#DBC50Summer Reading


Summer is here, like many educators, we look at the days of the 3 other Rs: Refuel, Recharge, and Read. Summer was always a time of reading for me, back to the day where I would sit on the front porch in summer reading comic books or the latest novel that caught my interest. In the Summer of 2014, something drastic happened, as many of you know as the school year came to a close in 2014 I was feeling burned out. I wasn’t feeling very motivated, I was more of an administrator than teacher and I would go into my office and just look at my screen after finishing paper work and go: “Now what?” However, it was that Spring I discovered Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and things completely changed. I found a re-ignition of passion and began buying every book that would be released by Dave Burgess Consulting Inc and they became my constant PD books during the summer. In the past two months thanks to Dave and Shelly Burgess, Jay Billy, Wendy Hankins¬†and some well timed Amazon Gift Cards. I started my Summer of 2018 reading list in early May of a whopping 8 books. I’m here to give a brief review of them, what I found amazing about each one and a little sneak peak at home I’m using them in the classroom this upcoming school year as I begin building the Classroom of Pixels (#PixelClassroom).

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The Office Remodel Part 1


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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Selfies in the Classroom with Instagram

social-1206610_1280A while ago, I posted about using social media in the classroom. Mostly by using the various features of Instagram along with sister Apps. Well, as many of you know, Instagram and its sister Apps had overhauls on both designs and features. I’m going over a few ways you can use Instagram in your classroom and using the various sister Apps both with and outside of Instagram.

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The Smashbook re-inspired my love of Journaling

Happy Monday everyone, if you have been following my Twitter feed the last few day you know I have been teasing Smashbooks. In a previous entry a few days ago, I talked about what a Smashbook was and how you could do them digitally through either iPads or Chromebooks. However, I wasn’t doing these pushes for a student or classroom Smashbook because I thought they were cool. I started doing them because they brought me back into journaling. Way back in 6th grade, I started my own journal. It was the classic dime store mini notebook and I wrote in … Continue reading The Smashbook re-inspired my love of Journaling

Making the Digital Smash Book

I had several people email and tweet me on how to create a digital Smash Book for either their classroom or themselves. For those who don’t know, a Smash Book is an unplanned and on-the-move scrapbook is the easiest way to describe it. The principal behind it and the basic elements are quite the same, except for preparation and presentation. A smash book is a journal in which one pastes pictures, embellishments, memorabilia et al on the go. They are great for students keeping a classroom journal and teaching them sketch note taking, organizing thoughts and ideas. I created this … Continue reading Making the Digital Smash Book

Classroom Smashbook

A few days ago while I was cleaning up my house during a snow day, I came across my old journal that I started almost five years ago and discovered I had not written in it for over two years. I decided I was going to change that but I didn’t want it to be the same old: “This happened today”. While most people do online journals such as blogs or use Apps like Evernote and Notability I decided to incorporate the use of pictures and sketch notes. This is known as a Smashbook, which is a combination of a … Continue reading Classroom Smashbook