It was April of 2014, I was just a month and a half from completing my second year at Christian Life Schools and something happened. I felt burnt out. I had barely been in education for almost four years and I remember sitting in my office. I was fixing a few forgotten gmail passwords and was told on twitter: “You have to do something else with your App Dice, they are getting boring.” I had no other major planned classroom lessons happening until close to May 1st and I had just sent off my clean up for iPads for classrooms and final eRate quotes to be reviewed and I looked at my blog and went: “What can I do?” “What is the point, if I’m not in the classroom.” “I’m just another tech guy with no classroom and nothing better to do.” “I’m not good enough to do anything innovative or new.” Then I had Barbara Gruener point me towards a guy named, Dave Burgess and his book, Teach like a Pirate.
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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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March Madness is here again and so are everyone’s favorite brackets. Now, everyone knows that brackets are set up to show what teams are playing who and the winner of each round will go to face off the team that advances. Well, being in the spirit of March Madness and of course Teach like a Pirate (you knew it was coming). I have decided to create a type of Bracket set for coding. As many know, I am trying to get our Donors Choose funded by next Wednesday and the clock is ticking. I wanted to show everyone how you could integrate brackets into your Sphero Edu or Coding classroom. Continue reading “March Madness Bracket Coding”
Welcome to the middle of the week where starting today I’m going to be talking about how you start your various classroom creations. Today, I’m talking about getting your own Genius Hour started. Starting this Friday I will have grades 1, 2, and 5 completely in Genius Hour. Be the end of next week grades 3 and 4 will begin with plans on Kindergarten in the next couple of weeks. I’ve received many messages on how I was able to get this ball rolling with so many classes in such a short time and how am I managing it. First … Continue reading Creating that 20% Innovation Time
Using Chatterpix, Explain Everything, Camera Roll and Google Search. I created this great little App Smash video to show my students one of my creations for Genius Hour. Continue reading Maple the Guinea Pigs talks about some unknown Guinea Pig Facts
Its Tech Tuesday and I’m celebrating by starting Genius Hour with my 1st graders. Yep, I’ve pulled out Pure Genius by Don Wettrick, studied my Pinterest and even been in a few Genius Hour classrooms myself and we are ready to kick it off. So, how am I’m planning on getting our little geniuses started. 1. We will start will the classic pasta building exercise. This is where students have to use uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows to build towers and buildings. However, since we are starting our penguin unit, the students are going to then create their own igloos they … Continue reading Padlet, Pasta and Penguins
Does your classroom love puzzles? Do you love creating puzzles with Up in Pieces? Well, I have a great DIY in the Classroom for you. I was doing a Pinterest search and found a wonderful classroom activity where teachers took puzzles and wrote words on the back and the students would have to then find the matching word with it to assemble the puzzle. Well, of course I had to do this and also come up with some great Pure Genius and Teach like a Pirate Hook. So, if you have ever gone to Up in Pieces you can upload your … Continue reading Puzzle with Words
No, not Charlie Brown and the Gang but you can. I’m talking about every day run of the mill peanuts. Of course if you stop by the Fisher’s factory a half an hour from me those are fantastic! However, I’m talking about peanuts today, now man are thinking: “Oh great, going to talk about nut allergies.” Well, I will but I’m here to instruct and teach and use a little Pure Genius and TLAP here and yes, maybe a Little What’s Under your Cape? What can you teach with peanuts that I was snacking on while we celebrated an uncle’s … Continue reading Teaching with Peanuts