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Student Blogging

Posted by Paige on September 20, 2009 in Best Practices, Technology |

blogsAh, it’s been far too long since I’ve been able to sit down and devote my time to a really good post. Well, better late than never. 🙂

So what’s been keeping me so busy? I now have 145 student blogs up and running. Whew! I can tell you that many times over the past couple of weeks I kept asking myself if I was out of my mind! When I came up with the idea of setting my students up with blogs I figured I would start with two… Continue reading

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Summer Reflections and Conclusions

Posted by Paige on August 28, 2009 in Rants, Technology |

You know the saying from Of Mice & Men, “The best laid plans…”, well that’s sort of what my summer was like. I originally thought it would be my typical: lay by the pool, read a ton of books on my Kindle, watch the 200 TED’s that are sitting in my iTunes, and generally relax. Unfortunately not one of those things occurred, but what did occur was an amazing amount of learning. So when I received the principal’s welcome back letter today I realized it’s time for some reflection and… Continue reading

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OneNote Files

Posted by Paige on August 22, 2009 in Best Practices |

As my mind now turns toward the upcoming school year I am diligently working on transferring all my files into OneNote folders. (If you missed my post about OneNote, it’s worth a look.) So this is just a quick post to let you know the folders are being updated and you can access them here.

BTW, if you don’t have OneNote in your MS Office suite. You can download a trial copy. It’s good for 60 days, and if you find that you don’t want to purchase it… Continue reading

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Truly Using Technology In The Classroom

Posted by Paige on August 18, 2009 in Best Practices, iPhone, Technology |

Yes, this does seem like an ad for Apple products, but get past that and think about what is really happening here. The ultimate engagement experience for students. My mind swims with the thought of having students who are excited about being in class. Instead of us just talking at them, they are partners in their own learning. This is how technology benefits us! This is truly my ideal, what I hope to experience as an educator before I retire. Hey, I have 20+ years to go, so maybe there’s hope!… Continue reading

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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

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