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Three Weeks In

Three Weeks In

Week 3 of the school closure draws to a close.  My daughter and I have taken a part the “office” and have now turned it into the sewing room to make masks.  Sunday night it will go back to being an office.  I wonder how many weeks maybe months this shift in duties will continue. Wishing you all the best, be well.

It’s Been Awhile

It’s Been Awhile

It’s been awhile… We are in the 3rd week since the school shut down and I have never worked so hard in my life. In fact I am exhausted.  I am sure you are feeling the same. Trying to support so many people make a sudden transition from traditional classroom experience to remote learning coach has been a major undertaking.  There was a major upgrade to tech skills, plus an entire restructuring to pedagogical approach in an instant. Some heavy…

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School is Out, Time to Play

School is Out, Time to Play

School is out for the summer and now it is time to play. For me it is time to finally give this blog an overhaul.  I will be switching themes to Divi and creating from the ground up.  Change is never smooth for me so the site might go back and forth in styles and up and down in service as I play around.  I appreciated your patience.  I hope this playing around with the blog will inspire me to…

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Summer Break?

Summer Break?

When I was a classroom teacher I looked forward to summer break.  I was able to close out one school year, leave myself a ton of reminders for the start of the next and was ready to turn my mind and body to other pursuits. I could come back fresh, excited and eager to dive right in. I am now a instructional technology specialist and though my school year officially ends and I will soon be on summer break my…

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Data and Innovation

Data and Innovation

Repeatedly we hear the call to base everything on data driven research, not a bad idea in itself but when you live in the world of technology and innovation then it possess quite a stumbling block. How can you collect data on the future? It takes years to develop a good research plan, carry it out and draw any conclusion.  Somebody has to go first. Districts that will only make decisions based on what has gone on before will forever be…

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Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

I feel like I am stuck in an episode of the twilight zone doomed to repeat past mistakes. It is as if someone has put my professional life on a loop. I just can’t break out of the cyclical madness of educational programs and trends. Let’s take a walk down memory lane. There are many terms, phrases and programs that keep reappearing in education. Below are a list of some that have appeared in recent times, though likely they are…

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Updating the Curriculum

Updating the Curriculum

Many school curricula have remained pretty much unchanged for decades some could argue centuries. The basic common elements of English, Math, Science and History are constants, it is the other curricular options that seem to come and go over time. When I was in middle school/ high school we had a choice of home economics options; sewing, cooking, money matters, early childhood education. There was also a “shop” track; woodworking, automotive repair, metal working, business accounting, keyboarding, and short hand.  …

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