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When Relationship Building is a No-Brainer

When Relationship Building is a No-Brainer | Social Learning | Scoop.it
Tonight I went to our community's "meet the lions" night,  an event where all fall athletes are announced to the crowd one by one. It is their night to shine! My niece, a junior now,  is a varsity ...
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No Math Homework, Just Bringbacks!

No Math Homework, Just Bringbacks! | Social Learning | Scoop.it
It's amazing how one moment captured in time can bring back so much. The picture on the left was taken during a "press shot" for my classroom. I had no idea that they were coming but knowing wouldn...
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4 Tips to Be Reflective, Keep it Real and Remain Employed

4 Tips to Be Reflective, Keep it Real and Remain Employed | Social Learning | Scoop.it
I started and finished a book yesterday called, Steal Like an Artist by the amazing Austin Kleon. At the start of the book, Kleon says... "It's one of my theories that when people give you advice, ...
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5 Ideas to Inspire Sharing on Your Campus

5 Ideas to Inspire Sharing on Your Campus | Social Learning | Scoop.it
As school quietly approaches, teachers everywhere are thinking of ways to do everything from inspiring creativity in their classrooms to integrating more technology. As a technology integration spe...
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Not really new ideas but defintely worth a look when promoting a climate of sharing! 

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5 Training Tips for New and Veteran Edtech Trainers

5 Training Tips for New and Veteran Edtech Trainers | Social Learning | Scoop.it
Yesterday I was a part of a training to help teachers understand interactivity. It was interesting to be in that position after writing a post about supporting reluctant teachers. I am always looki...
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The Reality of EdTech with No Support

The Reality of EdTech with No Support | Social Learning | Scoop.it
In my daughter's HS are SMARTboards in every classroom, computer labs so accessible that online testing presented limited problems, enough ipads for classes to check out and a BYOD policy that enab...
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My 5 Secrets for Supporting Reluctant Teachers in Tech Integration

My 5 Secrets for Supporting Reluctant Teachers in Tech Integration | Social Learning | Scoop.it
I read a post this morning about supporting teachers skeptical in technology. As someone who does support teachers, I found that this article left a bit on the table. Below are my 5 secrets to supp...
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How I help teachers new to tech!

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Leaping Before You Look

Leaping Before You Look | Social Learning | Scoop.it
I have never waited on someone to show me how to do anything. I tend to just jump right in and then troubleshoot along the way. Anytime that I have learned new technology, this is how I did it. Whe...
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Why Not Grow?

Why Not Grow? | Social Learning | Scoop.it
How do you model growth in your school? Throughout the year, I've had many conversations about being growth-minded. We've talked about teachers needing the "uumph" to go out and learn. Being growth...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:51 AM

I have Neil Postman's Teaching is a Subversive Activity which is premised on questions and not knowing answers on the part of teachers.

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The Secret Ingredient to Growth: Blogging

The Secret Ingredient to Growth: Blogging | Social Learning | Scoop.it
When I was in High School, I thought that I was a good writer, until my English teacher told me that I was not. When I scored a perfect score on my "state test", she demanded to know if I cheated. ...
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The Reality of Twitter Stardom in Education

The Reality of Twitter Stardom in Education | Social Learning | Scoop.it
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"- Eleanor Roosevelt The day that I received my invite to Discovery Ed's Beyond the Textbook and saw the list of "names" invited, I was in sho...
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Uncomfortable is Good

This post is an open letter to the teachers of the school that I will serve in the fall... Dear Teachers, This year,  you will embark on a journey that will be like nothing else that you have ever ...
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The joy of growth is when you arrive at a goal through struggle. 

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How to Be Awesome like Beyonce

How to Be Awesome like Beyonce | Social Learning | Scoop.it
I woke up this morning with two deep thoughts. One was Amber Teamann's quote...(@8amber8) "Blowing out someone's candle doesn't make yours shine any brighter." The other was a quote from my mother,...
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The journey to be the greatest of WHO YOU ARE is a long one but worth it once you get there!

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Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go | Social Learning | Scoop.it
This post has such a significant meaning to me and I hope that by the end, the message and lesson comes across. I was 19 when I learned that I would become a mother and 20 when my daughter was born...
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This year marks a new chapter for us all!

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6 Tips to Influence the Teacher Next Door

6 Tips to Influence the Teacher Next Door | Social Learning | Scoop.it
"We influence others-even when we don't realize it. We know that in theory, but when we see the evidence years later, it helps us to know that we've done the right thing and that we'e given ourselv...
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New Day, Same Dream

New Day, Same Dream | Social Learning | Scoop.it
The seed of technology integration was planted within me many years ago by a forward thinking math education professor at Texas A&M-Commerce. She built that program, making sure to fully embed ...
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6 Tips for School Newbies

6 Tips for School Newbies | Social Learning | Scoop.it
In a matter of days, I will be a newbie in a new school district again! I've written about being a newbie at conferences but never about being one in school. Some of the same ideas apply to both an...
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6 ways to start the year off right!

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Not Easily Offended on Twitter

Not Easily Offended on Twitter | Social Learning | Scoop.it
I am careful about who I follow on twitter. It may not seem that way but I am. I LOVE learning and the beauty of twitter is that you can do that with a network of people that YOU choose...hence the...
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The Passion that Drives Me to Teach

The Passion that Drives Me to Teach | Social Learning | Scoop.it
Passion is Contagious...Share It! I say this statement with utter truth. Have you ever heard Steve Dembo speak? I mean...REALLY speak. I love hearing Steve speak because he reminds me of my mother....
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Just a little bit of what drives me everyday...Passion

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Our PD Talk: Date the Tool, Marry the Ability

Our PD Talk: Date the Tool, Marry the Ability | Social Learning | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I was fortunate to sit down with the amazing Dennis Grice and the equally spectacular Jacob Standish as we discussed professional development and differentiation. I've been in a bit of a...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 18, 2013 7:02 PM

What is interesting is that we would not teach children without helping them make meaning of what they are learning through connections to life. Yet, we approach adults that way and we do.

Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 19, 2013 5:52 PM

A poignant reminder to keep technology in perspective. It is a tool for learning!

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The Awkward UnBox-able Me

The Awkward UnBox-able Me | Social Learning | Scoop.it
This morning, at around 3am, I woke up to a major "geekbump" moment when Dan Meyer followed me on twitter. I thought that I was done with the whole "superstar thing", but I'm sorry... living, breat...
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Trying to fit into a category is just not my thing. It has been an interesting morning trying though!

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The Personal Commitment of Time

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“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou I started with the quote above because as ...
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My personal reflection on TIME...

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20 Tips to Being a Prophet in Your Land

20 Tips to Being a Prophet in Your Land | Social Learning | Scoop.it
Warning: Extreme Amount of Work Required We've all heard the phrase that "You can't be a prophet in your own land." The sad reality is that for a majority of us, this the truth. No matter how much ...
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No Room for Fear: A Lesson from Akeelah and the Bee

No Room for Fear: A Lesson from Akeelah and the Bee | Social Learning | Scoop.it
I just finished watching Akeelah and the Bee with my son for the 100th time. It is OUR movie. Our favorite line in the movie happens when Akeelah was asked to read a portion from the reading below ...
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The Unbelievable Ease of Thank You

The Unbelievable Ease of Thank You | Social Learning | Scoop.it
I struggle with accepting compliments. In 10 days, I have written 26 postings...stories. I have been blown away by the response that people have given. It's mind boggling to me that my words have h...
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