Thursday, August 20, 2015

We Skyped with Dr. Tony Wagner!!!

The culminating event of the second day of PBLNY was Skyping with Tony Wagner.

He was amazing!
My favorite quote from him was, "Hold me accountable for what matters most.".
So powerful!
He asked, "What is a school for in the 21st century?".

We need to create problem solvers.
These are the kinds of things that we need to be teaching our kids in the 21st century.
1. accountable teamwork
2. interdisciplinary courses
3. culture of classroom (empower students)
4. F - Failure - make a mistake
5. motivation (make a difference or do work worth doing)
Help teachers and parents understand what's at stake. Understand the world we live in.
Urgency for change.

Most Likely to Succeed
Show this in your community.

What content are kids learning?
What skills are they learning?
How are they being motivated?

Advocate for complete redesign of educating these children.

Give them regular opportunities to be architects or their own learning.

Personalized ~vs~ Independent Learning

Interesting read. 
Click on the picture above to go to the article.

I would love to sit and chat with Dr. Wagner.
What an interesting man.

Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

PBL NY Day 1 Michael Gorman

My first day at PBL NY I chose to go see Michael Gorman's presentation:
Online Resources That Will Amplify PBL in a Blended Environment.

If you ever want to have your head filled with so much information...go see him!
And.. this was comprised of TWO sessions! WOW!!!

I am going to try to put this into a format where you can understand all the notes I took at these sessions.

He talked a lot about:
Digital Citizenship
Learning Management Systems
Using the right tool for the right task
Keep it centered on student learning
Focus on the student not the initiative or device

One thing you can do is visit his website. There is a wealth of information there.

Here is one post that I think you will find helpful. It is one of four, so go check out all of them.

Yes, that says FORTY!!! Go check it out!

Here are some of the websites that he told us about. I liked that it was not all about student driven websites. These are also for classroom management, teacher information, as well as student information.

Mr. Gorman called this legalized texting. :)

This would be so amazing in the upper grade levels. 

This is a tool just like a "parking lot" with sticky notes online. 

It's a timeline. AWESOME!!!!!


Scrumy is a project management tool loosely based off of Scrum.

Who made this thing?

A few guys with ridiculous mustaches and inconsistent accents.

Why does Scrumy exist?

We were attempting to use Scrum to manage our projects, but the generic sticky notes we bought kept falling off the wall. We looked for online solutions to scrum, but all of them were too complicated and expensive. All we really wanted was an online version of our wall sticky notes. So we made one.

How much does Scrumy cost?

The original version of Scrumy is and will always be available for free. However, we did take some time to add a few extra features which you can get by clicking the upgrade link on your project. You can upgrade for $7/month, or $5/month if you prepay for a year. 

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere". The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization's website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. (Wikipedia)

Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core– aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.

If you Google...Google Advanced Search, I have found this is the easiest way to get here. You can limit your search to find exactly what you want.

An awesome resource for graphic organizers.

If you are looking for Driving Questions check out these websites.

Or if you want your Entry Event to be fun and animated...

I am going to stop here and let this all sink in. I know I had to.
I'll be back tomorrow with some more amazing resources to help you with your PBL and everyday learning in your classroom.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

You have to check out this GIVEAWAY!!!

Caitlin, over at Teach Inspire Change is having an AMAZING giveaway!

First of all, you have to visit her blog to see her relaunch. It is GORGEOUS!!!!
I Love, Love, Love it!

Second, you have to go over and enter all the giveaways! Yes, I said giveaways!
She has broken them down into grade levels and has a few extras in store for you. 
Shhhh....there are some freebies too!

Here's my little bundle. Click on the picture to head on over! 

Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PBL NY Day 1 Keynote Speaker Sam Seidel

I have had the opportunity to attend PBL NY again this year.
 Shout out to my district for sending me! Thanks Cazenovia Central School District!

It is an amazing conference full of presenters, educators, administrators, college professors, and experts.
If you want to know ANYTHING about Project Based Learning, this is the place to go!

I am going to have to break this up into a bunch of posts. There is WAY too much information for one or just a few. :)

PBLNY opened with Sam Seidel.

What a start to the conference!

This was Sam Seidel at PBL World 2013.
If you would like to watch his presentation, click the link. 

Mr. Seidel's presentation was about "What does PBL stand for?". 
How can we keep ALL students engaged and empire them as change makers?
What's your driving question?
What do your students love to do/make?
How can you make your projects "realer"?

Keep it REAL
Real World
Real Work

PBL prepares students to be:
successful in college
desirable employees
change makers

PBL can stand for:
Practice Before Life
Platform to Build their Legacy
Prevent Boring Lessons :)
Prepare Bold Leaders

As I am just touching a little on what Mr. Seidel spoke about, you should look him up. If you ever get the chance to go see him speak, he is outstanding, motivating, inspiring, and real.

He did all these things at schools. He brought in projects for kids to do that were real for them. He made them want to do well in school so that they could continue doing these kinds of projects. 
You have to check out his bio. He has done some AMAZING things!
I can't wait to see what he does next.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Right Smack Dab in the Middle of it All

I know a lot of you are preparing to go back to school soon. I can't get into my classroom until the last week of August. There are renovations going on in the high school, so the entire staff is in our elementary school. The high school principal is in my room.

So, half-way through summer and I'm itching to get some new products out. I had a request from Vanessa in my TpT store to make some hall passes. Thanks Vanessa!!!

Here is my first one. Simple, but so useful.

Hall passes. I have made them with an owl theme (of course).  I will be making more with other themes.

I can't wait to use these!

I am giving away a set on my FB page.
Head on over.
Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Make Your Own Masterpiece #TpTsellerchallenge

This one took me a while to decide what I was going to do. I use this as a Word Work choice during Daily 5, but I haven't liked what I was using. So, I created this. :)
I had something similar in my store, but it was not very user friendly.

Race to the Top is something that I have done since I started teaching. I love it, my kiddos love it, and my parents love it.

Head on over to check it out. It's FREE today!

I like to cut out and laminate each set of six so that I am ready for the week. I put them into baggies along with the recording sheets. 

I even send them home for homework. They LOVE it!!!

Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Last Day of School

The last day of school is always bitter sweet.
I have seen these children for 180 days (plus or minus a few). We have laughed, cried, been frustrated, celebrated, every emotion you can think of, we've had it in our classroom.

I'm going to be honest. :)
This year has been a rough one for me. It's been the first I have actively looked for another job. It's the first I have not wanted to go into school. Don't get me wrong, I love these children, but haven't you ever had a year when all the children together have not meshed the right way? You think to yourself, how on earth did they think that these children should be together? Well, that was my year.

So, now what? I say goodbye to these babies that came in the first day all "doe eyed" and innocent. They have all grown tremendously. It is amazing to see the results. They come in to first grade, some of them reading, some of them not, and all of them come out reading at higher levels than they ever thought they could. Their math skills are out of this world. From counting on their fingers to 10 to adding numbers to 120 in their heads. Don't get me wrong, all of them are not doing it and it is not just me. I have to thank the amazing staff that I work with. If not for them, I would have left.

So, thanks for a year where we have all grown. I am looking back on this year with sincere gratitude. We cannot learn without trying new things.

I have said it before, I thank all of you bloggers that have had a positive influence on me. It's all of you who have aided in me not going over to the "dark side".

Here's to summer vacation, renewing my spirit, and recharging.

PS. I found this frog in my pool yesterday!!! This about sums up my year!  Survival!

Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dare to Dream Week 2 TpT Seller Challenge

Dare to Dream

I am linking up again with these fabulous bloggers.

What do you hope to do with your TpT income?

 College Tuition:     My middle child is going to school this fall. Our oldest will be a junior in college and our youngest will be a junior in high school. We haven't had a break from looking at or choosing colleges for four years, so far, and now we are beginning the search again. My husband and I were very fortunate to not have any student loans after college. I know that is not very common. I would love to be able to help my children out with their loans they are going to be facing when they are done with school. 

Photography:     I have a photography business on the side. Right now I am very happy with all that I do. It keeps me very busy. I would love to be able to purchase a few more lenses and some external flashes. :)

Travel:     Last year, my husband and I were able to go to Paris. I have the travel bug! I want to go EVERYWHERE!!!

Retirement Fund:    Who doesn't need more for this?

What are your dreams?

Have a wonderful day!

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