My final project is an interpretation of the Flipped Classroom model. While I have every intention of running a flipped format for the duration of my Geometry unit, my students and I have had great discussions about possible pitfalls and what we wi
For this "free choice" blog post, I've decided to share my own personal "This I Believe" essay on what it means to be an ideal teacher. You might recall in a previous post, where I talked about how my 10th graders used this essay assignment as a bas
So here we are at the beginning of the end... Course 5 is underway!
As I'm sure you have noticed the format for Course 5 is a bit different than the other courses. For starters the time period with which you have to complete the course is much lon
Here is my final project video (sorry for the length).
My unit ended up being more of an introduction to making connections and blogging. It is something we will be working on all year long.
If you are interested
My Final Video
My grade seven classes have finished their free verse poetry unit, capping the experience off by creating digital poems. This was inspired by the digital storytelling materials studied in Course 3 of COETAIL. Please enjoy my vi
It’s that time! We’re done! What a journey!
Change is good
For myself it has been quite a transformation. If you had asked me at the beginning of this course if I could do all that I am able to do now, I would have had a hearty laugh
I would like to begin by saying thank you to the COETAIL community for this experience! I have learned so much on this journey and I could not have done it without you all.
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The past couple of years I have worked hard to get myself connected to other educators on Twitter. This sch
I will be honest, when I began this COETAIL journey I really didn’t understand the whole community engagement piece. One of the first things I had to do was get a twitter account and post something?? Yikes! I was 45, and considered myself to be qui
You can teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case - an old teacher can be taught new technology!
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As I wrap up my final few weeks on this COETAIL journey, I am really thinking about how I want this final project to be AMAZING! I am planning on taking a topic that I honestly am very bored with and making it way better!
Where I am at?
Time is flying and this unit is well underway! The students really loved our unit question. They never even imaged how the carbon present today was here many years ago and how they could be made up of carbon from a famous pers
It is, hands down, the tech tool that has had the greatest impact on my personal and professional development. However, this wasn’t always the case.
My Days as a Lurker
I joined Twitter in November 2011 while at a workshop led b
Hi lovely COETAILers,
Not to freak you out but ...
...the due date is looming. Everything is due on November 24th.
At this point you should have:
Chosen your project/topic and checked it against the rubric
Started to im
After having a really hard time narrowing down my ideas for my final project to two, I have finally decided what to do.
We have a new PYP coordinator this year who has challenged our thinking. This has lead to our units being a little d
Variety is the spice of life. I like to move. Well, in theory I like to move. I like the idea of moving and of experiencing new things and new cultures. In reality, I hate to pack up all my stuff and decide which of my precious items will make the cu
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Working with CoETaIL has really pushed my boundaries. Even though I floundered (more times than I can remember) it has been an amazing roller coaster ride so far
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My head is racing with a million ideas for my Course 5 project. There are so many ideas that link and fit together in some way. Now taking those million idea
Every time I write a unit I try to use Kath Murdoch's inquiry cycle:
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So when I finished my COETAIL Unit 5 project (utilizing Minecraft as a teaching
As I submit my final project, I'm still working on the unit in the classroom. For various reasons, the timing just didn't quite work out, but we are about 92.7% finished. Throughout the unit, the ideas have swelled, broken, and reformed. They c
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So this is it. 4 weeks of serious research; 2 weeks of planning; 6 weeks of teaching; And too many hours of reflectin
Just as we use student data to inform our instruction in the classroom, the same is true for our own learning journey. The last five years have been a steep learning curve with respect to the use of technology in the classroom. I’ve moved to a
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Dear Digital Friends,
This post has been in draft form for so long I barely know what it's intention was anymore. But I am archivi
And so it would seem that we have come full circle. My very first post for COETAIL described the Long Strange Trip to my PLN. Now that we are coming to the end, its time to revisit this magical group of people who qualify me as a connected educat
The last two months have swirled by on a sea of technology-enriched learning experiences. Technology usage and integration has exploded in my classroom and this blog post documents some of the tools and experiences that students have been engaging
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...for I have sinned. It's been too many days since my last blog post. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.
In my de
In a previous post for COETAIL Course 4, I outlined two possible options for my final culminating COETAIL project. The goal for this final project is to choose a unit to transform teaching and learning by reaching the modification and redefinition