Tag: school

  • Daily Dedication, Check-In Question, and Selfie-Bingo

    One of the things I love about teaching at an independent school is the opportunity to have “advisory time.” At my North Carolina school, I’m a seventh grade advisor again this year, and we have an hour after lunch for advisory every third school day. Today was our third advisory meeting of the year, and…

  • Space Club Dreams

    Shelly Fryer and I have a “slow hunch” that we should start a SPACE CLUB at school. Shelly and I are both “space geeks” and love sharing “all things space” with our students. My class “Wonder Links” frequently include videos and websites about space and space exploration. This past week, we watched and discussed both…

  • 15 Things I Love About My Classroom (and teaching situation!)

    I’ve been teaching and working in education since 1995. The past 3 years, as I’ve served as a media literacy teacher, instructional coach for our teachers, and (last year) an introductory Spanish teacher have been some of my best ever. Yesterday afternoon and evening, I recorded and edited a 17 minute video I titled, “15…

  • Minecraft Halloween Challenge: Lessons Learned

    Yesterday Dr. Glen Emerson (@emerson_glen) and I, along with four other teachers and my Minecraft-guru daughter, Rachel, facilitated an evening “Minecraft Halloween Challenge” for students at our school. We had 61 students sign up and 59 participated, in two different sessions from 4 – 6 pm and 7 – 9 pm. The kids had a…

  • How Are We Preparing Students for the Artificial Intelligence New Normal?

    This week at school we’ve been brainstorming and discussing qualities we want to see in our graduates as they leave our school and enter the wider world of college and work. Today among many other questions, I was thinking about automation and the ways we need students to develop computational thinking skills so they can…

  • An Invitation for You: Fall 2016 School Digital Citizenship Survey

    Faculty, administrators and staff at Casady School in Oklahoma City are interested in learning about your school’s approach to digital citizenship. We have formed a digital citizenship team with a mission to “equip & encourage students, parents, and faculty to act as responsible digital citizens.” This includes topics relating to Internet safety, responsible social media…

  • David Jakes on Learning Spaces (April 2016)

    David Jakes (@djakes) is not only one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet, he’s also an amazingly knowledgeable and articulate educator with fantastic insights into the design and redesign of learning spaces. He recently spent two years working with The Third Teacher (@thethirdteacher) helping organizations worldwide design and redesign learning spaces, and he’s continuing work in…

  • Changing Mindsets: STEM Is NOT Content Areas in Isolation

    As this fall semester has started, I’ve heard several stories about STEM classes and STEM teachers in other schools that have troubled me deeply. Some paraphrased quotations from new, full-time STEM teachers, have included: I’m going to teach some math lessons, and then we are going to do some hands-on science experiments. Later in the semester we…

  • Classroom Blogging Options (August 2015)

    Every classroom needs a moderated, online space where students can share their ideas with others and receive feedback. While blogging has “been around” and used in classrooms all over the world for more than ten years now, classroom blogs are still rare in many schools and communities. Like other kinds of technology, blogging platforms have…

  • July 11, 2015: Student Journalism / Storychaser Club 101 Workshop

    (cross-posted from Storychasers.org) Please register soon for a remarkable opportunity: A 4 hour, hands-on workshop including $150 of digital media production equipment, for just $20! This workshop will be held in Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center. The OPSRC is located at…