Monday, June 17, 2019

Help! [It Feels Like] My Entire Class Has ADHD!

This is a wonderful 2 1/2 minute overview from Dr. Amen: I saw him speak several years ago in San Diego and would love to have my brain scanned. This man is amazing! If you're interested, I've included a longer video below -- it's about an hour, but it's worth watching!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Iowa Friends

Iowa Friends,

I hope spring arrives quickly for you. It looks like you have another round of ice/snow heading your way tonight. :-/

I think I have everything uploaded.  If you can't find what your looking for, email me, and I'll send it your way:

Thanks for coming to my sessions! Have a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Digital Writing -- Iowa Literacy Conference

How would you rate your technology knowledge?

 Click the image below to access the data.

Our students are our future.

Want to increase test scores? Increase students' schema. Remember, students ARE NOT test scores.

Work smarter, not harder. Google Classroom is FREE and organizes everything for you. 

Less is more. It's not about how much technology you use. It's about how you use technology. Download this poster to learn more:  FREE Digital Poster from ISTE. 

If you're familiar with the ideas in the cloud below, I've linked a 2019 website that has 75 ideas.

Technology and Writing:  Review of Research (2019)

75 Digital Tools (2019)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Read Like a Writer -- Transitional Phrase Scavenger Hunt and MORE

How do you teach students to find transitional phrases beyond first, next, then, or finally? Have them look for a series of words at the beginning of a sentence followed by a comma that they think MIGHT be a transitional phrase. Then, have them replace the words with first, next, then, or finally. If it makes sense, it's probably a transitional phrase. :)

The Three Little SUPERPIGS by Claire Evans has lots of wonderful transitional phrases. :) 

Cause/Effect Text Structure Books:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Collective Teacher Efficacy

Quoting John Hattie, "Teachers need to say - I cause learning."

High expectations matter. Teaching is not just about the kids, the resources, the curriculum. We can't just close our doors and teach.  Collective teacher efficacy is part of a big story. It's not a thing just by itself. ~John Hattie

Teachers need to be having collaborative conversations without judgment. We need to bring artifacts and ask each other if this is reasonable growth for 10-12 weeks of learning.

John Hattie does a wonderful job defining collective teacher efficacy in this video.

 I cause learning -- and you do too. What we do matters -- and it matters every single day.