This week, I’ll take a little break from technology to vent. I haven’t really given my thoughts on the current state of affairs, so I think it’s time. I live in New York State, where we have Raced to the Top, Common Cored the heck out of our curriculum, and responded to interventions. We have revamped so much of what… Read More
Close reading is the new buzz word, but here’s the deal, straight up, no lies…IT’S NOT NEW! Teachers from the beginning of time have “read closely” with their students. Looking deeply at text is what good teachers have done for ages. Common core standards have simply put into words what students should be able to do, but, I will say it again,… Read More
If you’re like me (and most teachers in my district), you have one (or less) iPad per classroom. This year marks the first year that I have been able to bring in my own iPad to connect to the Wi-Fi that is now set up! Woohoo! We are a small rural district in New York, and although we are getting there… Read More
I have a lot of favorite things, but Podcasts are definitely at the top of my list. This American Life, Stuff You Should Know, and Serial are some of my all time favorites. It’s not just learning, it’s entertaining. The conversations, the topics, and the hosts of my favorite Podcasts make me keep coming back for more. In the past, I… Read More
I always hated history in school, and even into college, I thought it was the most boring subject. I knew the basics of our country,but to be honest, I didn’t really have a buy-in or a true care. Most of this changed when I was involved in a federally funded grant program called, “The Teaching American History” program. Once per… Read More
As professionals, we are simply finding ways to improve our interactions with students. We are helping our students gather the information they need using the vast amount of materials now available at our fingertips. Just remember, a Blog, the Internet, and technology CANNOT replace the power that is the teacher!