Category Archives: Adventures in Education

2019-2020 End of Week 3: Careful Balance/Family Stories

2019-2020 End of Week 3: Careful Balance/Family Stories Beginning my fourth year teaching at Fitzgerald, my 25th year teaching, I’m reminded of something a student said some time during my early years that this teaching thing should be really easy for me now that I’ve been doing it for a couple of years. Ha! I love it, but “easy” is

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2019-2020 Week 1 Begins with a Train Wreck

2019-08-12-Day1 STEAM Lab info

2019-2020 Week 1 Begins with a Train Wreck From Wednesday to Sunday night I spent over 40-hours prepping for Monday morning. I was reminded of my first day teaching my first classroom, coming in early that morning, hoping to finish putting away things, only to cover my large table with a blanket because I wasn’t ready when I needed to

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Fitzgerald STEAM Lab Year 3 Debrief

Fitzgerald STEAMLab 2018-19 Kids and LEGOs

Fitzgerald STEAM Lab Year 3 Debrief White board note: Don’t do content & new tech skills in the same lesson… It’s been about a month since I turned in my keys and got off this past school’s years challenging teaching treadmill. I’ve been very busy taking care of the very many of the things that got neglected over the past

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Year3-Week14: Thoughts from the Educational Trenches

Year3-Week14_Songs-from-the-Educational-Trenches_friday-duty

I like being an educational grunt on the front lines in the classroom and take some pride that what others theorize about, I have to make happen. It might be a fool’s errand, but you can’t tell me what we’re supposed to be doing in the classroom if you’ve never spend any given week teaching in said classrooms. And it

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Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning

2018-11-05 STEAMLab_wk12 pressure_12_steam-lab

The original idea was to post at the end of every week something with much more reflection and thoughtfulness than my previous daily social media posts that I had done over the past two-years. I was able to keep to that schedule for the first eight-weeks or so, but have faltered and failed since then.

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Year3-Week8: “Classroom Management”

The key to school/student/learning success is student engagement by 24-years experience in the classroom I should have known that “classroom management” could be a problem for me going all the way back to when I was doing observations/volunteer work as part of my teacher training program back in the early 1990s.

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