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Genius Hour: Mission Complete! (5 minute read)


Wow.  I can’t believe it’s already been 8 weeks since I started Genius Hour in my Resource class! Time really did fly by! Anyway, I’m excited to share with you my Genius Hour (GH) journey with you in hopes that you will be able to do something like this with your classes.  Lots of learning […]

HyperDocs in the Resource Room!


Ok, so I’m not gonna lie–it took me a bit to understand what HyperDocs were. I had gone to conferences and skimmed by Twitter posts regarding HyperDocs and finally caved.  I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Anyway, after reading a post from Shake Up Learning on Twitter, I stumbled across an […]

Flipgrid Introduces Genius Hour!


Howdy, partners! I know what you’re thinking:  where can I get a cool zebra cowboy hat like that? 😉 I have learned that students really appreciate you looking like a joke from time to time.  They seem to get a kick out of it. Today, I decided to use Flipgrid with my Resource students for the […]

Spring Breakout (Digital BreakoutEDU): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


WOW.  What a day.  I am proud to announce that I’ve executed my very first digital Breakout ever! And what an adventure it was. But let’s start from the beginning, shall we? If you’re not familiar with BreakoutEDUs, get familiar with them.  They are ah-mazing.  I was able to do a real one with the […]

MACUL 2018


It’s been a jam-packed 2 days, let me tell you. If you’ve never attended a MACUL conference, my apologies.  You don’t know what you’re missing.  I think they know that March is about the time when teachers start feeling the burn-0ut.  They know.  We’ve got standardized testing coming up (right after Spring Break, mind you!) […]

Our Gratitude Board!


Ok, so one of the unique things we do at my high school is have what we call a Moral Focus every month.  Each month has a different Moral focus which allows teachers and students to discuss and partake in activities that will help them become better people.  November’s Moral Focus is Gratitude, and I […]

Welcome to Room 111


Oh, well, he-LLO again! So nice of you to stop by again! Come on over and sit–let’s chat. Just to fill you in on what we’ve been doing in our high school Resource class, I’d like to squeeze 2 months-worth of activities in one post.  So, just a reminder, I am currently in a 1:1, […]

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Prelude to Chapter 2…


Hello, again, friends.  It’s been a while, hasn’t it? About 3 years, actually. Don’t hate me.  During that time, I had embarked on a new journey as a teacher at a virtual school.  Meaning, both students and teachers learned/taught virtually (from home).  While it was a new and exciting experience that gave me invaluable knowledge […]

Book Trailers Completed! \(0.0)/


Oh, happy day! I totally felt like this on Friday when we presented our book trailers! It’s been a long journey, through reading our novels, planning our trailers, then creating them on the iPads, but they did it.  I was so proud of them! This was a first-time journey for both them and me, but […]

Innovation Day 2013: Mission Accomplished!


So I’ve had several people ask me how Innovation Day went in my classroom.  To put it simply, it was awesome! Let me give you a run-down of our agenda for that day.  From talking to the students the day before, they knew they were to come to my room first thing after dropping off […]

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