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More than Phones and iPads Keep Them Awake!

The last two nights my 12-year-old daughter has been having a hard time falling asleep.  My husband and I thought that with two kids over the age of 8, we would be over the late night wake-ups...sadly they are back, and I hope they don't last.

Many people believe, and I am one of them, that keeping technology out of kids' bedrooms is a positive thing.  Absolutely.  That stimulus isn't there anymore and they won't be up late at night on their iPads or phones (my kids don't have phones yet).  Well, last night was night two of my daughter not being able to sleep, and her iPad doesn't go in her room.  Night one, she came to us, and we talked to her, calmed her down, and she was able to go back to bed and eventually fall asleep.  Last night, however, was a different story.  I had to go to her room and lay with her to help her to calm down.  She gets too overworked worrying that there is a bad reason why she can't get to sleep.


When I walked into her room, I was ov…
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Checking in on #20Time

A few years ago, I decided to bring in the 20Time project to my classroom.  Inspired by Kevin Brookhouser, I knew that it would be a project that would be beneficial for my students, and I also knew that they would appreciate the change in learning.

After leaving my teaching job last year, I was leaving the #20Time project in the hands of the teachers I taught it to.  I shared everything with the teacher who was taking my position, and I knew the project would continue.  At the start of the 2017-18 school year, I was fortunate enough to be asked to go into the school and work with a couple of classes to get them started on their project and teach them about what the project is, essentially.  After two classes with each group, I could see that there were some amazing ideas floating around and that we would see great things come from this group.

My participation in the year then became only through Flipgrid updates that I had them do for me.  They would create a short reflection Flipgri…

Project Find My Voice

I turned 40 recently.
Why is it that milestone birthdays cause people to reflect on their life?  Another decade, another year, more memories to make.  I am not the exception, as I definitely reflected - a lot - before and after April 11th.  I left my teaching job last year and took a new job and I paused for a time during that decision process.  As anyone would tell you when they make a life-altering decision like that.  We need to make sure it is the right choice for ourselves.

My thoughts this time, when I thought about getting older, revolved around the idea of where I have come.  A few years back, I put into motion "Project Find My Voice".  I have always been what I would consider a strong, independent woman, but I didn't always feel secure in what I had to say or contribute.  I always thought I wasn't as smart or articulate as those I surround myself with.  I constantly felt like an imposter in my professional and sometimes social situations.  When I silently e…

Insightful Read on How to Live an Authentic Life - My Thoughts

Today a colleague of mine posted this to our Slack chat.

What a great read on being present, being authentic and remembering what is most important in your life.

The question is posed in the beginning, "How can you learn to truly use the time you have, so that looking back each day you will be proud of who you were and how you lived?"  So often people are living their life too quickly, buzzing about from activity to activity never really taking the time to consider the WHY behind decisions they are making.

The author of this reading, Benjamin P. Hardy takes a 6 point approach, and with each point provides an insightful quote related to his subtopic:

Be Where You Are: In Mind And Body .   “Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.” — Dan Sullivan
My takeaway from reading this is to be PRESENT in all that we do.  I love that he puts it so simply, "If you’re doing the dishes, do the dishes."  That's right...be authentic in every move you make in life, in every deci…

#LetGo Working Women - Don't Let Yourself Burnout!

I ran across this video today on Facebook, and it struck a chord.  These are beautiful, older women with a powerful message.


Today's women pride themselves on being able to hold a job, have a family, friends and if dedicated enough, a workout schedule.  It seems that the "busy" syndrome is something that is fashionable to be.  I love how the women in this video talk about pressure and perfection.  These are two words synonymous with women in their twenties and thirties today.  Young moms strive to "do it all", but at what price?

I was one of those moms - working in the classroom day in, day out, and coaching volleyball for three months of the year.  My schedule was chaotic, but I was determined to not let it get me down.  I had a young family at home, a husband who also had a busy schedule and relied HEAVILY on before and after care at my girls' schools.  It seemed that every year the insanity increased and the pressure to keep up was directly proportional.

A Decade of Memories: Time for Change

I am sitting at my desk at Rundle College Junior High at the beginning of my final week of work here.  So many feelings are circling in my mind as I sit and watch my final homeroom complete their math exam.

About a month and a half ago, I sat down with my headmaster, Jason Rogers, and talked about wanting a change here at Rundle.  I had been asking for change for a few years now.  Not that I am ungrateful or unappreciative for the position I have, as I am and I love it.  Teaching Language Arts is great (minus the marking!), and my department is full of amazing educators, but over the last few years, as you have seen on this blog, I have been developing another side of my professional life.  I told Mr. Rogers that if there was nothing in the way of educational technology, in the capacity that I desired, then I would likely be asking for a leave, or to resign.  Currently, Rundle does not accommodate leaves of absence, so I resigned.  Handing over that letter of resignation was HUGE.  I…

Visualization in an ELA Classroom Using AWWApp

A few months ago, I was browsing Twitter and noticed a tweet about this new application online that would enable you to use it as a whiteboard.  I was instantly curious, so I checked it out.  My initial thoughts were, “How cool is this!?”, and my thoughts soon turned to, “How can I use this?”

As quite a new user to awwapp.com, I am still learning all the ins and outs of it.  My first use was in a poetry class with grade 7s.  I had my students use ipads and awwapp.com to create concrete poetry.  We began by talking about one-word concrete poetry, and I showed them a few examples.  Next, it was their turn to try AWWApp.  I gave them a word like “rollercoaster” and they had to create a concrete poem on their ipads that gave meaning and form to the word “rollercoaster”.  We tried several words, each word students would get about one minute to create using AWWApp, and then they would have to hold up their ipads to share their creativity with the class.  This was just a simple, basic use for…