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DEIT – Word of Mouse Blog. Internet Catalogue. A class blog… quick, easy and effective. Earlier this year I started a class blog with my students.

A class blog… quick, easy and effective.

Before that I used to create a monthly newsletter for the class and sent a .pdf version of it to the parents via e-mail. We included what we did in the past month, what we were about to do in the following month and posted picures in the center. This was fun, the parent but took a pretty long time (avg. around 3 hours) at the end of each month… time that I usually didn’t have so I did it late at night at home. Here’s an example of one of our newsletters: When we started 3rd grade (I looped with my students from 1-3rd grade) I decided to make a class blog. 9 YouTube Tips and Tricks for Teachers. Hello there!

9 YouTube Tips and Tricks for Teachers

If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates and/or follow me on Twitter. Info on how to contact me is on the About page. Thanks for visiting! Using Voice Comments with Google Docs for End of the Year Projects by @CTuckerEnglish. I had a “just in time” professional development moment thanks to Jennifer Roberts and her video titled “Docs Voice Comments.”

Using Voice Comments with Google Docs for End of the Year Projects by @CTuckerEnglish

I wanted to share it with other educators as I know many of us are planning end of the year projects, assignments, and written pieces. These culminating assignments are incredibly time consuming to grade. I also wonder how many of my students carefully read the comments I make on these pieces since they get them back just as the school year ends and summer break begins. Lastly, these end of the year projects are finished products, so covering them with comments or editing directly on them may not be the most effective way to provide feedback.

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:Roll up your sleeves and get messy

From the Common Core State Standards in ELA: 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. In addition from the Harvard Writing Center: The second step is interpreting your observations. In pretty much all trainings and presentations I deliver about STEM learning, I stress how STEM is language intense. STEM learning is somewhat its own enemy because often the activity or experience involved is so interesting, intriguing or engaging (or all 3) that the students get excited and talk about it excitedly (and often parents voice how excited their child was when they came home) and teachers assume everything (or enough) important was learned. This is a powerful learning opportunity missed. “The second step is interpreting your observations. Regurgitated Alpha Bits. FUNSHINE.

Pedagogy vs. Andragogy. Over this last year I have been fortunate to have been sent to many education conferences on behalf of SmartBrief in pursuit of content and guest bloggers for SmartBlog on Education.

Pedagogy vs. Andragogy

It is a dream job for a retired educator and an education blogger. The intent is to always keep the educator’s voice on SmartBlog authentic and relevant. In that capacity, I have attended and conducted a multitude of workshops on various education topics. Since I am no longer in the classroom, and have no need to apply what I learn about current teaching methods in a classroom setting, I often attend these workshops as an observer, or even a critical observer in some cases. In conference after conference, and workshop after workshop I have observed successes and failures in the methods employed by presenters to get their material across to their audiences. Much can be learned as an educator by watching what works with a bunch of teacher/learners. ScienceFix - Science Fix.

Mr. Integrating technology in the elementary curriculum. The Principal of Change. Do Your Tasks REQUIRE Learning? This week, I was fortunate enough to be asked to represent my school district and attend Harvard University to take part in the Instructional Rounds Program presented by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Do Your Tasks REQUIRE Learning?

And now, as I sit on the plane on the way home (via Chicago and Calgary…groan) reflecting on the week, my mind is in a state of both mental exhaustion and tremendous intellectual stimulation in every recollection. The program was incredibly intense: there was no figurative dipping of the toe in the IR pool, but rather an intellectual shove off of a rocky cliff into a frothing ocean with your individual educational values feeling like a set of water wings there to save you.