Creation, not Consumption – Technology Use in Schools/Districts

Recently I was asked to answer some questions about technology use in schools and districts. I wanted to share my reposes here: -What do you all see as the major issues with students using technology and the internet at school? How have you/we tried to combat these issues? Students are often more technologically-savvy than their […]

10-Part “Advanced Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind!” Part 1 – Fundations Progress Monitoring Sheet

On February 16th, 2017, I gave a presentation to a packed house entitled “10 Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind (plus some tips and tricks).” Here is the description of my talk (you can skip it if you were there 🙂 : Google Sheets is a free online data management tool that is part of […]

Citation Makers – Should the Students Cite by Hand, or is Technology Better?

In a recent discussion in a Facebook Group, a teacher asked “The teachers in my new English department are completely against online citation makers. They feel that they (the websites) occasionally make errors and kids should learn all the commas, semi-colons, etc. of typing their own citations. I respectfully disagree and believe the most important […]

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

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 […]

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

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?

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?

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

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

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 […]