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High Flying STEM!

Well . . . after spending 25 years teaching in a traditional framework (last post), now I feel like I can finally TEACH!  The handcuffs are off, and I am free to inspire, motivate, and challenge my students to be the best learner he/she can be!  This in turn, challenges me to be the best teacher that I can be!!  Sooo exciting!

This past school year (2017 – 2018), I had the opportunity to teach in a blended technology and project based classroom.  I collaborated with three other teachers who were also piloting this program for our district.  The school year started out a little rough, since the online learning programs were not ready to go.  However, I knew what I needed to do to build my classroom community for a successful year.

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My Beginning Journey!

Time for a quick confession:  I have been struggling with a challenge . . .  a huge challenge.  For years I have researched instruction, curriculum, and assessment in every subject area of the PK-8 curriculum.  Now, after 26 years in the classroom, as a practitioner, I am still not satisfied with my instruction.  How can this be?  Shouldn’t my job be clockwork?  Shouldn’t I have this “teaching” thing down to a “T“?  Ugh!!  I struggle!!

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Welcome to My Blog!

Hello Friends!!

I am excited to have this opportunity to share my journey with you!!  I hope to help you along your journey to personalizing education in a digital world or simply using technology to support learning for your students.  My doctorate dissertation focused on this exact area, so I feel like I have a basic foundation of knowledge about implementing technology to support instruction.  However, the technological world is constantly changing, which means I am constantly learning new things.

Since 2010, I have been teaching intermediate elementary education using a “flipped” classroom model IN my classroom, since many of my students did not have access to internet OR a device.  This method was proving successful, as I was able to meet the needs of more learners when introducing and reviewing content.  Student achievement scores were increasing and the achievement gap was closing.

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