Reaching Out to Like-Minded Educators – Exciting or Scary?

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I just had one of the coolest things happen. I received an email from someone who has a similar position in their school district, and she asked a few questions (I redacted her name and school, just for privacy’s sake): Hi Amy, My name is “Ms. Technology” and I’m a Tech Integration Specialist with XYZ School […]

Tech Tuesday – Using GradeCam to Scan, Score, and Assess on the Fly

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My district is into its second year of GradeCam. GradeCam, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is like the old-school scantrons we used to fill out in school, but with the added reporting and analysis features that help teachers formatively assess their students. The following Google Slides presentation addresses the following topics: Item analysis […]

Nice Kids Get As, Bad Kids Get Fs? Shifting from Chapter-Teaching to Standards-Teaching

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I can remember sitting in my classroom, with a pile of papers to grade. I’d take a cursory perusal of the stack, looking at certain students’ work. Smartest girl in the class? Wow, her work looks wonderful! Look how nicely she writes! Complete sentences? Check! Smartest boy in the class? Wow, his work looks great […]

Real Math v. Fake Math? Is Common Core Making Our Children Stupid?

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I saw another one of those “Common Core Math is stupid” posts on Facebook again today. The post introduced the idea of “Fake Math.” And here is my answer to that post (I’ll update if I get cussed out by any of my friend’s friends): So, I’m going to explain this in the “What has […]

Can Your Teacher Teams Answer These Reflective Questions?

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As our district moves through the OIP (Ohio Improvement Process), we are on our second year of TBTs (Teacher-Based Teams). Last year our TBTs didn’t come together as well as we hoped, so this year, we have some new strategies. One of those strategies to assist us in moving through the process is to ask […]

Chem Thoughts – 30 Chemistry Bell Ringers to Promote Scientific Thinking and Writing

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During one of our Teacher Based Teams meetings, one of our Chemistry teachers (who is also our science department head, honors teachers, and mentor teacher) had left up a slide she was using for her students to begin class. As they entered the room, one slide was projected on the Smartboard. The students would be […]

Using Technology to Present “The Four C’s of Supporting New Teachers” – Resident Educator Tips and Tricks #CFS2016

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On June 13th and 14th, I was fortunate enough to be able to present at the Battelle for Kids “Connect for Success” conference at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University. My Curriculum Teammates and I presented on “The Four C’s of Supporting New Teachers,” which revolved around our Resident Educator program in Massillon City […]

Live Blogging the “Back to the Future Classroom” #FlippedClassroom Presentation #CFS2016

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I’m trying something a little different today, and live blogging the presentation I’m attending at The Battelle For Kids “Connect For Success” conference in Columbus. The presenter, Dan Jones of The Richland School of Academic Arts, is discussing his Flipped Classroom approach. He created his  classroom, and then was asked to share it  with John […]

How Can Principals Keep Their Google Drive Files and Folders in Check? The File Cabinet Funnel System

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I don’t know about you, but my Google Drive is HUGE after this school year’s collection of Docs, Sheets, and Slides. I’ve created so many items, it’s almost overwhelming. I know it’s overwhelming for other teachers and administrators in my district as well. We share so much, create so many documents, and do so many […]

Teacher Interview Questions to Determine Expertise, Collaboration, and Fit

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Over the course of the last week, I have had the honor of participating in several teacher interviews for my district. It has been a fascinating process for me, because the principals I was observing had such an interesting style of doing interviews. The principals had concocted this interview protocol rubric, that had each of […]