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If You Can Read This…

Thank A Teacher! cc licensed flickr photo shared by clevercupcakes “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~Henry Brooks Adams This marks my 50th blog post. A milestone for a reluctant writer. Yet, the accomplishment is not mine alone. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of those around […]
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There Ain’t No Stoppin’ Them Now!

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” ~Walt Disney cc licensed flickr photo shared by Tim Riley 澳大利亚 We can learn a lot from Walt Disney. His dreams and collaboration with others created the “Happiest Place on Earth.” […]
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And the Oscar goes to…

Yes, it is the night of the Academy Awards. A time for glitz and glamor. A time to celebrate the talents of screenwriters, actors, actresses, directors, and so many more. The movies entertain us. They takes us to places we may never visit. They reveal new perspectives and dreams. They have a way of lifting […]
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Planting Seeds

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are the seeds of today.”                   ~Author Unknown The winter temps in Iowa have been on a roller coaster lately. The warm temps in the 40’s and 50’s taunted us for a few days and then temps took a nose dive. Snow is in the air and I am […]
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What Makes You Jump For Joy?

As Valentine’s Day nears, it seems fitting to reflect on one’s passions. Recent blogs, conversations, and twitter messages have inspired me to do just that. Rich McGrath recently blogged: Why I Love Being a Principal. In his blog, he shared his passions: Kids, Teachers, and Colleagues. His passion clearly shines through! Rich’s daughter is currently […]
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Our First Day of Blogging!

Yesterday was one of those days I’ve dreamed about for 5 months! I’ve watched class after class (through Twitter) start to blog. As an instructional coach, I spoke of the benefits, as did a principal at one of my schools. We both started to blog ourselves in order to fully understand the concept. Before Christmas […]
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A teacher affects eternity …

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” ~ Henry Ford How do we move from being a novice at something to being comfortable with the process? Think about a time you engaged in new, deep learning. What did you need to have in place? Support from others? More information? More time […]
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The Twitter Buffet

Preparing to introduce Twitter this week to a group of elementary teachers has caused me to reflect on my own Twitter journey. I joined the world of Twitter on October 8, 2008. I used Bwitterday to determine my Twitter birthday. It wasn’t until this past summer that I truly got the hang of Twitter and […]
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Finding your Passion

“Passion is contagious and when you have the courage to share your passion for life with those around you, it can inspire others to find the path to their dreams!” ~Michele DeVille Communicating with other educators around the world through the use of Twitter, Blogs, and other Web 2.0 tools is reminiscent of my first […]
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Taking the Plunge!

As a young child, I had a favorite saying, “Every day the thing to do is learn a little something new.” In all the years since uttering that youthful sentiment, I find I still adhere to it as much now as I did then. But at my current level of maturity and experience, I’d revise […]