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Building on Life Experiences

The excitement of school vacation doesn’t end just because students have return to school.  From family trips to visiting relatives, students are filled with life experiences percolating in their mind. This excitement builds when they finally see their classmates and teacher with whom they want to share these experiences with. Have you thought about ways … Continue reading

Creating Digital Products

Goodbye Frank Shaffer circa 1985 you have been in our community long enough and your worksheets don’t grow dendrites. Teachers if I can give you any advice please don’t waste instructional time with run-offs from your favorite fill-in-the-blank workbook. I’m telling you now it may keep your kids quiet for a moment but it won’t … Continue reading

Motivating Reluctant Readers

What if I told you in 2013, 66% of fourth grade students were reading below proficient levels.  If we disaggregate the data by race, that number increases by 81% for Latinos and 83% for black students.  The statistics are alarming less than half of all students in the United State read at a desirable level. … Continue reading

More than an Hour of Code

Ask the average 8 year old boy what he wants to be when he grows up and you will probably hear “make video games”.  Boys love video games because it gives them an opportunity to use their logic and reasoning skills in the context of a virtually crafted world that includes tools to build and … Continue reading

The Process of Assessment

Yes, assessment is the “elephant in the room” and it’s not moving anytime soon. Continue reading

Why Students Should Explain Their Thinking

Multiple representation brings forth a whole new way of assessing students. Continue reading

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