Category Archives: Students

Middle school drones deployed

When opportunity knocks, it’s important to jump on it and I saw a similar opportunity this year that I didn’t want my students to miss. The local television station was promoting its newly trained drone operators. People were being paid … Continue reading

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Unleashing Problem Solvers

Pass me the pipe cutters. Be careful. You want to get the measurement just right or it won’t be balanced when it stands. I’ll hold it steady for you. The conversation above was a typical day when students were working together … Continue reading

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I have a good idea Daddy…

My daughter is the typical Pre-K student. She talks nonstop about everything her teacher does in school. Every small thing is major in her eyes. She sings every song to Moana at the top of her lungs. She is sweet, innocent and … Continue reading

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Power of Home Visits

    Reflecting upon current or past practices is the by far the best learning moments a teacher can take to improve. As I am in the midst of the final term of the school year, I am reminded of all … Continue reading

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Explore the World with Cultural Box Exchange

Minimal background knowledge. Unsure of the world. Limited exposure. Not anymore. I teach in a rural community where students have limited exposure to many opportunities. Each year, I make it a personal mission to expose them to the community around … Continue reading

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Teaching in the ‘Love Triangle’ of divorce

I grew up in a home where money was depleted regularly. I remember begging my Dad for money to buy new glasses. He always referred me back to Mom arguing that he paid his child support. The problem is it … Continue reading

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Digital Tools for Reading Instruction in Middle School

Students are plugged into technology from the moment they wake up until that last Facebook status of the evening wishing the world goodnight. They read online posts that appear in their Facebook feeds, they are linked to posts that interest them … Continue reading

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