Everyone Has a Backstory

Sad and Lonely

Tweet Be it out in the open, or shut behind closed doors, We all have a story – one that defines who we are how we behave the choices we make. When I looked inside one child’s story the other day I saw sadness and grief. And in another’s there was loneliness And another’s revealed […]

What’s Your Haiku Moment?

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Tweet Haiku is a short poetic form that seems simple, but can be very difficult to write if you want to stay true to the art form.  I have a limited knowledge of the true essence of haiku, but, like many teachers, tend to use it as a go-to form of poetry that students can […]

Retreat Registration is Open

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Tweet I. Love. April.  It is truly my favorite month to be a teacher.  (April 1st is probably the only first-of-the-month that I find myself totally prepared for…did I just admit that?)  Not only is it about the daffodils and spring, the warm sun and the new, green grass, it’s because it is both Jazz […]

Generate a Little Excitement in Your Classroom

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Tweet Today I felt inspired. Sometimes, I go into a day with a plan and that plan goes “‘bye ‘bye” once the day gets started. I love those days, because more times than not, my students end up getting something great out of my teaching and I get something great out of my students!  Not […]

Classroom Design – A Little Like Starbucks

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Tweet As teachers, we spend 7 (8, 9…) hours each day inside our classrooms, they become our second home. They magically expand with our growing class sizes…nope, just kidding, although I would love one of those expander spells they put on the tents at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of […]

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Museum Box

Tweet Again, Melissa comes to us with another great online program to try in the classroom- Museum Box.  What a great resource she is!  Please be sure to follow her at @mwedwards. ~EMP Several months ago, I came across Museum Box and shared it with elementary school teachers as a possible way to do some […]

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A Former Teacher and Principal Welcomes Music Integration

Tweet This Thanksgiving, I would like to give thanks to a special friend I have made on Twitter.  Richard Lakin has been a wonderful supporter (and retweeter) for me even though he lives across the globe.  (That’s the power of social media and a PLN!)  Today I would like to feature his article on the […]

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Playtime in the Computer Clubhouse

Tweet Our school has a “Computer Clubhouse.” It’s an extra computer lab where you can take an entire class without interfering with our computer teacher’s schedule. I try to use it every so often, but I always sign up for a time when we have one of our paperless days. Last week we had a […]

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LiveBinders – Online Organization

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Tweet Melissa Edwards is back to tell us about LiveBinders.  What’s more is she has provided a list of binders to use!  Thanks Melissa!  Be sure to follow her on Twitter @mwedwards.  She is a great resource for your PLN! ~EMP When I was a classroom teacher, I had a 3 ring binder for EVERYTHING! […]

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Edu Blogger's Balancing Act – Powered by Passion

How did I get here? I wonder that every so often as I find myself writing and checking posts, emails, tweets and DMs late into the night… typing, typing, typing. My desk is a mess and my head needs to clear, but there is still a smile on my face. Why? Because I’m following my professional heart and doing what I’m passionate about. I teach, I learn, I inspire – I’m an educator in the 21st century!

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Technology Every Day

Tweet Today, I am happy to bring you Cathy Brophy: a great friend, former colleague and important member of my PLN.  Her approach to being Tech Integrator is that of service to the teachers and in turn to the students.  She wants teachers to find a comfort with technology so that they use it as […]

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Social Media and the Classroom

Tweet What a hot topic this is! Do you friend students on Facebook? Do you follow them on Twitter? Do you use social media to communicate with students and families? Do you even want to go there?  Some teachers do not and others say that friending students online is a natural extension of their job […]

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Why use technology in education?

Tweet Here is a great post by Melissa Edwards.  I find this dillema to be so true: teachers are asked to use a tech tool and to make it fit with what they’re teaching. Or a teacher may find a cool tool and in wanting so much to try it, they find a way to […]

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A Special Educator’s Philosophy on the Importance of Educational Technology

Tweet Today’s guest blogger, Meg Wilson, comes to us with  a background in special education.  She has seen what opportunities technology can provide for all students.  Be sure to check out Meg’s website, www.ipodsibilities.com.  ~EMP Education today is changing with the help of technology. Students now have access to tools that allow them to enhance […]

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