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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...

showdown redux

8 months ago Rob (@rlanglands) and I engaged in a showdown over whether or not schools should limit a student's access to the web. As our fourth course winds its way to completion this week's conversation topic led us to an interesting debate at the dinner table and...

a future for all?

How's your Esperanto? My Esperanto sucks! And until just two days ago, I didn't really know much about it except as a punchline to many jokes. Like most inventions, Esperanto was a good idea... in theory!  Created in the late 1800s by the Polish linguist, L. L....

gettin’ our game on

A few months ago, I heard my husband tell my children that they could "level up" if they did the dishes properly. It was as if he lit a fire under their bums because they'd never washed the dishes better... the first time! After looking at the beautifully gleaming...

problem making

I have always been a slight over-achiever. I like to do well. I've always liked to please my teacher (can you hear me groveling @brandonhooverr?). And I've always tried to make a name for myself and set myself apart from my peers. These expectations benefited when I...

flipping over

While organizing my morning fix in the staff room this week I took the opportunity to talk to a smattering of colleagues about how they are integrating technology: TEACHER 1: "I integrate technology every day. We use the classroom computers as a reading station. We...

don’t wimp out!

The problem   As President of our school's elementary, my daughter has been tasked to make an introductory video for an upcoming assembly. Simple enough...for me, a somewhat tech-savvy adult, but my daughter is 9: she has only had her school supplied slate...

who the heck

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