I just read a frightening and excellent post by Mark Hansen discussing homework in a real-life example with his son and immediately I wanted to comment on it. ?But then I realized that would be rather lengthy, so instead I offer this post. ?What is my problem with homework? I never use to hate homework…
During the summer before my first year of teaching, I was focused on building a classroom library, pinteresting a way to decorate my bulletin boards, and planning out class rules. However, I wasn’t thinking at all about how I’d set up my classroom. This was my original design. To me, it was perfect! My first… Continue reading Going Deskless… Again!
“Should teachers assign homework?” was the question I asked my students today. I thought I knew the answer, a resounding no I was sure, and yet, once again my 7th graders surprised me. While some pleaded for no more homework, many said they understood the purpose of it, that it was a necessary component of…
I want to reflect on a very recent personal experience that I had earlier this month. I was working on a big project, huge. It took me 4 grueling days to complete the research and the write up. About 6 cups of coffee and several hours into my 4th day of research, I was finally… Continue reading I didn’t fail, found an INNOVATOR’S MINDSET
Lately I have been exploring and learning by using my Makey Makey kit. (If you’re not sure what a Makey Makey kit is, check out one of my previous blog posts to read all about it!) One of the things I discovered was how much learning and creativity can occur simply by exploring for a… Continue reading LESSON: Student Created How-To videos
What is Collaboration? According to the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, in order to fully prepare today’s scholars to be productive citizens of the future, they must first be well versed in the 21st Century Learning Framework. This includes retaining content knowledge, learning and innovation skills, information, media and technology skills, life and career skills.… Continue reading Problem Solving Through Collaboration
In order to become an innovator, creative thinker and questioner, (and to get a good grade in my class, haha) I bought a Makey Makey creation package. The Makey Makey allows you to turn ordinary household objects into a keyboard / mouse pad for your computer! When I first opened the Makey Makey package, I… Continue reading Makey Makey Mental Math