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”


The Office Remodel Part 1


The other day I said I was going to start remodeling my office to be more inviting to students and staff alike. While I planned on doing this slowly over the next few weeks. As they say, time waits for no man and I ended up getting an earlier start due to an accident occurring during some regular checks, such as my entire shelf collapsing (don’t worry, I’m OK). So, after a few hours of moving, cataloging, archiving and a few other things here is the start to my remodel.

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Innovative Tools in the Classroom

As we wrap up, I is for Innovation, I thought I would leave things with some innovative tools you can get for your classroom and some ways you can use them. Perler Beads: We know this would be my first pick. I have really gotten into using Perler Beads with my teachers and students as our way of having our own 3D Printer. We currently do not have the funds to get the emerging technology in schools. While my nieces and peers have access to one at their schools. I stumbled on using Perler Beads due to health advice from … Continue reading Innovative Tools in the Classroom

Top 10 Ways to Tech Like a Pirate

Starting in January, I’m kicking of “Tech Like a Pirate” where you I talk about several ways you integrate technology into your classroom while you Teach Like a Pirate. To get things kicked off, I have made a Top 10 list or in a way kind of a top 40 list to show you what Apps work the best with all the Pirate Hooks. So, let the fun begin. 1. You. Yes, you. Who knows what tech to use in their classroom the best but you the teacher. What programs do you use every day? Do you have a digital … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Tech Like a Pirate

Come and Knock on our Classroom Door, the Makey Makey and iPad are Waiting for You

    As you can tell, I have had my inspiration on fire today and I have so many projects and lessons to write out I and to post as many as possible due to some commitments I have this week. This last one today will really put four types of Teach Like a Pirate, Tech Smashing and App Smashing all together. Let’s get started shall we? I was sitting with my wife, Melissa the other night and we were watching Antenna TV (we don’t have cable). We were watching the end of Different Strokes and then the beginning of … Continue reading Come and Knock on our Classroom Door, the Makey Makey and iPad are Waiting for You

Gallon Bot through Pic Collage

 Ever heard of Gallon Bot or Gallon Man? The concept is pretty simple, Gallon Bot is a fun way to learn about volume measurements. Gallon Bot is made up of the various sizes showing: Two quarts in a gallon, two pints in a quart, four cups in a pint. I decided to completely flip this idea using Pic Collage, I created my Gallon Bot using opens such as a gallon of milk, quarts of ice cream, pints of measuring cups and then paper cups for the body. I then made two large letter Cs for the hands, exclamation points for … Continue reading Gallon Bot through Pic Collage