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Aug 17 2015
Posted by: Todd Lash

Collaboration is a major buzzword.  It is often heard in conjunction with grit, perseverance, "failing forward" and other such ideas.  What does it mean for students to collaborate?  What is the difference between collaboration and "helping".  Is there such a thing as too much collaboration and if so, how does one know when to step away?  These are all questions we are asking at Kenwood around student computing and computational thinking.

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Aug 09 2015
Posted by: Todd Lash

I am the principal of Kenwood elementary school. A school that has made a name for itself in a short time with its’ focus on computational thinking and computer science. I wanted to tell my perspective on what has made this a remarkable story that is still being written. I begin with my introduction to Kenwood elementary, one I’ve told countless parents who have visited Kenwood. I was previously the principal of Westview elementary school for 11 years and in 2011 I made the move to central...

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Aug 07 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

I love six-word stories. I love to create them and I love to use them in my classes. Chances are pretty good if you have a class or writing workshop with me that lasts more than a day then you have written six-word stories with me (and often even the shorter workshops). I’ve blogged about how I use them in my classes before (Inspiring Writing, Learning in Six Words and Using Six-Word-Memoir Posters to Discuss Reading, Inspire Writing). My love for six-word stories is so great that I...

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Aug 05 2015
Posted by: Casey Goodson

I am a deer in the headlights kind of student, and my teaching has followed suit. I came to this work with the idea that I was going to make a difference, helping to shape young people’s lives. I thought I’d be sitting in a room with apathetic students, and that somehow a particularly brilliant activity or conversation about literature would change them forever. I believed we would sit in our workshop circles and drool over the language in front of us. I thought I...

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Aug 04 2015
Posted by: Kiara Huertas

When I began teaching full time and pursuing a masters degree simultaneously, I was under the impression that I would struggle most with the work load. I was shocked to learn that, while balancing the work would definitely be challenging, I would struggle more with managing technology:

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Aug 03 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

This week’s notes revolve around the ideas of reflection and thinking. My first note comes from Traci Gardner who shared “Ten Multimodal Reflection Questions” on her Bedford Bits blog. I love her 10 questions as I know how important it is to support students in their reflection process.

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Jul 30 2015
Posted by: Elvira Gonzalez

My story:

I just graduated in May 2015 with my Masters in Early Childhood Education

A degree upon my hand, questions, reality slapping me left and right…

Is this a dream, did the wind really whispered in my ears?

Did I just hear, you are not done learning!

Is that true, I thought I was, or I hope I did!

Wow, grad school was such a journey

 

Where...

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Jul 28 2015
Posted by: Abdul Siddiqui

Cartoons: they aren’t exactly given the Shakespeare treatment in literature circles. Some scoff with derision, others giggle at the impropriety of it all, while others still meekly raise their hands and try to argue that if history teachers can get away with showing political cartoons, why aren’t English teachers allowed to demonstrate the finer points of Hamlet to toddlers through Sesame Street? But regardless of public attitude, it is fact that behind the pretty colors,...

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Jul 28 2015
Posted by: Deanna Mascle

This week the Kentucky Writing Project took me on a retreat to Cumberland Falls State Park. It was everything a retreat should be: A lovely place with good company and delicious food and support for my work. However, the real gift was the time built into our schedule to work and to think.

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Jul 23 2015
Posted by: sheila cooperman

   I remember the old adage "Back when I was a boy"...and when I heard that, I knew that I was about to get a lesson on how easy I had it when I was young, compared to the difficulties and hardships my parents had.  And years later, I could finally understand the adage. "Back when I was a girl, we only wrote compositions on yellow, fuzzy paper with blurry red lines. We used the Reader's Guide green books to find resources, often squirreled away in the musty, dusty, stack in dimly lit...

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: David Perlis

At the Creativity Lab, we understand the worries and headaches that often go along with trying to design and create a makerspace. Just knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. In fact, we hear enough concern over how to create a makerspace that we host an entire workshop on the subject. So, what’s the secret to a “correct”...

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

From June 2015:

Finally a few minutes to view the Innovation Hour presentations and I was more impressed watching them after the fact than while I was there. So much great work by students came out of these projects, but viewing the montage video has helped me think more about what I want to do differently next year.

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

As I looked back at my journey with this project, I realized I had not provided enough opportunities for students to talk about their work with people outside their peers and receive feedback on their progress. This blog post outlines one of the times I did provide that opportunity and delves into why this is such an important component with this type of work.

From March 2015:

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

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This post details my efforts to find resources to help students overcome their fears of public speaking and prepare a rockstar presentation for the Innovation Hour Showcase event, as well as some thoughts on...

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

As any teacher can attest to, trying to be innovative in an industrial-era model of school is challenging. This blog post details some of the issues I faced as my students moved forward with their projects and negitiated the new model I set up. Some things we were able to work around with grant money and a little brainstorming, other things like school policy, stymied their progress.

From January 2015:

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Jul 22 2015
Posted by: Kevin Hodgson

(This originally appeared at Kevin's Meandering Mind)

Each year, when I teach Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, I make sure to read the first few chapters out loud to my sixth graders. This gives them a feel for the poetic style of writing and allows them to visualize some important elements of the setting.

It also leads me to a great passage on page 7 that always...

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Karen Fasimpaur

In the extremely rural place where I live, there is lots of space, but not a lot of public spaces in the conventional sense. No coffee houses, malls, or parklets. We do have large open pieces of public land and an amazing library.

A couple years ago, I wanted to start a seed library, and our local librarian graciously offered to host it at the library. I wasn't sure whether other people would be interested in it, but it turnout out that they...

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Jul 21 2015
Posted by: Carrie Honaker

After a few months with this project, we moved into Holiday Break which allowed some time to dig deeper into my students' blogs and evaluate the effectiveness of our approach to 20 Time. I made some big changes that alleviated some of the issues that kept cropping up across the teams.

From January 2015:

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