It’s hard to believe that I am writing a blog post on techy ideas to start the school year strong. Didn’t I just write a blog post on finishing the race strong?! Nevertheless, the new school year is quickly approaching – like, in less than 48 hours. Over the summer, I spent a lot of… Read More 5 Techy Ideas to Start the Year Strong
In the last few months, I have led several sessions (in and outside of my district) on the benefits of using Twitter for professional development. (Here is a link to my session.) Usually, there are two types of educators in this session: 1.) Educators who have a Twitter account but rarely use it; and 2.)… Read More TweetDeck: Maximize Your Twitter Experience
When I first began working at my school site, our students were given a year-long, physical agenda to track their daily assignments. As a school policy, our students were required to fill this out and teachers would sign/stamp that students had filled out the daily agenda at the beginning of class. It was a great… Read More Calendars for Organization and Project Planning via Google Slides
It’s summer, summer, summertime! I hope that all of you have been enjoying your summer vacation. Mine feels like it just started and that the ending is right around the corner. Whenever summer vacation comes around, I know that I have to find ways to stay current and prepare for the upcoming school year. Below,… Read More 5 Ways to Prep for the Next School Year
Last year, I was introduced to Canva by Tom Mullaney and, ever since then, I have been addicted to this simple, graphic design software. Canva is a simple and easy-to-use graphic design software that consists of thousands of free templates for infographics, social media posts, flyers, and more. The quality of Canva’s products is amazing – it’s… Read More Canva + Google Drawing AppSmash!
Recently, I had a conversation with a teacher who felt that technology in the K-2 level was not beneficial to students. Their concern was that the students were “too young” to use technology or that it would not be relevant for students. So, when I was invited to attend the K-2 Can Too conference by… Read More It’s True – K-2 Can, Too!
Every year that I have taught, there have been new fads or trends that has captivated the interest of my students. This year, I have noticed that the top 3 fads of my students are: Fidget Spinners Bottle Flipping Slime I have never been a teacher that has been bothered by the fads and trends… Read More Probability + Bottle Flipping = Fun Learning!
As I mentioned in a previous post, Statistics & Probability is one of my favorite units to teach during the school year. One of the reasons is due to the Statistical Research Project that my students complete each year. In this activity, students are tasked with creating a survey question and surveying 50-100 students on… Read More Statistical Research PBL – A HyperDoc + Smashboard Project
Statistics and Probability has always been one of my favorite units to teach in Math. I’ve always felt like this unit has so many real world applications that are engaging to students, so creating projects and activities based upon these concepts has always been an enjoyable and creative process. In this unit, my students complete… Read More Analyzing Shoe Sizes: A Measure of Central Tendency Slide Deck
In January, I challenged myself to apply to present at local conferences and summits. As I’ve mentioned before, this was entirely outside of my comfort zone but it was a challenge that I felt would help me to grow as an individual and as an educator. Nearly five months later, I have had the opportunity… Read More Riverside Summit: Five Ideas for the Classroom