LEGO ASCII Coding

The past couple of weeks, I have been dealing with a large amount of writer’s block. It happens to all of us, you are just trying to string together a set of ideas and no matter what, it just won’t go from your head to your finger tips. In fact, I was planning about six blog posts the last couple of weeks and couldn’t come up with anything outside of: “hello”. No really, that’s all I could get out of my head. I even tried to do a vlog and that was just as much of a disappointment as anything. So, I just focused on some lesson plans and projects I have coming up, but still nothing. Then this weekend, the family and I headed to NIU STEM fest and not even three steps in I saw it. Albert Einstein created with dominos using. Immediately I had ideas brewing and after visiting a few notes I had taken for Computer Programming this Spring I remembered Erintegation’s Coding with Text Art: ACSII.  Continue reading “LEGO ASCII Coding”

Return to Plickers

The past couple of weeks, I have been reading over Make Learning Magical by Tisha Richmond and also looking over some notes I had taken from Let Them Speak by Rick Jetter and Rebecca Coda. One of the biggest pieces that have stood out to me the last few days is: “Create a Memorable Experience” and “Listen to what your students say.” My big project this year in Building the Pixel Classroom is really focusing on all the letters: Passion, Innovation, X-factor, Enthusiasm and Listening. I was going through my notes when I came across my old friend, Plickers. Plickers had a major update in the last few weeks, so much that two of my co-workers decided to dust off their own laminated Plickers cards and use them in class. However, they didn’t really go over all the updates, and of course struggled with teaching high school students in using them again. It was then I had an idea to use Plickers back in my classroom.

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Making Reviewing Magical with Pear Deck

This past weekend, I received my copy of Make Learning Magical by Tisha Richmond. I pretty much dove into this book late Saturday Night and read it along with my morning Coffee on Sunday after my bike ride. Just wow! As you know, I did my Five for Five Challenge last week using tips from Tisha and book end each day with books from DBC Inc Publishing. I have started using Pear Deck this semester after my district purchased the site license for all teachers. I have been using Pear Deck in two of my main classes and stated branching off into my other two. I decided I was going to introduce Pear Deck as one of our new Reviewing for our Unit Test and boy was it a success. Here is how: Continue reading “Making Reviewing Magical with Pear Deck”

Five for Five Challenge Day 5 and Reflection

  I reflect on my Five for Five Challenge on Making Learning Magical and bringing Enthusiasm and Listening to the classroom. Continue reading Five for Five Challenge Day 5 and Reflection

Five for Five Challenge Day 4

Here we are, in the home stretch for completing my Five for Five Challenge on Making Learning Magical, book ended with two books from the Dave Burgess Publishing Inc. I have to say, today was one  of the most challenging of the Five Day Challenge. You know what they say about the “best laid plans”. My day began on the right note and then headed towards some issues that almost kept me from completing the full challenge for the day? How you might ask? Read on. Continue reading “Five for Five Challenge Day 4”

Five for Five Challenge Day 3

Day 3 of my Five for Five Challenge of Making Learning Magical to my students. Today, my classes were booked end with Ditch that Homework by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler and Kids Deserve It by Adam Welcome and Todd Nesloney. Something you think is by the time you get to Day 3 of the Five for Five Challenge you start to get into the groove of things. I learned first hand that is not always the case. Continue reading “Five for Five Challenge Day 3”

Five for Five Challenge Day 2

Day 2 of my Five for Five Challenge. Today was one of those days that began like any other, I had my early PD meeting in the morning, followed by trying to get a slew of emails and SLOs in before the first bell rang today. As you know, being 9/11, there is a different atmosphere in the air. I remember the day well 17 years ago and while many of my students weren’t born yet. They know the day tends to be off for classrooms on this day. However, it was a day of learning that my students will also not soon forget.

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Five for Five Challenge Day 1

 

Hello Everyone,

As I mentioned on Saturday, I have taken on the Five for Five Challenge. I’m doing a full #MLMagical week in all of my classes. I’m book ending (pardon the pun) with two books from the Dave Burgess Consulting Inc on each day with a secret on Friday.  Today was Day 1, I choose eXplore like a Pirate and The Wild Card. So, what did I do for my first Challenge Day you make ask? Continue reading “Five for Five Challenge Day 1”