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How Do You Start the New School Year as a Brand New Teacher Librarian?

Well, I start by collaborating with my inspiring colleagues. There is nothing like starting a new job to remind you how much we need to support each other as educators. Thank you, @msawoods! Before school started, my colleague Amy Woods and I made a seventh grade orientation lesson involving QR codes. Instead of talking at […]

4 EASY Digital Tools for Starters and Exit Tickets

When it comes to entry routines—whether we call them starters, bell ringers, or do nows—I have tried every system you can think of. Now that my students have iPads, there are even more options. Over the past year, I’ve experimented quite a bit with different digital tools for formative assessment and engagement.  This blog will […]

#IMMOOC Week 5: Moving Forward #InnovatorsMindset

I just finished watching the YouTube Live session for #IMMOOC Week 5. I was struck by the part of the conversation (around minute 35:00) where Tom Murray talks about the popularity of conference sessions with titles like “50 Apps in 50 Minutes.” Murray notes that the 50 Apps session is “jam packed, down the hallway,” […]

#IMMOOC Week 4 (Part 1): 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classrooms

This week I reread the beginning of chapter 8 where George Couros writes about what happens to students when they struggle in our schools: The teacher may even recommend and extra math class in leu of electives. What often happens in such situations is that the student does not improve in math but learns to […]

#IMMOOC 1: Change As an Opportunity for Growth

Change is the opportunity to do something amazing – George Couros, The Innovator’s Mindset In the book The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros talks about the very real possibility that schools will become obsolete if we educators don’t figure out how to align our practice to a rapidly changing world. No, we educators don’t have to change, but if we […]