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prototyping their learning

Using Design Thinking in the classroom can have meaningful effects on student learning and ability to solution make (rather than problem solve). But throughout my own personal learning journey most ideas I've come across have been a far stretch for the type of work I...

it takes a village

The adage says "It takes a village to raise a child." But in this case, it took a village (of students across 5 different countries) to write a story. Here is the journey of our Travelling Tales village: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNzy4MmyO5Q&t=2s and here is...

it’s more than a box

One of my favorite read aloud stories is Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. The premise of the story is simple and confirms how different children and adults look at the world. In the story, the rabitty-type creature sits, stands, and wears a box while "the adults"...

empathy leads to action

Each week, my students would come in from their lunch break with complaints about playground shenanigans. Often times, complaints went something like this, “And then the 2nd graders wouldn’t…” or “This 2nd grade boy wasn’t…” I couldn’t take it anymore. After a lunch...

what’s in your wallet?

If you’ve ever been burdened with the task of trying to make a survey, you’ve probably had a crash course in some aspects of Design Thinking. When crafting questions for a survey, you often have to focus on two key questions: “What do I want to know?” and “Will this...

redesigning my future

For the last few weeks, I've been thinking and blogging about personal learning. I started by examining the topic as it pertains to students. My school has been thinking about personalized learning too. A group of teachers created a list of 10 Effective Learning...

chasing success

In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of making learning personalized for students and educators alike. So I guess it's time for me to put it all out there and tell you about my own personal learning goals, how I'm going to get there, and how I'm totally...

getting personal

As educators, we make learning personalized for our students on a regular basis. There is no better way to pique a child's interest in learning than to make it about something they are passionate about: a sport, video game, current trends, their culture, etc. Just the...

new year, new look

Three years ago, both Rob and I were COETAILers in online Cohort 4. The professional growth we received, school-wide and global collaboration we were part of, and educational opportunities we offered our students made COETAIL an outstanding experience. So when the...

pretty good year

I love the song Pretty Good Year  by Tori Amos. Perhaps it's because I'm infatuated by her or perhaps it's because, as a teacher, I start every year thinking to myself, "This is gonna be a pretty good year." I then reapply that mantra to the term, month, week, day, or...

when did I know?

Many have asked me when I knew I wanted to become a teacher. Was I always born with the passion to teach? No (but my mom would probably disagree as she recounts a story about me standing in front of the neighborhood children who were all huddled on the grass while I...

taking action

Every time I write a unit I try to use Kath Murdoch's inquiry cycle. So when I finished my COETAIL Unit 5 project (utilizing Minecraft as a teaching tool for an integrated Farm to Table unit) I thought about what I tell my student's during Writer's Workshop, "when you...

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