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Relationships: Staying Connected to Parents

Building relationships with parents and guardians have always been important in education. You've heard it preached: reach out to every parent at the beginning of the school year to make positive "deposits". The reason we were given was not altruistic, though. The reason was somewhat selfish. The main goal was to have a enough positive… Continue reading Relationships: Staying Connected to Parents

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Digital Learning, EdTech, School Leadership

Apps for Education: Where do they belong?

Since mid-last year, we've been meeting monthly in a group we called "The Application Committee". Here, we review requests for new apps from teachers, instructional coaches, and other school personnel. We've been using a Google Form to collect this data, but found the Google Sheet was limited when it came to keeping track of next… Continue reading Apps for Education: Where do they belong?

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Tracking Student Progress

We track data all of the time in our personal lives like weight, steps, running speeds (maybe stealing those crowns on Strava...), and even how well we mow the lawn. This tracking is part of our motivation. So, how does this translate into our classrooms? Tracking student progress, according to Marzano, us about communicating a… Continue reading Tracking Student Progress

Financial Literacy, Leading Math

Car Insurance

Happy New Year! I believe in "practicing what I preach". For two years I taught financial skills to high school seniors, and recently I've had the opportunity to teach similar skills to adults. The lessons are a bit different as with kids the message was "Don't get in debt!" and the message with adults is… Continue reading Car Insurance

Digital Learning, Inspirational Videos, Leading Math, School Leadership

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you won’t be creative.

To educate the whole child, we must nurture their academic, creative, emotional, and social needs. We cannot just teach mathematics, science, language, and social studies, but we must allow time for music, art, and social interactions. There are many ways the educational organization can recognize and nurture creative and diverse students. One way to nurture… Continue reading If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you won’t be creative.

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Wrapping Up A Course in Digital Citizenship

As I wrap up my most recent course in pursuance of my master’s degree, I am taking the time to reflect. I have learned a lot about copyright laws and how we in education seem to be a bit ignorant about them. I also learned a lot of about the history of digital citizenship and… Continue reading Wrapping Up A Course in Digital Citizenship

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Cyberbullying – How can we help our kids?

Cyberbullying is cause for real concern in the 21st century as technology has become a significant part of our lives. In order to address the concern, however, cyberbullying needs to be defined. According to Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin, cyberbullying is “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other… Continue reading Cyberbullying – How can we help our kids?

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Copyrights – Did you know??

I learned something new this week! Even though I have taught my students about copyrights for the last two years, I never knew that it was housed in the Library of Congress. When reading a white paper by the Hudson Institute, my eyes were opened to many new things. The first thing that stood out… Continue reading Copyrights – Did you know??

Digital Learning

Digital Footprints & Net Neutrality

It is becoming an expectation that all students use technology in some respect to complete assignments at school. Between digital citizenship, net neutrality, and the discussion of digital footprints, educators and parents have a lot to think about. At a national and global level, I think an emerging issue regarding digital learning is the lack… Continue reading Digital Footprints & Net Neutrality