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    A moment to reflect.

    Self-reflection. I make my kids do it. I try to do it. I sometimes postpone it. I sometimes don't do it. I sometimes revisit reflections I've done. My position in this program, as I mentioned in the post with my final project, b
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    End scene.

    The end of a course is always bittersweet.  The timing of this is really incredible as well.  It is the end of a school year.  In the international circuit, the amount of goodbyes said, or the more optimistic see-ya-laters, is plentiful.  And for
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    Final Project Submission!

    By Raymond1922A - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link   Hello all, the time has come to submit your final projects! You will use this form to submit your final project which will then be displayed on our blog home page. This will be the quick
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    In a pickle.

    This project started with grand plans.  Bringing technology into the 1300s.  Sounds great. Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite texts to teach, and if I am being honest, it’s one that I can do pretty off the cuff.  I use a lot from the
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    An Experiment with the Flipped Classroom

    It's been a busy couple of years, but I am very pleased to say that I have made it to the end of the final CoETaIL project! The video embedded below represents a sequence of learning that took place over the course of three months. While there wer
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    Pointing vs Poking

    This is something I've been thinking about recently. I think we're all guilty of pointing. We love to point at things and complain that they aren't working well. We love to point out when things don't go as planned or don't pan out as intended. Most
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    Web Design by Google

    [caption id="attachment_209" align="alignnone" width="377"] *[/caption] For our course 5 final project, my partner, Lindsay and I decided to revamp our unit on the graphic novel, Persepolis. We updated the presentation of the content by switching
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    Building My PLN

    Ok, I admit it. I'm still a "lurker" when it comes to building an online Professional Learning Network (PLN). I've dabbled with Google+, set up a YouTube Channel and dropped a few comments on CoETaIL blogs here and there, but I haven't taken the time
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    flipped classroom survey

    [caption id="attachment_446" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image Source: cpolzen@aisr.org[/caption] We've been working with a flipped classroom for over a month now and I have been generally pleased with what I am seeing. My students have enjoyed
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    Community Engagement a la Twitter

    "You should totally Tweet that!" one of my colleagues excitedly exclaimed. Daunted with the prospect and, to be honest, not even sure what that entailed, I asked, "Well, how would I go about doing that? And, more importantly, why?" The "why" has a
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    Marching on..

    [caption id="attachment_685" align="alignleft" width="292"] Via Pixabay[/caption] Howdy all! Crazy to think it's already mid March! I have been hearing from some of you who have been sharing final projects and they are looking great! As you finish
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    Introduction to Final Project

    [caption id="attachment_195" align="alignleft" width="339"] via Superbond1[/caption] For my COETAIL FINAL project, I've decided to redesign a culminating task for my senior IB Language and Literature course. Working alongside Lindsay Lyon, my coll
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    Course 5 Update- What I've Been Working On...

    A quick check in post... I wanted to write to check in and to let you all know what I've been up to. I do so much reading about what you are up to through your blog posts I thought it's about time I fill you in on what I've been working on. Probably
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    Game On

    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
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    This I Believe

    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
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    Course 5 Underway!

    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
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    Course 5 Final Project: Making Connections

    Here is my final project video (sorry for the length). https://youtu.be/Z1Ft-zB5RTg 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
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    Course 5 Final COETAIL Project: Digital Poetry Unit

    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
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    At the finishing line…

    Phew!!! 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
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    Course 5 Final Project

    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. [caption id="attachment_282" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo
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    @msabbysclass1 Global Connections

    [caption id="attachment_197" align="alignnone" width="300"] https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-person-people-hand-73805/CC0 License[/caption] The past couple of years I have worked hard to get myself connected to other educators on Twitter. This sch
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    Oh! Now I get it!

    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
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    Old dog, new tricks

    You can teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case - an old teacher can be taught new technology! [caption id="attachment_260" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo by derekGavey https://flickr.com/photos/derekgavey/4190468784 shared u
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    The end of this journey begins the next one.

    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! [caption id="attachmen
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    Course 5 - Unit Plan Outline

    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
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    Take off with Twitter!

    Twitter. 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
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    Not to freak you out, but...

    Hi lovely COETAILers, Not to freak you out but ... ...the due date is looming. Everything is due on November 24th.  via GIPHY At this point you should have: Chosen your project/topic and checked it against the rubric Started to im
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    Revisiting My Final Project

    After having a really hard time narrowing down my ideas for my final project to two, I have finally decided what to do. Changes We have a new PYP coordinator this year who has challenged our thinking. This has lead to our units being a little d
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    And So It Begins...

    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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    With the adventure in mind!

      [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="341"] CC0 Public Domain[/caption] 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