Friday, September 23, 2016

Be More Dog #IMMOOC

As of yet, I am completely inept at foretelling the future. However, I plan out my day, my work, my vacations, and even the grocery shopping with an almost absolute certainty. I am often well-prepared, calm, and equipped for the tasks before me. Except when I'm not... Because life happens, there are unforeseen variables, and people don't always operate on my schedule.

I'm faced with change... And my perception of change and the possibilities or opportunities that I choose to embrace as a result will have a great impact on what happens next.

And so... I want to "Be More Dog."

And as an educator... I want that for students, teachers, administrators and the system as a whole. Changes, though often scary, can reap benefits far beyond the obvious. And let's face it... we really are helping students develop skill sets for an unforeseeable future.

Embrace the change! Go Dogs!

Friday, April 15, 2016

COMPILE: Make a Difference!

Our spring COMPILE was filled with communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. From starting out on a Goose Chase for random objects with an unknown team to random content and grade levels to explore through making, all of our participants rose to the challenge and pushed each other to envision a more innovative learning environment for our students.

Our morning project content:
·        Intro to #COMPILE Teacher Makers
·        ELA Grammar Sort – Digitize It!
·        Math Rube Goldberg Machine – Film It!
·        9th Grade Cooking Show – Film It!
·        Math and Social Studies Game Board – Craft It!
·        1st Grade Plant Cycle – Design It!
·        Kindergarten Sentence Structure – Code It!
·        Math Classification of 2D and 3D Objects – Code It!
·        11th Grade ELA Tone Word Reference Guide – Craft It!

Our afternoon at ACU’s Maker Lab further challenged our critical thinking skills… (Our 65 lbs. supported by one sheet of paper really was impressive… but those 4th graders who could support 225 lbs. still have us beat!)