Smart Decision, or Smart Disaster?

Posted by Paige on August 11, 2009 in Best Practices, Technology |

I have been teaching for 11 years, and while I wasn’t a super fantastic teacher out the gate, I can now say I’m a good teacher. I don’t think that is an arrogant statement, it is simply a fact. How do I know I’m good? Sure my students always improve on the state tests, but I know I’m doing something right because my students improve period. They always get better. From September to June I watch as my students become better readers, better writers, better thinkers and yes, better test takers (not… Continue reading


What The Heck Is That?

Posted by Paige on July 23, 2009 in Best Practices, Technology |

RSSToday was funny (peculiar, not haha). Yesterday when I started thinking about posting my top Google tips I knew that I wanted today’s post to be about Google Reader (a tool I heavily rely on). Then today I was showing my site to my husband and three teachers. Each of them asked “what is that little thing in the coffee cup?” (BTW, a HUGE thank you to the maker of this theme, Edward Caissie for doing so much to make my cute little icon work!). My response was, “that’s how you can… Continue reading


Google Rules The World!

Posted by Paige on July 22, 2009 in Best Practices, Technology |

874668_08be_625x1000If you do a search for the phrase “Google Rules The World” you will come up with 2,010 hits on Google, and about the same number on Yahoo. My point is there’s lots of chatter about Google and their enormous suite of products (I don’t even know all of them). Then why is it that so few educators (that I know) use Google products? As I was talking with a friend the other day it occurred to me that many just don’t know about all Google has to offer. Continue reading


52 Teachers, 52 Lessons

Posted by Paige on July 21, 2009 in Best Practices |

While I am no “newbie” when it comes to reading blogs, I most certainly am a newbie when it comes to authoring and setting-up one (see previous post!). That’s why I am extra honored to have been included yesterday in Tom DeRosa’s series 52 Teachers, 52 Lessons. Tom asks the insightful question: “what is the most important advice you can give to other teachers?”

It was so hard to narrow down my thoughts, but in the end I opted for some advice for a new teacher.

Tom is on week 25 of the series… Continue reading


The Amazing Drop.io

Posted by Paige on July 13, 2009 in Best Practices, Technology |

I heard about Drop.io last year and immediately thought of a dozen ways to use it in my personal life. In fact, it just came in handy when I needed to get a huge slideshow to a friend for use in his wedding. However, the more I thought about it the more I realized just how useful a tool Drop.io could be in my classroom.

First let me back-up a few months… Sometime last Spring I read a blog (I am SO sorry I don’t… Continue reading

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