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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...

it’s time to mine

So this is it. 4 weeks of serious research; 2 weeks of planning; 6 weeks of teaching; And too many hours of reflecting have all resulted in this. An integrated Farm to Table Minecraft unit. The unit is done and it was a whopping success!! The parents were confused but...

getting crafty

Dear Digital Friends, This post has been in draft form for so long I barely know what it's intention was anymore. But I am archiving it to cyberspace to shed all. This project may be a complete disaster! For those of you who relish in other people's failures... you...

forgive me COETAIL…

...for I have sinned. It's been too many days since my last blog post. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. In my defense, I've been swamped! Rob and I were still recruiting until just a few weeks ago (yeah, we're moving to Oman!), I've had a student teacher in my...

genius making

Being reflective For some reason, this year of teaching has led me to being quite reflective on my own learning experiences. When planning with my colleagues, I often think to myself, "I would have loved school so much more if I had had this learning experience" or "I...

liar liar pants on fire

Well dear friends, colleagues, and fellow COETAILers, we (@rlanglands and I) have been caught. We are slightly embarrassed about our last post. @brandonhoover called us out and others saw through our sham post. You're all right... it was a bit of a ruse but it was...

the magic of minecraft

My children have been obsessed with Minecraft for years. For me, the pixelated graphics and blocky characters were reminiscent of my first Atari so they were not something I was eager to investigate. But as my 2nd grade students have become more and more engrossed...

who the heck

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