Mini Experiment

For November and December this year, I am trying a  little experiment in Secondary Enrichment.  It’s not earth-shattering or ground breaking, but it’s new for me and I want to see how it works. We’ve already had 3 field trips out (with a 4th in early December) so for the bulk of November and December,…

BIT17 Non Conference Observations

Enough chatter about the typical and expected from me after attending a conference.  What are the little things that made me think: the awkward, the fun, the YES! everyone needs to experience this!?!? I look out my hotel room window to see if people are crossing the street and heading into the venue.  It’s kind…

BIT17 After Thinking (2)

This entry is more on the “next steps” side.  My last time at the conference was BIT15 and I made a challenge to myself to try at least one thing I learned in my class. (I did)  I tried using Google forms and some Google extensions. I tried Flubaroo, DocAppender, and Yet Another Mail Merge. …

BIT17 After Conference Thinking

I had another great learning experience at BIT17 this year. When I say “another” what I mean is that I’ve attended BIT15 and was overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the opportunities and activities available. This year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Doug Peterson @dougpete and Stephen Hurley @stephen_hurley on VoicEd…

Success and the Field Trip

How does one measure the “success” of a field trip? Is it successful if no one gets lost or hurt; if learning takes place in a meaningful way; if we left and returned on time?  Today I’m going to see if I can find ways to qualify my recent field trip as a success. First…

Shake It Up!

I had a unique opportunity this week to get into a few classes that are well beyond my comfort zone.  It was an excellent opportunity to stretch my limits and see what is hidden in my teacher vault. For the bulk of my career, I have taught in high schools.  I do have junior and…

That Time I Compared Myself to the Grinch

**I’m disappointed with my title and it’s apparently very important in blog writing. I have to really work on this aspect** I had the recent pleasure of attending two field trips that were completely different, but equally enjoyable.  In enrichment, we occasionally plan off-site field trips to give students a chance to experience real-world education. …

Appreciating My Circumstances

Wait, that title makes it seem like I’m in a bad situation and making the best of it. Nope. I’m in a great situation and taking the time to appreciate it. My return as secondary enrichment resource teacher has been a great relief. While I remember what chaos I seemed to be in last year…

The Feelings Part of Feedback

I read a great quote today as retweeted on Twitter, it was from @IssaRae,   “I didn’t become a morning person until I started doing what I loved”.  It motivated me to at least start this entry, since it’s been on my mind for a few weeks. This quote jump started me because the topic…

Almost There

It’s the last day of May and I’m starting to see the end of the tunnel as another school year will start to wind down.  Oh, how cliche is my first sentence. Terribly. Ugh. Why did I do that. As an aside, when I first was typing “starting” it actually came out as “startying” much…

If the Shoe Fits

As a newly minted resource teacher for gifted and enrichment in my board, I have been doing more background reading of late to try to be more current in my knowledge. I was teaching in this type of programming earlier in my career, but the last decade I have been in Special Education working more…

Field Trips or Field Drops

  Today I have a bee in my bonnet. The target of my latest gripe – expensive bus prices. I’m being bussed out of a number of field trips.  I know, plenty of people have it much worse.  There are plenty of communities that are smaller than mine and further away from major cities that…