My Trip to Edcamp Chicago

This past Saturday, I attended EdCamp Chicago in Elmhurst at Churchville Middle School. A school I once played at during my Middle School Basketball days about 24 years ago (I’m old). I had the great pleasure of hanging with my state line Pirate Crew of Michael Matera, Andrea Kornowski, Carrie Baughcum, Josh Gauthier, and Rebecca Gauthier. Edcamps are fantastic to go to. They are a true un-conferience organized by awesome people like: Joy Kirr, Steve Wick, Maria Stavropoulos, Chris Skrzypchak  and  Carrie Baughcum and her daughter, Tricia. The opening to EdCamp Chicago was a Yoga session at the begnning, no … Continue reading My Trip to Edcamp Chicago

Coming to an Art Room Near you!

    Happy Monday Everyone! I am pleased to announce that this past Saturday afternoon, while on a quest to find some Star Wars The Force Awakens action figures at a Super Target, my iPhone went off. I looked at the notification and it told me that our Donors Choose had been funded. Extremely ironic since I walked down an aisle that had both Sphero SPRK and Ollies on the shelf as I read the notification. As I smiled like I had found a BB-8 marked down to $2, I immediately sent a Snapchat to my fellow teachers and they … Continue reading Coming to an Art Room Near you!

Six Degrees of Who?

Happy President’s Day, I spent the day off like any other working husband and father. I cleaned up the house, finished work on my cadency exam (5 weeks to go) and of course time with the family. We were enjoying some cinnamon rolls I had just made when they were talking about Cindy Crawford on the GMA. For those who don’t know, I grew up in Sycamore, IL which is the neighboring town to DeKalb, IL where Cindy Crawford grew up in. Well, true story, Cindy was my babysitter once in 1983. My wife was laughing how I knew so … Continue reading Six Degrees of Who?

Time to Code with Stick Around

Its the Hour of Code Week, what are you doing for Coding with your students or with yourself? For me, I am doing a great little Coding fun with my Kindergarten class today and I’m using one of their favorite Apps, Stick Around to teach them and make an App S’more. 1. I have the students create their favorite item at Christmas, this can be a tree, wreath, lights, etc using Doodle Buddy or Google Draw. 2. Next I take those images and create a background for a Stick Around Puzzle. I then add the stickers with either words, symbols … Continue reading Time to Code with Stick Around

Do you want to build a Snowman Pirate Style?

Most of you are reading the title of this post and going: “Oh great!” “Another Frozen project, just what we need.” However, we all know I don’t like to just go with a traditional spin on something like making a cardboard Olaf or mini jars full of cotton and paper. No, I’m going a different route here and of course I’m borrowing a little Pirate flair in the process. As you can see by the above image, I have an entire set of snowmen created by a local grade school class assembled into a melody of snowmen and in some … Continue reading Do you want to build a Snowman Pirate Style?

Stay warm with some SAMR App S’mores to Drink

We’ve all seen the SAMR coffee model created by Tim Holt. Where he described the SAMR Model perfectly with Starbucks coffee. Now that winter is upon us, I thought this was a great time to do my App S’more for making a great cup of hot cocoa you can share and create with your students. 1. Have students talk about how they love their hot cocoa or chocolate and what they have in it. Next have students create what they believe to be their ultimate cup of hot cocoa and add the recipe to a Google Doc. 2. Next using … Continue reading Stay warm with some SAMR App S’mores to Drink

Where did the top of the Christmas Tree Go SAMR Story

Hey Everyone, I hate to say it but I have had a lot of things taken from me lately. I had the top of my mini Christmas Tree, just the top, not the tree. I had a set of eight copies of my book ordered and then cancelled and then I had the magnets from the back of my van stolen when I was grocery shopping. While I don’t find any of it the least bit funny over these people who think its funny to take something away from someone in small pieces. I decided to channel this into a … Continue reading Where did the top of the Christmas Tree Go SAMR Story