Taking the Five for Five Challenge

Hello Everyone,

I hope the new school year is off to a great start. I am heading into my fourth week of the school year and I’m pretty excited for what I have coming up this week. I’m taking the Five for Five Challenge. The #Five4Five Challenge is an initiative created by fellow educator and author Michael Matera (eXPlore like a Pirate) who encourages others to commit to doing one new-to-you (often creative) endeavor each day for five straight days. This isn’t my first #Five4Five Challenge. I did my first one this past summer when I reviewed Run like a Pirate by Adam Welcome. I reviewed and blogged about Run Like a Pirate each day and how each chapter resonated or challenged me through the reading. I had never at that point ever tried to do something like that before. Sufficient to say, it was truly amazing. I picked up a new level of reading enjoyment and applying the book to not only my classroom, but also my life. The last couple of weeks, I have been trying to figure out what a Five for Five Challenge should be for me this school year and I found the answer right in Kids Deserve It, also by Adam and Todd Nelsoney and a sticker from Tisha Richmond from her upcoming book, Make Learning Magical.

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Teaching your Way

As the first semester draws closer to an end (6 weeks for me). Teachers reach that moment where they start to reflect on their classroom teaching or the 90 Day reflection. As many of you know, I returned to the classroom this year after serving as an administrator and enrichment teacher the last few years. I went from reaching a large range of students in a small capacity to teaching high school students in six different sections on a Block Schedule. To say the least, it was not the easiest transition, especially taking the position just a little over two weeks before the new school year started. I was fortunate to have a portfolio from previous school years about the material that needed to be cover. However, after the first month, I felt that I wasn’t teaching the classroom the way I wanted to teach it. Don’t get me wrong, my new students enjoyed the fact that I wouldn’t lecture constantly, gave extra time to work on assignments instead of having extra homework. They also loved my XP Power ups (they still do). Yet something was still missing.  Continue reading “Teaching your Way”

The Kickbox Hour of Code Challenge Experience

Here is a video showing a successful running of the Kickbox Tickle App Coding Challenge. Based on the ST Math Kickbox challenge. In this video using the coding App Tickle. We coded a BB-8 Sphero, Sphero SPRK and Darkside Ollie in a Kickbox obstacle using fam dominos. The trick was to have BB-8 following the other Spheros as they get on of his way and he exits the Kickbox. Took about 4 tries to code correctly, but it was a lot of fun and challenging. It as Tyler found out in this video, it’s easy to get the obstacle robots … Continue reading The Kickbox Hour of Code Challenge Experience

The Office Remodel Part 1

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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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The Living Puzzle Brain

To wrap up my last blog post for 2014, I wanted to create a great Tech like a Pirate Lesson using my favorite app, Stick Around. I was originally inspired for this from Clay Reisler. He worked with his students on creating a puzzle on the human brain using Stick Around a few months ago. As many of you know, my wife has had Epilepsy for over 30 years and she was taking out her brain folder she did in high school on how the brainwork. I saw this and immediately thought of a great way to blend Teach like … Continue reading The Living Puzzle Brain