Category Archives: Adventures in Education

Video Fridays: The Many Smiles of Ms. Merz

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It probably seems odd to non-educators that decisions for teaching positions for the following August/September have to be made six-months in advance, around the February/March time frame. But we’ve entered that time of year, just after the mid-point of the school year… and it can make the last ten weeks feel like a “goodbye tour.” Oddly personnel changes can also

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10 Day Life is Good Photo Challenge Recap

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10 Day Life is Good Photo Challenge Recap Now that I’ve finished the 10-Day Life is Good challenge, I want to share the thoughts behind my image and video choices. Day 1. I was nominated for the 10 day Life is Good photo challenge. 10 photos, 10 nominations. Every day I share an image that is meaningful to me (without

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End of Week10: Robots, Finishing “Documenting Your Journey” etc.

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End of Week10: Robots, Finishing “Documenting Your Journey” etc. It should be a sign that I’m already two days into week 11 before I’ve been able to post this to my blog. Ack. So, except for the holidays and sick days that knocked the program off the “plan,” for week 10 I needed to diverge the different grade levels from

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End of Week 7 Best Intentions/Best Laid Plans

2019-08-19 Documenting Your Journey

End of Week 7 Best Intentions/Best Laid Plans Damn. I really wanted to be better about the week-to-week communication and posting of the ongoing STEAM Lab stuff. Oh well. Life. Just not cooperative. So, in week two I discovered that it was better to list my curriculum as “units” and not “weeks” because some units/lessons took several weeks to happen.

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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

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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

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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

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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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