLOG!       Those words can strike fear into hearts, spread guilt and shame for those of us whom have started MULTIPLE blogs and FAILED! So why do we keep on doing it because we are looking for our nitch, acceptance, and our tribe (stolen by Kate Perry).  I know I have found mine and it has taken me this long and it feels GOOD! I am proud to say that I am a techy teacher that enjoys helping others…

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