Monthly Archives: January 2014

Climbing the Mountain…Continues

In December 2012 I walked into an illuminated banquet room which I never knew existed. Everywhere suits towered over a rambunctious group of seasoned professionals. Hushed by the curiosity, the group turned uneasy one-by-one as a mountain was bestowed upon … Continue reading

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Vine: Making vocabulary meaningful

To set the scene for everyone … starring dauntlessly at data during an in-school collaborative planning session with multiple content areas, teachers were bickering back and forth on how students were struggling with higher-level vocabulary. It was obvious not understanding … Continue reading

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Taking students digital

Too often students are jaded by writing for a narrow minded audience, their teachers. Great writers and developing writers have a thirst to be heard; they want a broader audience than classroom walls can offer. This explains why I find … Continue reading

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Wrestlers Make Great Leaders

Since being asked to go to my first Wheeling Wrestling (WV) practice in elementary school, I have been active in some manner in the wrestling community ever since. However, my doctorate program cranking up forced me to step aside from … Continue reading

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Sitting home over the Christmas break, I found myself endulged in coffee, grading essays, and #edtechchat via Twitter. One paramount I enjoy as a teacher is realizing how much my students have grown with the intense writing instruction my colleagues and … Continue reading

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