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Why Teachers Should Have a Twitter Account

I wrestled with the idea of creating a Twitter account for a while. I was unsure how it would work being a young teacher.  I had a personal twitter account in college, but deactivated it during my student teaching.  I first imagined that I would use Twitter to remind students of assignments and occasionally tweet… Continue reading Why Teachers Should Have a Twitter Account

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What Students Think About Standards Based Grading

I started standards based grading for the last quarter of this school year.  My students had to adjust part way through the year to the new system as well as a new achievement (progress) report.  I started standards based grading to help students focus on learning and not on chasing a number grade.  Here are the… Continue reading What Students Think About Standards Based Grading

Classroom Projects

Let’s Finish our Class Set of Calculator

Current COMPLETED DonorChoose Project – Calculators This project start on 5/13/15 and was fully funded on 5/24/15! Only 11 days! I am very pleased to say that this project has been fully funded.  We now have a class set of Casio graphing calculators! It is crazy to think that just a few months ago I was… Continue reading Let’s Finish our Class Set of Calculator

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Calculating a Final Grade using Standards Based Grading

This post as been changed from the date I originally posted it (5/11). There are minor changes in the body.  The major changes to move the conversation forward are in blue (5/14) I have been piloting Standards Based Grading (SBG) for the last quarter of the school year. I am 5 weeks into the quarter.… Continue reading Calculating a Final Grade using Standards Based Grading

Classroom Projects · Whiteboard Paint

First DonorsChoose Project

My students and I were very excited about our new whiteboard desks, but we had one looming problem.  We needed dry erase markers and lots of them!  It is amazing how fast you can go through a pack of dry erase markers teaching at a board.  Now I had 26 whiteboards for my students to… Continue reading First DonorsChoose Project

Classroom Projects · Goals · Whiteboard Paint

A Simple Innovation – Whiteboard Desk

In my original post about Big Ideas my second goal was to have whiteboard paint everywhere.  I can proudly say that we have made great strides in turning my room in one giant writeable space!  This post is a bit delayed, but over Spring Break I was able to paint all of my desk with IdeaPaint.… Continue reading A Simple Innovation – Whiteboard Desk

Classroom Projects

DonorsChoose and Stephen Colbert

A great surprise Today I found out that my latest project on DonorsChoose was fully funded thanks to Stephen Colbert, The Morgridge Family Foundation ‘s Share Fair Nation, and ScanSource! It was such a great surprise to check my e-mail and see that the project had been fully funded.  I was in a state of awe!… Continue reading DonorsChoose and Stephen Colbert