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Fear, Connecting, Sharing and Learning from an 8 Year Old

Fear, Connecting, Sharing and Learning from an 8 Year Old | Student Stories | Scoop.it
I share a connection with my nephew that far exceeds our familial bond. Saturday, I was honored to take him with me to assist in my DEN Virtcon Haiku Deck and Movenote presentation. He creates some...
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8 Years Old, Curious, Creative and Tech Savvy

My nephew has grown up accustomed to a pattern of learning that his school is ill-prepared to serve. He is the perfect blend of his mother, a creative artist  and father, a computer programmer/tech...
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I'm constantly inpspired by my nephew! 

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Adventures in Chromebook with a College Freshman

Adventures in Chromebook with a College Freshman | Student Stories | Scoop.it
This morning, my daughter came to me in a bit of a pickle. She needed to get her "paper only" shot records scanned into her college system. I happen to have a scanner/printer combo but it never daw...
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How to Ruin the Year of A Future HS Dropout

How to Ruin the Year of A Future HS Dropout | Student Stories | Scoop.it
I have never been more mortified in my entire life than this moment. At the beginning of the school year, a year ago, I remember being in a meeting and for some reason the message shifted to studen...
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This one hurt at the time and to write. I welcome your thoughts.

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Why I Will NEVER Flip This Algebraic Journey

Why I Will NEVER Flip This Algebraic Journey | Student Stories | Scoop.it
I'm not in the classroom anymore, but I will always be a math teacher. I'm still planning to do adjunct teaching in the fall for our local junior college. Thus, I'm STILL a math teacher...ALWAYS. I...
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Why we do things my always start with out kids. How do they learn best? How will YOU understand whether or not they are connecting? Understanding this is critical...

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Rethinking the Middle: Teaching to Emilio

Rethinking the Middle: Teaching to Emilio | Student Stories | Scoop.it
I just finished reading an amazing post by Cathy Yenca, @mathcathy (Follow HER), about the idea of average. Cathy began her post by talking about how she addresses the measures of central tendencie...
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Part 7: Koolaid's Final Path to Graduate

Part 7: Koolaid's Final Path to Graduate | Student Stories | Scoop.it
Life has a funny way of changing our plans. Looking back at our five years together as teacher and student, neither of us can imagine life without the other. Koolaid taught me how love and understa...
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This is the conclusion to my journey with Koolaid. Thank you so much for reading it!

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Part 5: Koolaid, The Pact and The Gang

Part 5: Koolaid, The Pact and The Gang | Student Stories | Scoop.it
Gangs are never the best way for students to find family, to find connections. There are almost always negative consequences attached. I begged Koolaid to get out. He did not need a gang. His respo...
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Part 3: When Your Head is In the Lion's Mouth Be Still

Part 3: When Your Head is In the Lion's Mouth Be Still | Student Stories | Scoop.it
Prerequisite: Part 1 Part 2 By March of freshman year, Koolaid was already failing classes. He stopped caring because his concern was geared more towards the money in his pockets than the education...
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Part 1: Koolaid Love and the Gang

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Part 1 of my journey with one amazing student and the friends he almost allowed to hold him back!

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The Lessons We Teach Between Standards

The Lessons We Teach Between Standards | Student Stories | Scoop.it
In a matter of weeks, we'll all be welcoming bright smiling faces to a brand new year of learning. For weeks now, we've been planning activities, full lessons, classroom layouts and even technology...
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Note to Self: Owning Your Actions

Note to Self: Owning Your Actions | Student Stories | Scoop.it
Dear Rafranz, Growth is fun. I needed to start with that. I am always about sharing my total self...my truth. Tonight is no different. I need to start by declaring that I AM HUMAN. I am not perfect...
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My First Year Teaching: The Power of Caring and Connecting

My First Year Teaching: The Power of Caring and Connecting | Student Stories | Scoop.it
When I first started my teaching career, it was an insane jump into the fire. I was hired to be a full time math remediation teacher for middle school. I took over a class that had done nothing but...
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Never underestimate the power of what caring can do

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Inspire Learning: Passion Beyond 20 Percent

Inspire Learning: Passion Beyond 20 Percent | Student Stories | Scoop.it
When my friend, Carrie Ross, spoke at the ISTE opening ignite session about passion, it really did strike a nerve with me. I've always "moved" from a place of passion. I also believe that we have t...
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Meet Fantasia, aka Shorty B

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Empowered to BE!

Empowered to BE! | Student Stories | Scoop.it
We all have may a lesson or two that students would buy a one time ticket for. The real class changing question is, Would you want to be a student in your classroom everyday? What are your students...
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How my experiences as a student framed my classroom!
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Part 4: Koolaid and Grades

Part 4: Koolaid and Grades | Student Stories | Scoop.it
I've always had some sort of technology in my classroom. I was known as the "techy" math teacher after a while. When Koolaid came to my classroom as a sophomore, it would be no different. That year...
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Part 2: Koolaid and Rocky Road

Part 2: Koolaid and Rocky Road | Student Stories | Scoop.it
Before reading, please read part 1 here. Freshman year is probably one of the toughest on students. With “Koolaid”, it was no different. I did not tell him that I accepted the high school math job....
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Part 2 of my story with Koolaid

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Empowered by Dr. Rita Pierson

Empowered by Dr. Rita Pierson | Student Stories | Scoop.it
I remember the moment that I saw the TED talk given by Dr. Rita Pierson like it was yesterday. It gave me shivers, literally. When Dr. Pierson spoke about being a champion for kids, she reminded me...
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How Dr. Rita Pierson has inspired me!

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