A Fake Sense of Urgency

False Urgency

We are constantly bombarded with information. We get text messages, social media alerts, and emails that we feel need to be attended to. It’s hard to ignore a ringing phone or beeping alert. Our devices can seem to hold us…

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Teacher Hashtags and Inspiration

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The ending of The Kindergarten Teacher has been haunting me. I don’t want to spoil it for you though as I am sure there are many people who have not yet seen the film. I wrote about it last week…

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Comic Strip Newsletters

I went to a workshop last week and a fellow teacher told me that she does her newsletters in a comic strip format. I thought it was a great idea for several reasons. It’s Visual! Large blocks of text often…

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How I’ve Been Using Facebook in My Teaching

As an experiment this year, I decided to embrace social media to help open the lines of communication with students and parents. It’s only three months into the school year, but I thought I’d share with you my progress thus…

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The Gay Insult

Describing things as gay has become the latest all-encompassing insult. “That’s so gay!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard those words or a variation of them. Kids, in particular, are using it a lot and it is starting…

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Teaching Tip Tuesday – Twitter in the Classroom

I found this cool document that gives you 29 ways you can use Twitter as a learning tool in your classroom. I think teachers should be embracing technology and bringing it into the classroom. I have found that the students…

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Twitter Tip – Creating a Threaded Discussion

One of the most frustrating things about Twitter is trying to have a conversation with someone. When you reply to a tweet, it isn’t threaded at all. There is no subject heading so it can often be unclear as to…

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Laughs in the Mail

I got this letter in the mail on Friday and I laughed out loud. It’s not often a letter can evoke laughter from me. Laughter that brightens up my whole day. Laughter that was desperately needed that day. Before I…

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Please Think Before You Tweet

Twitter is a great platform. It allows you to express yourself quickly and succinctly. You can connect with other people and share your thoughts or observations, all in less than 140 characters. The only problem with it is that it…

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Love Story Meets Viva La Vida

I so love Twitter. Ryan D. Scott posted this message up yesterday: “Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp, Taylor Swift and Coldplay = holy fantastic. Thanks @jonschmidty http://bit.ly/BjfHR” I follow Ryan because he is a good blogger and posts some interesting thoughts,…

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