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January 2011 Blog Posts (46)

Twitter 101

I have recently spoken and chatted online with folks about the power of Twitter as a professional development tool. I have also posted to blog posts on my feelings and experiences with Twitter titled Twitter 101 and Twitter Has Changed My Life. Some of the…

Added by Josh Stumpenhorst on January 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

We’ve got to get women to sit at the table!

I am passionate about Leadership!

I spent 14 years as an Elementary School Principal and 5 years as a Project Director of a Title VII Language and Literacy program. 19 years in Leadership that were exciting but often times, very challenging.

In that time, as a building, program and instructional…


Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on January 20, 2011 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

10 steps for educators new to Twitter...

Educators from all around the world are beginning to use Twitter as a valuable piece in their professional growth toolbox. As professional development continues to evolve and transform, we will need new ways to encourage teachers to embrace new opportunities. Here is a "How… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on January 20, 2011 at 4:45am — No Comments

14 books educators should read...

Here are 14 books that I have read over the last two years that have had a positive effect and impact on me as an educator. Some of these books were read in the book club at Seckman High School, and some were read as part of my doctoral studies. Despite doing a lot more online reading of late (blogs, articles, etc...), I still feel that books play an important role in educator growth and development. Please comment and let me know what you would add to the list.… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on January 20, 2011 at 4:44am — No Comments

10 reasons to get educators blogging...

5 reasons educators should start reading blogs:

1) - Blogs are the heart of learning and sharing...

If you are an idea and inspiration junkie like myself, then you will find blogs to be extremely beneficial. Educators of all ages and backgrounds are bringing their ideas, reflections and experiences to one convenient location; their blog.… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on January 20, 2011 at 4:43am — No Comments

Technology in PE

This being a technological age I am trying to keep up with the times and incorporate more technology into my teaching, especially in the gym. I have used pedometers to motivate students to be more active. I have brought in ipods to videotape students perform various skills and then have them assess themselves and others on how well they have done. Now I am looking at blogging and creating a website to keep students and parents motivated about being healthy and active. Any ideas on what others… Continue

Added by Colleen Sullivan on January 19, 2011 at 3:45pm — No Comments

The Impact of Negative Stress on Learning

The Impact of Stress on Learning


Stress causes changes in the body-brain system and actually inhibits learning.  John Medina states on his website Brain Rules that, “Stress damages virtually every kind of cognition that exists. It damages memory and executive function.” This has tremendous implications for teachers.


What Happens in the Brain


You are probably already aware of the physical…


Added by Diane Dahl on January 17, 2011 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

Productive Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences. Twice a year,(or more), we sit down with our students’ parents and relay the good or bad news about their child. A parent teacher conference can go two ways, productive or non-productive. I recall many conferences, and many types of parents. The wonderful, supportive, parent, the hostile parent, the parent that won’t leave no matter how many times you stand up, the ones who just nod, the appreciative parents, the ones who share every aspect of their lives,…


Added by Lisa Mims on January 16, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments

The difference between PLEs and PLNs

 A Personal Learning Environment is more of a concept than a particular toolset - it doesn't require the use of any particular tool and is defined by general concepts like: distributed, personal, open, learner autonomy. These conceptual attributes influence the types of tools individuals select to engage in learning. Often, PLEs are presented in contrast to organizational learning management systems....


Added by Susan Burg on January 15, 2011 at 6:19pm — No Comments

PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Learning Competencies

This free 5 week session will take a look at the current situation by clarifying the concepts of personal learning environments and networks (PLNs). Participants will learn by doing, creating their own Personal Learning Environment and adding tools relevant to their individual needs as the 5-week session evolves.




Added by Susan Burg on January 15, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments

What KIND of technology is in your school?

I am curious to know what kind of technology your school has.  Smartboards?  1:1?  Computer lab?  Projectors?  Does your school pay for grading systems like Gradelink?  Document cameras?  Thanks for sharing!

Added by Angie Rumsey on January 14, 2011 at 1:51pm — 6 Comments

Steps to make a video using iPod Touch and iPad

In my previous post I talked about the idea of using iPod Touch and iPad for the whole process of shooting, editing and posting a video (on YouTube, for example).  A few teachers were interested in more details of the process so that they have a better idea on how to implement it in their classes... …


Added by Paulino Brener on January 14, 2011 at 8:54am — No Comments


We all know that what we need to develop in children more than the hability to memorize contents, skills that give them the opportunity to know and do more things. Today teachers are facing a changing world where children want to do, more than to learn how, they got skills and want to practice them. They handle digital devices, smartphones, tablets, videogames, and sometimes teachers are not at that pace. Our classrooms need to be transformed in motivating places where children have fun and…


Added by MAYUS CHAVEZ on January 14, 2011 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

Metacognitive Strategies for Reading Comprehension

Metacognitive Strategies for Reading Comprehension


Students who are taught reading comprehension strategies aremore successful readers.  Whilesome students may eventually learn some of these strategies on their own, theycan be taught quite effectively in the early elementary grades.  Here are ten reading…


Added by Diane Dahl on January 10, 2011 at 9:55pm — 11 Comments

Happy New Year! A Teacher's Resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions, who really keeps them? I make them every year, in a list,mentally, verbally to others, and I never, ok, rarely keep them. But here are some resolutions I think all teachers should keep:

I resolve to:

1. treat all students fairly, regardless of race, gender, age, behavior, parent’s nasty attitude, desire to be educated, or lack of interest in learning

2. believe all children can learn, no…

Added by Lisa Mims on January 9, 2011 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Do you have great blogging ideas for kids?

Hello Educators,…


Added by Angie Rumsey on January 9, 2011 at 6:10pm — 15 Comments

What does your PLN mean to you? Please Comment in Google Doc!

Hello all (or where I hail…


Added by Dov Emerson on January 9, 2011 at 4:06pm — No Comments

The Student As Historian - DBQ Strategies and Resources at SlideShare

Over the last few weeks I've been guiding teams of teachers on reflective classroom walkthroughs. During the course of one of our "hallway discussions" I asked a social studies teacher, "who's the historian in your classroom?" After a bit of give and take, we concluded that in the traditional…


Added by Peter Pappas on January 9, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Writing Assignment Ideas Using Storybird

I had a question posted on my blog regarding assignment ideas on Storybird.  This got me thinking, so I posted some ideas on my blog.  You can check them out at Caffeinated Teaching.  Please comment and share your own ideas!

Added by Betsy Spence on January 6, 2011 at 10:52pm — No Comments

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