Taking the Five for Five Challenge

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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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How one compliment can make a student’s day

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Last week, I was wrapping up first quarter on STEAM with my kindergarten class and something that was a big hit was having a compliment read to them or them reading one themselves. I had used one of Tony Vincent‘s random HTML compliment QR Codes since we were learning about how to use QR Codes in the classroom and I also used my own random compliment QR Code. Some of the students just wanted to keep scanning or hitting the reload button to get a new compliment. Taking a page from Master the Media by Julie Smith. Julie pointed out in Chapter 8 about teaching a person how to navigate the internet or use proper tools associated with the internet will help them understand more.

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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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Breakout Edu App Smash

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The last few days, I have been setting up Breakout Edu sessions for my teachers. I’ve been scanning Varage Sale, Amazon and local garage sales to get locks and pieces on a budget. Being a 2-1 school of both iPads and Chromebooks, I have been integrating and looking for ways to utilize technology for our new Breakout Edu sessions. Just the other day, I discovered the awesome Locks by Breakout Edu IOS App. It is awesome, you can set up all the various types of locks and store them in a digital library right on your IOS device. All you need is to set up a free User Account. In fact, you can set up a classroom account and program in the various puzzles for each lock and then set up them up around your room or school with ease. Just make sure you stay connected to a wi-fi source. Continue reading “Breakout Edu App Smash”

Taking Apps out of the Useless Folder

Greetings everyone and Happy Hump Day. If you are look at the top image and seeing Teacher Andy up there you are probably saying: “Wait what?!” or “Why are you displaying android, IOS and GAFE up there?” Well, its pretty simple, I was working with a few students of mine the other day and we were going over Evernote. For those who don’t know, Evernote is a great productivity App that can be used for note taking, journaling, presenting and voice notes and synchs across all platforms from mobile to desktop. Two of my teachers decided to have students start … Continue reading Taking Apps out of the Useless Folder

Who am I Teach Like a Pirate Badge

I wanted to share this Teach like a Pirate lesson. The entire World is a Stage Hook and Pantomime Hook are some of my favorites since my undergraduate is in theatre. I thought it would be great if a student or teacher dressed up like someone and they gave clues or were a mime and the students would have to make guesses who they were. To take it the next level, instead of the student or teacher saying who was right or wrong, they have a “Hello my Name is” badge that has a QR Code or Aurasma target image … Continue reading Who am I Teach Like a Pirate Badge