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I love this great “Songified” version of an inspirational speech made by Apollos Hester, a high school football player.  It was shared by Joy Kirr on Twitter, and recommended to use in… 49 more words


Learn Like a Pirate in Primary Grades

This summer I have had the awesome opportunity to read the book Learn Like a Pirate by Paul Solarz. I have had some great conversations about its content through friendships, an ISTE tweet up, and the hashtag #2k15reads.   1,842 more words


The Deskless Classroom

Next school year I am planning something a little different to greet my students: in the past I have taken pride in a Pinterest Perfect Classroom but this year my students will be in charge from the outset. 797 more words

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What did you do in school today? with Ellen Deem

Today I asked our question: “What did you do in school today?” of first grade teacher and Phillies fan, Ellen Deem. This series of blog posts includes responses to our question from educators from all over the world, of all content areas, in all grade levels, and in various teaching assignments so that together, we will have a better understanding of what is happening TODAY IN SCHOOL. 847 more words


Choose your own Edventure: Letting genius blossom

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

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"Driving Me Crazy" Questions


“Scriiitch, scriitch, clunk.” “Scriiiitch, scriiitch, tappity tap.”

Yep. You’re hearing correctly. That’s me. Scratching away at my poison ivy rash as its disappearing form holds on for dear life to my sensitive skin slowly reforming beneath a calloused scab on my arm, right below where my hand brushes the keyboard, a silent reminder of the way each word in a story eats into me before it crawls onto the page.

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Genius Hour Resources from ISTE 2015

I just finished presenting on Genius Hour in the primary classroom at ISTE 2015, and it was such an honour to tell everyone about this amazing new educator movement! 428 more words

Grade 1 & 2