2017-07-31 – A Whole New World

Technically I started back to work last week, and this week we begin the welcoming party for the new teachers. I am very happy and excited about the start of another school year and it’s going to be amazing fun and learning. The introductions were fast, furious, and empowering. The highlight, for me, was theContinue reading “2017-07-31 – A Whole New World”

2017-07-25 – Ipadpaloozaca & a Pirate

The first day back to work and I’m so stoked to start the new school year with IpadpaloozaCA and the opportunity to learn and get better together struck twice with both keynote speakers Dave Burgess and Carl Hooker. Both gentlemen are incredible speakers, fun, entertaining, and knowledgeable. Meeting one of my eduheroes is the most excitingContinue reading “2017-07-25 – Ipadpaloozaca & a Pirate”

2017-06-02 – Day 23 – Last Day

The combination of working on so many things, being pulled in so many directions meant the beginning of summer was especially important to pull back and refill. The last day of school with students, while I would miss our good times together, I have to admit, I was all like…. Especially considering we have anContinue reading “2017-06-02 – Day 23 – Last Day”

2017-06-01 – Day 22 – Report Cards

Following a great recipe from The Classroom Chefs, I wanted to give my students the opportunity to grade me and to make a note to warn my future students what to expect from a class taught by me. My premise is simple, the students were asked to fill out an anonymous template that graded meContinue reading “2017-06-01 – Day 22 – Report Cards”

2017-05-30 – Day 20 – First Rep

One of the things I was excited about trying out is two new learnings: The splat series from Steve Wyborney and the numberless word problems from Brian Stockus. Here is my chance to do the first rep with another class….mind you this is the last week of school, a minimum day, and I’m playing theContinue reading “2017-05-30 – Day 20 – First Rep”

2017-05-26 – Day 16 – Finals Day

Wow, the day is almost over and the grading is done with all my finals. I always forget how much I dislike grading, especially when looking at student thinking. Today, we had our last of the finals, with one week to go! Something that stood out today that I am so proud about with respectContinue reading “2017-05-26 – Day 16 – Finals Day”

2017-05-25 – Day 15 – Graduation Season 

So this marks the beginning of a very busy graduation season for the next few weeks. Friday, last week, we watched two of my students graduate from college. Today, we watch as my wife’s cousin does the same. We had a hard time finding her, but we did here. A great treat, and much moreContinue reading “2017-05-25 – Day 15 – Graduation Season “

2017-05-24 – Day 14 – 360 Math Collaboration Finals Review

State testing finished two weeks ago, warming weather, and multiple field trips all indicate the sun is setting on the 2016-17 school year. The looming giant of finals is the final hurdle many of our students are left with in ending this school year, and here we sit investigating this idea. Getting students the opportunityContinue reading “2017-05-24 – Day 14 – 360 Math Collaboration Finals Review”

2017-05-23 – Day 13 – BreakoutEDU

An amazing teacher was inquiring about the use of BreakoutEDU having heard about it at some point. A “little birdie” in the form of one our equally amazing technology TOSAs let her know I have some of the boxes and am willing to demonstrate. She reached out to see if I’d be available to showcaseContinue reading “2017-05-23 – Day 13 – BreakoutEDU”