Monday, July 22, 2013

#LearningSummit - Day 1

Here are some Twitter highlights from the MCCSC Learning Summit using the hashtag #INeLearn

@MissPhillips3: "Educators need to be different, not better." @willrich45 #INeLearn #learningsummit

@lilyalbright: Are doing creative things through technology and passing THE test mutually exclusive? I don't think so. #INeLearn #learningsummit

@MrKrisWalsh: In the modern age, we don't need to worry about making kids "college ready" they need to be learning ready #inelearn #pcelearn @willrich45

@Abbyseif: #learningsummit Will Richardson talking about an inquiry-based classroom! Let's go there mccsc! Make public schools competitive.

@MissPhillips3: Find out what students wonder about.  Use this to create inquiry-based learning opportunities. #INeLearn #learningsummit

@MissPhillips3: Educators need professional networks full of diverse people to pull information from the world. #INeLearn #learningsummit

@hoosiertay: @willrich45 "Your classroom should become more like Shark Tank or Chopped."  On-the-spot creativity.  #learningsummit #INeLearn

@CameronRains: "Kids are entitled to their own mental images" Susan Zimmerman #learningsummit

@hoosiertay: @willrich45 paraphase:"Do we really need to split students into grade levels; education into subjects-Eng., Math, SS, Sci.?" #learningsummit

@lilyalbright: Are our students sharing their work in the real world? They should be! #INeLearn  #learningsummit

@Abbyseif: #learningsummit "Our goal is to have avid readers." Make reading joyful.

@saraikristi: Plan what kids will learn, not just what they will do #learningsummit

@lilyalbright: I'm trying to embrace: "We can't be creative if we refuse to be confused. Change starts w/confusion." @willrich45 My brain hurts. Well done!

@JohnHudson42: If your lesson can be "Khan-ified" is it really worth teaching to begin with? #INeLearn @willrich45

@JohnHudson42: 5yrs ago Students had to go to school to get an education. Not the case any more. So educators, we must adapt or become obsolete #INeLearn

@MissPhillips3: All of our students have background knowledge.  It just may not be the knowledge you expect/want them to have. S. Zimmerman #learningsummit

@JohnHudson42: Teachers are everywhere. Learners are everywhere. Classrooms are everywhere. #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: Top Learning Tools in 2012. How many of the Top 10 do you incorporate in your classroom? #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: What you ought to be learning at schools is you don't need to be taught in order to learn #INeLearn @willrich45

@JohnHudson42: We have to change our expectations for ourselves and our colleagues for tech integration. We need non-negotiables for everyone #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: Most technology problems aren't technology problems. Use technology to enhance our learning, not shut out the world around us. #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: @willrich45 "Computers should be used to amplify human potential." Quoting @garystager #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: @willrich45 "There has never been a better time to be a learner." #INeLearn

@JohnHudson42: @willrich45 "Schools can give every child an iPad and still give digital worksheets. That is a real problem." #INeLearn

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Moving to a New School

Toward the end of this past school year, I was given the opportunity to move to another school in our district.  It's nearly twice the size, yet, they are very similar in lots of areas.  At first I was hesitant about the move with all of the unknowns.  Moving to a new school means learning a new staff, school culture, students, parents, etc.  Not to mention I would be following a very very strong leader who is well liked and excellent at what he does.  After a few conversations with friends and family, I decided to take the opportunity and accepted the move.  I'm looking forward to the challenges of 'starting over' yet at the same time, joining an excellent school community.  I'm excited to begin my work and I will be keeping a blog journal about the transition.  Hope you decide to follow along.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The 'New' Book Report

Our school is beginning the transition of moving to a 1:1 model of instruction.  In a previous post I discussed our readiness for this transition.  Each student in three of our classrooms will receive an iPad this Friday.  We have some fun activities planned for the students to get them acclimated to the process of using the iPads for their school work.

One idea that our literacy coach, Emily Anderson (@eandersoniu), came up with was to have groups of students 'write' their book report using the iMovie app for iPad.  Students work together to make a storyboard, include text/pictures, and produce the iMovie.  The teacher is there as a support but the students are the lead writers, editors, and producers of the iMovie book report.  Very cool way to have students use technology to produce and showcase their learning!!

What other ways do your students showcase their learning, other than a traditional book report?

Friday, January 4, 2013


Tonight, we went out to eat and watch 'Lincoln' with friends of ours.  It is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.  Growing up I heard my grandfather talk a lot about Abraham Lincoln and what kind of leader he was for our country during one of its most turbulent times.  While listening to my grandfather speak, the thing that stuck out more than his leadership skills was just the kind of man he was to so many people.  Numerous books were read by my grandfather about the man Lincoln became and I was fortunate to have some of those books passed on to me. Sure, the movie 'Lincoln' showed what kind of leader he was, but I think it solidified what kind of man he was for our country.  We could certainly use some of that leadership ability in our government right now.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Daddy and Daughter Day

There aren't many benefits (if any) of my wife and I working for different school districts.  Our vacations very rarely match which causes some trouble.  One of the few benefits is that I get to have a Daddy and Daughter day with our youngest, Allison.  Today, she chose to eat at a local pizza buffet which also has games to play. We had a GREAT time together.  I'm sure one of these days I'll look back on our Daddy and Daughter days and wish they were still here.  My goal is to make sure I have plenty of these days before it's too late.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Back Home Again in Indiana

We took our time getting up and around on the last day of our trip.  We left Pigeon Forge at about 10:00 a.m. and said goodbye to the mountains.  I don't mind the drive home from Pigeon Forge.  It's not too long and the girls are pretty good travelers, as long as the iPads have full batteries.
As we got closer to home it was clear that we had a lot of snow still on the ground.  This is a picture near the entrance of Spring Mill State Park.  Tonight I'm catching up on emails, Twitter, and my blog.

Day 1 - Waterpark

We decided to get out of town for a few days and travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Normally we stay in my parents' time share at Bent Creek but unfortunately they were booked.  It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we were able to find a hotel with an indoor water park.  The girls absolutely loved it!