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  • I-Can’t-Why-Not-I-Just-Can’t

    “I can’t.” “Why not?” “I just can’t.” Those are the words from the “Go Noodle” video, “Peanut Butter Cup.” The kids love that one. We close our day with “Go Noodle”…what a great way to end the day. But that’s not why my blog post starts that way. No, I just couldn’t write tonight. I’ve […]

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  • A Need to Belong

      An essential element of the personalized learning classroom is CHOICE. The definition I use for CHOICE is cobbled together from a variety of sources; take a look: “Learners must have ownership and invest in their learning. Learning should appeal to individual interests, strengths, and needs as well as enable one to develop and manage […]

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  • The Missing Muse

      I have a blog post just ready to be shared…but I can’t. I just can’t. I know what words to share but I need to find the article responsible for my inspiration behind “Spill the Ink.” I saw it the other day but I. Cannot. Find. It. Now. Ugh. I will keep searching until […]

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  • The Art of Hearing

    One of my greatest joys is to share what is happening in our classroom. There’s this blog, of course. We’ve also had visitors from several neighboring school districts over the past several months. Then a couple of weeks ago, I spoke with Christine McCormick, Director of Technology for our district. She was interested in learning […]

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  • Tracks of Thinking

    Yesterday I shared some beginning thoughts about making learning and thinking visible. The power of being able to get pictures of our students’ thinking in powerful. It provides us with valuable insight into their understandings and misconceptions. As we study Mildred Taylor’s brilliant novel, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”, I’ve invited the kids to […]

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  • there’s more.

    Around 10:00 a.m. this morning, we had guests visit our learning space. A group of teachers from the Loveland school district spent two hours learning about the work we’re doing around personalized learning this year. I love sharing our journey with others; I want others to feel the joy I feel when I walk into […]

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  • Twice

    Writing. Tough, frustrating and often painful. It reminds me of this quote: But the magic that happens when will beats out retreat is otherworldly. That point when the words somehow find their way to each other like long lost friends. That, my friends, is pure inspiration and those brilliant moments occur only so often…and often […]

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  • The Life of a Teacher

    This is not a pity party, I promise…but I just spent the entire day designing learning experiences for this upcoming week and I’m e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d. I want to write…want to work on a spectacular blog post but I just can’t. I’m smart enough to know when I’ve hit a brick wall…and I’ve hit a brick wall. […]