Monday, December 4, 2017


Sorry I have been MIA!!! 

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Last year I used Bloomz to record my classroom adventures and communicate with my parents. I made a post everyday with pictures. My parent communication was amazing. Image result for bloomz

I even got to present the benefits of  Bloomz at my school and at a technology conference. However, at the end of the year they started charging parents to download pictures. I even heard they are charging schools now. 

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This year I have been struggling to find something to measure up. What do you use? 

Closing Down a School. . . 

Another reason I haven't post much is we closed down our school and moved into a 21 million dollar school. It was hard to pack up my classroom that I loved so much. 
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We had a Grand Opening for our new school. I was ask to give a speech and even got to be part of cutting the ribbon. 

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Here's a link to the full length presentation: 

This is our wonderful staff in front of our new building. 

As we were busy teaching this year, our old school was being torn down behind us. It was so sad. 

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Although painful to watch we will eventually get a playground built where our old school was. Which is great since we have not had a playground in 3 years. 

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The most exciting reason I have not been blogging is I got engaged!!! 

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

21 Elephants and Still Standing

Today we read a book called 21 Elephants and Still Standing. It was about when the Brooklyn Bridge was first built in 1880's built. Once the bridge was completed, it linked Brooklyn and New York City. But many were intimidated by its size, worried about its strength and questioned how long it would stand. P.T. Barnum, the creator of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, decided to stage a public spectacle to prove the bridge’s integrity. He planned a circus in Brooklyn and marched his elephants, all 21 of them, through Manhattan and across the bridge. The students worked in collaborating groups to construct their own bridges to hold 21 elephants. It was a great day connecting history with science and a whole lot of fun.

You can find the book and elephants on Amazon!! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

First Day in Classroom

It can't be that time already...... Ugh!!  Why does the summer go so fast?

Today I got to work in my classroom. It actually felt great to set things up. It's bittersweet. We are sad to see the summer go so quickly but the new year possibilities are endless. What other profession gets to start all over every year? We get a new class and a new beginning. Although I hate to see summer disappear, I am excited for the new year.

This is the progress I made on the first day:

I love my classroom rules but they needed an update. So after working all day in my classroom I came home and made some new ones with Melonheadz Clipart. These are free in my store. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pinnacle Leader

I applied for Pinnacle Leader this year. I went through extensive application process including classroom observation and interview. I have always wanted to be a pinnacle leader! Here is my role as a Pinnacle leader.

  1. Enhance existing 21st Century professionals to work in Gaston County Schools who will demonstrate the integration of proven technology into the Common Core and Essential Standards.
  2. Train participants in creating learner-centered classrooms where technology is a common tool for instruction and learning.  
  3. Create a cohort of teachers who will serve as technology leaders and mentors in their respective schools and assist the instructional technology facilitators in professional learning.
  4. Provide enrichment for existing technology leaders in our schools.

Elements of Pinnacle training will include but are not limited to the study of working with adult learners, technology integration, learner-centered vs. teacher-centered environments and emerging technologies that impact student learning.  
So, while most teachers were enjoying their first week of summer vacation. I was enjoying learning all about technology integration.  We had a four days of intensive training. Most days I left my brain was fried and I couldn't put a sentence together. I have never had a professional development workshop that changed your life, but that is exactly what pinnacle did. It changed my thinking and I will never teach the same way I use too. 

We were greeted Monday morning with a new Chromebook and iPad. I will also get a cart of 15 Chromebooks and 10 iPads for my students.

Our day consisted of working on our PLN and PDP. We got to learn about SAMR model through a ice cream analogy. 

We got to put our professional development goals on a Monopoly game board and collect stickers of all our break out sessions. Teachers love stickers!!! We also love complete things and checking off list. 

We also got to do a book study. My book was on digital leadership. I learned so much. 

Some of the other Pinnacle leaders did their book study on Teaching like a Pirate. We got to do a google hangout with the Author Dave Burgess. He was very inspiring and energetic. I ordered his book right away so I could read it also. 

One of my favorite projects were Stop Motion Movie Maker. It took us an hour and half to make a 9 second video. However, it was so much fun and I can't wait to try it with my students. 

We learned so many things, I can not wait to use them in my classroom. We also practice our timing on presenting. I did a presentation on the characteristic of a leader. 

Speaking on leaders..... We had the very best leaders. They were phenomenal. 

This was such a great week, It was certainly life changing. I can not wait to use everything I learned with my students.