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The Future is Whatever You Make It

Back in September 2015, when I first began my COETAIL journey, I wrote a post called Choosing a Path in the Digital Wonderland.  I mentioned that I felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland, who, faced with two possible roads, … Continue reading

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Course 5 Final Project: A New Battle Plan

  The Battle of the Books has been a favorite tradition in our Elementary School for the past 8 years.  When I took over the Battle in 2012, I was excited to carry on the tradition, while also hoping to … Continue reading

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Who Are the People in My Neighborhood?

Growing up, I spent a lot of time singing the People in Your Neighborhood song with my Sesame Street friends. I learned that there were many skilled, helpful people I could rely on in my community if I ever needed assistance.  As … Continue reading

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Seesaw in the Library

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been on leave from school, and I have been thinking about how I can use technology to stay connected to my students while I’m away.  I’ve also been thinking about how to … Continue reading

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From Plot Twist to Battle Plan

At the end of Course 4, I shared a Project-Based learning unit that I was very excited to implement as soon as we got back to school in January.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make it back to school in January.  An unexpected … Continue reading

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Course 5 Final Project: What Do You Do With A Problem?

Recently, I shared some reflections about Limitations I’ve faced in trying to integrate project-based learning into our Learning Commons curriculum.  This is something I’ve continued to reflect on and discuss with our ES Principal.  Our AISR school mission is to “educate … Continue reading

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Finding Balance

“You’re always staring at that darn phone!” My husband has said this more than once.  And it’s true.  I’m often staring at my phone. Last week, when he complained about this, I was reading a great book on my Kindle app.  I asked him … Continue reading

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Learning for the Future

Sometimes, I feel a bit envious of my 21st Century students.  They have such amazing opportunities to deepen their learning with the help of technology.  My own education was comprised of years of textbooks, lectures, writing prompts, and worksheets, with a … Continue reading

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What’s in a Game?

I was an exciting moment when my Dad surprised us with our first home computer. It was a sleek Tandy TRS-80 from Radio Shack. Soon, my siblings and I were vying for time playing games on the high-tech device.  We spent many happy hours … Continue reading

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Working Within the Limitations

This is a VERY annoying wall. It stands in the way of so many things I want to do with my students during our Learning Commons specials.  I often try to ignore its presence, but then I end up bumping into it again … Continue reading

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