Saturday, March 10, 2018

Post #9: Mindfully Integrating Technology

I recently stumbled across an old assignment from a technology class taken in my final years of college. As I read through some of my thoughts and ideas, I couldn't help but sink a bit deeper into my couch with a bit of chagrin.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Post #8: BreakoutEDU

About a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to experience my first escape room, Asylum, and it lived up to the hype with the perfect combination of logic, wit, and creepy! Fast forward just a few months and I found myself with a couple of teammates engaged in a session hosted by Sarah Stuhr and Crystal Miller featuring an engaging, inquiry-based activity...BreakoutEDU!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Post #7: "Alexa..."

It started innocently enough as a Christmas gift from a student two Christmases ago.  After running into her mother in the hallway, I thanked her for the Echo Dot and told her daughter to start thinking of ways we could use it in our classroom.  Her mother immediately intervened and said that wasn’t necessary, reassuring me that wasn’t the intent and that it could be enjoyed to listen to some music at home.

So for the remainder of the year, I did.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Post #6: Kindness Changes Everything

R.J. Palacio’s book, Wonder, has always held a special place in my heart.  It was a gift from my mother during my first year of teaching and like many first-year teachers, I found myself consumed with my first classroom and all of the responsibilities that came with it.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Post #5: Power of the Podcast!

Last year was a year full of learning and I can’t be more grateful for all of the resources and thoughts being shared via Twitter.  The ability to have access 24/7 to innovative and like-minded educators has been so valuable to my personal growth as an educator...but at times, it has also been an overload of information! I’ve learned the value of taking the time to disconnect and also to spend my time browsing topics specific to my particular need for the moment.

Last fall, I discovered another great way to access similar resources and bits of information that has changed the way that I connect with others and process new ideas!