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Jul 30 2015
Posted by: Elvira Gonzalez

My story:

I just graduated in May 2015 with my Masters in Early Childhood Education

A degree upon my hand, questions, reality slapping me left and right…

Is this a dream, did the wind really whispered in my ears?

Did I just hear, you are not done learning!

Is that true, I thought I was, or I hope I did!

Wow, grad school was such a journey

 

Where...

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Jul 28 2015
Posted by: Abdul Siddiqui

Cartoons: they aren’t exactly given the Shakespeare treatment in literature circles. Some scoff with derision, others giggle at the impropriety of it all, while others still meekly raise their hands and try to argue that if history teachers can get away with showing political cartoons, why aren’t English teachers allowed to demonstrate the finer points of Hamlet to toddlers through Sesame Street? But regardless of public attitude, it is fact that behind the pretty colors,...

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Jul 28 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

This week the Kentucky Writing Project took me on a retreat to Cumberland Falls State Park. It was everything a retreat should be: A lovely place with good company and delicious food and support for my work. However, the real gift was the time built into our schedule to work and to think.

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Jul 23 2015
Posted by: sheila cooperman

   I remember the old adage "Back when I was a boy"...and when I heard that, I knew that I was about to get a lesson on how easy I had it when I was young, compared to the difficulties and hardships my parents had.  And years later, I could finally understand the adage. "Back when I was a girl, we only wrote compositions on yellow, fuzzy paper with blurry red lines. We used the Reader's Guide green books to find resources, often squirreled away in the musty, dusty, stack in dimly lit...

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: David Perlis

At the Creativity Lab, we understand the worries and headaches that often go along with trying to design and create a makerspace. Just knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. In fact, we hear enough concern over how to create a makerspace that we host an entire workshop on the subject. So, what’s the secret to a “correct”...

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

From June 2015:

Finally a few minutes to view the Innovation Hour presentations and I was more impressed watching them after the fact than while I was there. So much great work by students came out of these projects, but viewing the montage video has helped me think more about what I want to do differently next year.

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

As I looked back at my journey with this project, I realized I had not provided enough opportunities for students to talk about their work with people outside their peers and receive feedback on their progress. This blog post outlines one of the times I did provide that opportunity and delves into why this is such an important component with this type of work.

From March 2015:

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

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This post details my efforts to find resources to help students overcome their fears of public speaking and prepare a rockstar presentation for the Innovation Hour Showcase event, as well as some thoughts on...

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

As any teacher can attest to, trying to be innovative in an industrial-era model of school is challenging. This blog post details some of the issues I faced as my students moved forward with their projects and negitiated the new model I set up. Some things we were able to work around with grant money and a little brainstorming, other things like school policy, stymied their progress.

From January 2015:

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Kevin Hodgson

(This originally appeared at Kevin's Meandering Mind)

Each year, when I teach Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, I make sure to read the first few chapters out loud to my sixth graders. This gives them a feel for the poetic style of writing and allows them to visualize some important elements of the setting.

It also leads me to a great passage on page 7 that always...

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Karen Fasimpaur

In the extremely rural place where I live, there is lots of space, but not a lot of public spaces in the conventional sense. No coffee houses, malls, or parklets. We do have large open pieces of public land and an amazing library.

A couple years ago, I wanted to start a seed library, and our local librarian graciously offered to host it at the library. I wasn't sure whether other people would be interested in it, but it turnout out that they...

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

After a few months with this project, we moved into Holiday Break which allowed some time to dig deeper into my students' blogs and evaluate the effectiveness of our approach to 20 Time. I made some big changes that alleviated some of the issues that kept cropping up across the teams.

From January 2015:

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

This blog represents a turning point for 20 Time in my classroom. The funding I was awarded, as well as the implementation of status reports changed the tides of student projects and progress in my class.

From December 2014:

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

Innovation Hour journey- Installment 4

From November 2014:

It seems like my classroom this year is a bundle of activity. I think much of it is attributable to the 20 Time projects, but some of it stems from my desire to not repeat the same lessons year to year. Changing things up each year keeps me and my students from getting bored, but it also creates a tension within myself that I never really have a handle on what is going on. Sometimes I wish I could just do the same...

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

As I continued with my 20 Time journey last Fall, I realized how important it is for students to see somebody who has walked the walk with following their passion. We watched lots of TED Talks and discussed how to find and follow a dream, but there is no substitute for live mentorship. This post come from October 2014:

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

Installment two, from September 2014:

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

This and future blog posts are meant to document my journey with the concept of 20 Time in the classroom. I started this project at the beginning of last school year and wrote about successes and failures along the way. This is post one, last August, as I planned the implementation of what became so much more than I thought it would!

From August 15, 2014:

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Jul 20 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

I’ve been thinking a lot about the issue of student shaming and why we shouldn’t do it. I agree with others who have argued that it is bad for our students  and it is bad for education, but perhaps if those arguments don’t appeal to those practicing student shaming then simple self-interest might.

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Jul 19 2015
Posted by: Kevin Hodgson

(This first appeared at Kevin's Meandering Mind)

Change the system

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