Author: sheilacooperman

  • PANDEMIC MINUS TWO

    PANDEMIC MINUS TWO

    TWO DAYS AND COUNTING 2..1..0 Two days and counting until the end of another school year. I am usually thrilled and happy at this time of year. Thrilled at what got accomplished and happy for the break. The atmosphere at school is generally filled with tears of many colors. Sadness tears–“Oh, I am going to…

  • Be Careful What You Wish For.

    Be Careful What You Wish For.

    January 15, 2020- It’s a cold day. It’s windy and raw. The classroom is dreary and drafty. The kids are in the doldrums. “How many of you wish we could just do school at home in bed with pj’s and hot chocolate?” I ask. Twenty five hands shoot up into the air. The most engagement…

  • Declare It, Then Do It

    Declare It, Then Do It

    I have a 26 month old granddaughter. She is curious, inquisitive, and wants to do everything herself. Her favorite expression is “I do it.” She is not afraid to try. She is not afraid to experiment. She is not afraid to fail, but when she can’t do something, she says, “Help me.”   “Help me get…

  • To Teach Digital Writing, You Just Have to Color Outside the Lines

    To Teach Digital Writing, You Just Have to Color Outside the Lines

    To Teach Digital Writing, You Just Have to Color Outside the Lines It used to be easy, neat, and contained.  Like an old fashioned coloring book where you knew to stay inside the lines. But staying inside the lines is hard. And every time you strayed outside those lines, you swore not to the next…

  • One Teacher’s Journey to a New Digital World

    One Teacher’s Journey to a New Digital World

    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…

  • Education Needs A Panama Canal

    Education Needs A Panama Canal

    Connected Education needs a Panama Canal to connect the real thinking by those who are thinking, to those who are practicing, but often not thinking. The Panama Canal was a concrete grounded-in-the-real-world connection that solved the real world problem of how to connect the Atlantic and the Pacific without having to travel around South America.…

  • Connection- It Is A Healthy Thing

    Connection- It Is A Healthy Thing

    The word connect and what it means is different for everyone. For me, connecting means putting things together to get something else. When you connect the plug to the outlet, you get light. If you connect the individual pieces of a jigsaw, you get a cohesive and often beautiful picture. Connect the chocolate, eggs, flour,…

  • “Mommy, Look What I Made!”

    “Mommy, Look What I Made!”

    “Mommy, look what I made,” is a phrase that any parent is familiar with hearing and can be applied to so many things.  “Look what I made” can extend from a child’s pride in constructing a mud pie, a scribbled drawing, a collage made out of paper towel cores, and yes, sorry, to whateve prideful…

  • One Step Forward and Many Back: Fighting for Digital Tools

    One Step Forward and Many Back: Fighting for Digital Tools

    I am apologizing upfront for my digression. I am starting with a digression and hopefully it will make sense to you. It does to me. Last week I had a lovely brunch with a friend of mine. At the end of the meal, the waiter brought dessert menus. The man I was with ordered a…

  • Too Much Stuff..Help Today’s Students Navigate Their Identities Through Their Stuff

    Too Much Stuff..Help Today’s Students Navigate Their Identities Through Their Stuff

    Too Much Stuff. Helping Students Develop Identities Through Their Stuff.   This is the summer of too much stuff and the realization that one tends to own more stuff than one thinks. I am a good friend, and when my girlfriend had to move out of her big house and into a much smaller apartment…