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Making Withdrawls from the Bank of Reflection – Course 4 Final Project

On a number of memorable occasions throughout my career as a teacher, I’ve heard veteran educators liken the art and science of teaching to making deposits into a bank. The deposits can come in many different forms including the act of being disciplined in developing strong habits of best professional practices. The strength of this mindset is that, like…

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Don’t Blame the Device

In the Beginning There Was the Palm Education is unlike any other profession when considering the remarkable number of close personal connections that teachers make with their students throughout their careers. For teachers and students alike, powerful memories are created during a school year that can be recalled years if not decades later with vivid clarity and…

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Old Habits Die Hard

As my parents have gotten older, it’s been increasingly important for me to understand their lives and the world they grew up in and how that world has since changed. It’s a frequent topic of conversation during our visits together. My parents often talk about the challenges they learned to overcome and the remarkable change they’ve witnessed throughout…

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Think Before You Flip

A Misplaced Hero Famed entrepreneur Salman Kahn the founder of the incredibly popular Kahn Academy is in many respects one of today’s most important and yet somewhat misplaced heroes in contemporary education. It is true that he has made thousands of instructional videos spanning a broad range of content topics that have benefited countless students throughout the world. Not…

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Houston, We’ve Had a Problem…And It’s Good

The Times Are Changing or Are They?  A recent post by Lindsey Kundel titled PBL: LEARNING THAT PREPARES FOR LIFE, gave me a glimpse back into my own teacher training experience more than 20 years ago. It seems like times haven’t changed that much after all. She describes the disconnect she discovered later in her career that…

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Two Yardsticks – One Goal

A Mirror Reflection?  I read an article recently from the technology publication Meridian by Brenda Dyck titled When Technology Integration Goes to Math Class. It made me ponder my own professional development, understanding, and integration of technology in the mathematics classroom. Dyck describes the linear sequential nature of learning mathematics and the teachers the content area seems…

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Sharing Zen: Course 3 Final Project

Throughout the last five weeks I have had the opportunity to explore ideas related to visual imagery. I have reflected about visual literacy, presentation design, digital story telling, infographics, and data visualization. My recent learning journey has included a successful first attempt at creating a personal digital story and an opportunity to hand pick a data-rich infographic for future…

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George’s Dating Service

An appropriate beginning to this post should include the essential joys and observations of being a middle school teacher from a non-academic perspective. Initially I started my career as an educator teaching high school math and coaching. During my undergraduate teacher preparation and my first years of classroom experience, I heard horror stories about working at the middle level especially as…

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Our Lives Change

As teachers, sometimes I think we forget to place ourselves in the shoes of our students when we give them an assignment. We often make false assumptions about the time required to complete an assigned task or its complexity. In my own practice, I have been guilty of being blind to the fact that my…

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Waiter, Can I Please Return This?

Recently I had the opportunity to watch the video Presentation Zen: An Overview by Matt Helmke. During his short seven minute video, he highlights several ideas from Garr Reynolds’ book Presentation Zen. Reynolds, an internationally acclaimed communications consultant, uses the analogy of a Japanese bento lunch as an example of the perfect presentation. For anyone who has ever created and delivered…