Guest Post via @BriteEyes49: “The Marble Run Challenge!”- STEMazing!

Sometimes you get tired of the “new” thing in education. Well, I was tired of hearing, reading, and/or discussing “STEM” or “STEAM”, whichever you prefer. I really didn’t understand what the big deal was until we participated in Jen Wagner’s “Marble Run Challenge.” Now don’t get me wrong, my kids code, we integrate tech, etc, […]

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Guest Post via @SwinehartJulie: Three Do’s and Don’ts of Implementing Readers Workshop

I’m just wrapping up my eighteenth year of teaching English Language Arts. For the first seventeen, I taught in a pretty predictable, traditional manner: assign a book, a reading schedule, give quizzes, poster projects, assign essays, administer exams, and show the movie. This year was so different. In September, I started the workshop model in […]

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Guest Post via @ReadersLeadPD: Warning: Failure, Sports True Learning

Warning:  I never successfully made cheerleading in High School.  I did play golf, joined the ski club and Mock Trial team, graduated successfully, went to college out-of-state. Now, I am an Arizona Master Teacher.   I know that drawing upon my experiences as an athlete every single day when instructing students and staffers is vital. […]

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Guest Post via @SwinehartJulie: Design Thinking and Choice in Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments are a hotly debated topic this time of year, especially when it’s tough to reconcile the workshop model’s foundation of student challenge and choice with something like a required reading program. What’s a teacher to do? It’s a given that students need to read over the summer. When teachers and students have built a […]

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