Having Productive Reflection

The Polar Vortex came down from the north and did something to many towns and many schools. It cancelled school. Yes, many of us found ourselves at home with our families as we waited for the call clear from our school district to return to our regularly scheduled classroom. While these many cold days were filled with trying STEAM challenges, writing, and dissertation work, something amazing happened from a voice from my past, one of my former podcast members.

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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”

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 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”