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    Eduro Learning: Coaching as Leadership

    I know pretty much straight away who at my school would be a good candidate for me to coach during the next few weeks (and beyond). I chose a new member of our Year 3 team Sara. She is new to teaching PYP and since joining our school in September has
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    Course 5 Final Project

    Well, its hard to believe I am writing my last COETAIL post. Not my last blog post ever thanks to my COETAIL experience!  What a journey it has been over the past year and a half. I have learned so much which has enhanced my teaching; its hard to kn
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    PLN: Professional Lurker Now what?

    My venture into developing a professional learning network was tentative to say the least. I joined Twitter first in 2013 and promptly forgot about having an account until I started Coetail and in 2015 I was forced out of my comfort zone and into, w
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    GoFormative and Prosper?

    The end of COETAIL is fast approaching and the due date for the final project is ever looming...I have so enjoyed every part of the experience but I must admit I lost that loving feeling a little when I found out that course 5 couldn't be used for cr
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    Course 5 Final Project: E-Portfolios and Seesaw

    Well, I hope all my fellow Coetailers had a great summer break and a great start to the new school year! As ever with the start of each Coetail course during this whole experience (which I have loved), I have found post 1 of Course 5 difficult to wr
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    L'eggo my Ego

    Sometimes the best laid plans just don't work out. Sometimes, when you really want to tell someone to quit complaining and just do what you need to do, you really need to just sit still and listen.  Sometimes, when you only get to ask two of your t
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    A Post From the Bleachers

    This week my post comes from the bleachers as I'm on my weekly lunch duty assignment. [caption id="attachment_411" align="alignleft" width="197"] Out to Play[/caption] One of the things I love about our middle school is the freedom the students
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    Priorities, Plants & Plinko days

    Here we are on another Friday afternoon. I've taken care of an apple for my afternoon snack and I'm ready to reflect. I'm finding my most difficult challenge to be the part of the job that I also like the most.  The constant change of attention
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    Getting in the Flow or "The Slow Clap"

    My first full week of the school year is complete. So far, I absolutely love what I do.  It is completely different everyday, full of puzzles, people and practice.  I'm dedicated to looking at this with the beginner's mind as I go through each da
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    Its Been One Week

    I made a goal for myself to write a bit this year about my work, so here it goes. I'm happy to say that, at least from my perspective, our first week at LCS was a fantastic success.  There were bugs, lots of them, with our LMS and scheduling, but
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    Storytelling Quests

    Excited to be presenting a shortened version of our Digital Storytelling Quests at the ISTE DSN Playground this month. Check out the original webinar here. Get the Quest Planning Sheet here.
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    Course 4 Final Project: How to Bring it ALL Together

    Since the beginning of Course 4, I've been grappling with what I could do for my Course 5 project. I wanted a way to completely redesign a unit with something that would challenge me, but also do something I was comfortable with somehow. With me movi
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    Managing Technology in the Classroom

    It's funny that my previous post touched on my frustrations with technology in the classroom. It can be a management "thing" and a huge reason why I often drag my feet when it comes to using technology consistently. Each year I use technology randoml
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    Tranisition

    Another year in the books. I've now got thirteen years of teaching under my belt and it feels good. It seems like so long ago that I sat in the office of Jackson Middle School on a snow day to interview for my first teaching job. Little did I know as
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    Course 4 Final Project: Decisions, decisions

    There have been so many different ideas that I have considered for my final project and I am still not sure which one I will go with so while I was tempted to use the UbD planner to reinvent a recent unit I am instead going to reflect on a couple of
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    Tech and Teaching Tightrope

    I struggled to write about this week's topic. I shouldn't have, as I try to find a balance with technology in my daily life as much as possible so reflecting on how I might do this in class with students should have been easy. I had this same proble
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    Lessons From the (Physics) Sandbox -- Course 5 final project video

    The Black Hole of Video Editing Let Me Escape So I Could Write This Post A picture is worth a thousand words, so, using of unit cancellation method, this video is worth.... So I'll just be quiet and ask you to watch! https://youtu.be/IHge8
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    Light Up The Sky

    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
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    Bridge Over Troubled Waters

    Its always a challenge to work on a project that relies on creating a project with others that will be completed by someone else who has to ask another group for their participation in order to complete the project.  Huh? It creates a bit of a ta
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    An Idea and Iterations

    I love giving presentations! Perhaps it is my background in drama and music theatre that has given me the confidence to perform and/or speak in front of an audience, or maybe it is my position at school that has afforded me many opportunities to pres
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    The How and Why of Technology

    “Do you have a 1:1 program in your school?” That’s an oft-asked first question I get from interviewees. It usually follows with, “Mac or PC?” and then sometimes, “in what grades?” With my qualitative observation of interviewee’s quest
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    Comments on Commenting

    [caption id="attachment_176" align="alignright" width="209"] Grading and Feedbackflickr photo by thebarrowboy https://flickr.com/photos/thebarrowboy/6263897021 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license[/caption] It's nearing the midpoint of the