This seems to happen each year…this type of moment in my classroom. Fresh off the ICE conference and well into a routine with my students. I suddenly feel inspired to start changing things. This year was the same as last. The change meant it was time for my students to start blogging. Student blogging is […]
He had been working on a project for weeks in my classroom. It was time to get back into our usual Social Studies routine. I knew that the shift and transition back to this routine would take a couple of days for my student to re-adjust to the expectations of participating in class, listening to […]
Back in August (ouch…its been a long time) I decided I would take a huge leap and share my gamification planning process. I had big plans. I would start by sharing my planning process and then throughout the months to come I would continue sharing by giving others deeper insight on my process. I decided […]
I have shared with you about this school year. I have shared that when this school year started I quickly realized it was collectively a classroom of the most challenging students I have ever taught, but I haven’t shared with you this part of that journey yet…this lesson learned.
Three week ago (after a rabbit hole of a discussion in Reading class) my students decided they were curious and wanted to learn more about the Great Wall of China. That discussion lead to more discussion, that lead to an impromptu research project, that lead to my students making their first green screen video (the […]
For the last two years my classroom has been full of innovation, a wide variety of technology, and 21st century ideas. I brought new, exciting tools and ideas into my classroom.
National Teacher Appreciation week has filled my blog stream with all kinds of stories about teachers! Some stories have been about why they became teachers, others have been about what they learned from the teachers they had and some have been thanked the educators that have inspired them. Reading them made me smile. We don’t […]
I’ve started this post in my head about ten times. Then I started drawing this post. Then I thought about writing it. Then I started drawing some more. Now…here I am now writing my post and like most years, in true Carrie fashion I am taking my own sweet time to get my new year […]
Every Friday in my Math class is a Snow Day. Every Friday it snows when white pieces of paper are throw randomly on the floor around the room. Students pick up one piece of paper from the floor and I write a math problem on the board (usually a problem from a concept we worked […]
Skill building, structured, routine and direct instruction are the foundation of the instruction I provide. My students flourish in structure, in the routine and the predictable. They excel because of the strong focus on student skills and consistent presence of tools to enable them to compensate for their weaknesses. I spend everyday establishing routines, making […]
I first stumbled upon the Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young Documentary when it showed up on my Netflix. It struck my curiosity so I saved it to my list to watch and there it sat for a couple of weeks. Now I’m typically not a documentary lover. I am more of Marvel […]
He said, “I never get tired of talking about it. I could talk about it all the time.” In that moment I couldn’t help but think…really?
A week ago I stared at the blinking curser on my screen. The curser blinked waiting for me to put the finishing touches on my session notes for Illinois Computing Educators Conference (#ICE16) that I would be speaking at.
I first “met” Luis Perez while watching him on a Google Hangout session. He was sharing information about the iPad’s accessibility and switch features. I was in awwww….I was inspired…I wanted to know and learn more. I started by learning more about him. I quickly learned that not only was he an accessibility guru, he […]