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4 Reasons to Morning Meeting

Let’s talk! Getting to know each other can help us learn together. This year, our staff has conducted Morning Meetings every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. For the first fifteen minutes of the day, students circle up, engaging in teacher-prompted greetings and shares. The Greeting Greetings may involve practicing a firm Read more…


STEM: Standards AND Fluff

Learning can be standards-based OR fun. But not both. Unfortunately, that’s the perception held by many facilitating learning experiences in the world of education today. I was reminded of this classic paradox when conversing with fellow educators in a STEM session at #edcamporangeNC on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Educator ONE: Read more…


De-Sense-ITized

How can we expect kids to pay attention when their environment is striking them with lightning bolts faster and hotter than we’ve ever known? It’s a lot. It’s too much. Our world experiences can no longer be posted with #nofilter. Not when you’re a parent–especially a parent of a young Read more…


#Hashtag180 Central

Welcome to #Hashtag180 Central! Find #Hashtag180 Resources Here! Check back often–We’re always learning and growing! #Hashtag180’s History: In August, 2013, I joined twitter just to have a digital space to store hashtagged resources to make my teaching better. Today, this Dewey Hashtag System is a growing movement in education. #Hashtag180’s Read more…


Doing Professional Learning: Part 2

What’s your favorite way to learn? My learning experiences have to be meaningful, memorable, and somewhat personalized, while helping me become better for kids. At conferences and unconferences alike, I look for ways to become better in addressing the Whole Child at 30,000 feet, before landing on one specific path at Read more…


10 Myths About Relationships

Relationships are the foundation to learning and growing together. Therefore, it’s important to clarify… 10 Myths About Relationships: 1–Relationships are easy.  The USA divorce rate still hovers near 50% (which is waaay down from 62% very recently, mostly because people are living together and not getting married as much). And Read more…


Do Relationships Equal Learning?

Do Relationships Equal Learning? If you’re a young educator or new to twitter, you may be led to believe that relationships with students and colleagues are easily forged and directly translate into meaningful learning experiences and higher test scores. To the average onlooker or twitter chat participant, it may appear Read more…


The #ncties That Bind

It’s about celebrating moments with people. I love the conference experience, because I love people and their stories. When learners of all ages meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and continue seeking ways to make teaching and learning better for all–That’s powerful! To me, conferences are not Read more…


Sick Day Feelings

I never miss work. Ever. But today I’m sick, and I did the unthinkable–I took a sick day. I’m going through some things right now, and I’m wondering if any other educators have ever felt the same way? While being away from school, I’m experiencing deep levels of: Shame–How could Read more…


1 Tweet 10 Likes

For the last year, my friend and sixth grade science teacher Bill Ferriter has been creating videos that reflect the content being taught and learned in his #SalemProud learning spaces. These curriculum-hashtagged, video tweets have been populating on Bill’s Standards Based Portfolio on blogger as he posts them on twitter. Read more…


#NCASCDImpacts Conference Reflections

I just got home from NCASCD‘s three-day annual conference in Pinehurst, North Carolina. This was my first time attending, and I’m still unpacking, processing, and reflecting upon my newfound learning. Flippen Group‘s Oneil Arrington was one of the most dynamic speakers I’ve ever heard, and not because he was necessarily Read more…


Current Event Summit

There are some events that are so special, you have to tune in. Regardless of whomever’s in office, every State of the Union Address is an historical occasion. Perhaps it’s the orchestration of it all. Maybe it’s fulfilling my civic duty, in a sense. A bit of awe or wonder Read more…


Twitter: The Student Portfolio

A librarian once told me that a school’s media center should be the hub of learning in its community. When I enter a school’s media center today, I see media everywhere, organized by the Dewey Decimal System, or usually a generalized, digital descendant thereof. I see easily-searchable resources and wide-open spaces Read more…


What Twitter Says About You

Wanna have some fun? You should see What Twitter Says About YOU. Even if you don’t have your own twitter account, your name could still be flying throughout the #twitterverse. What’s tweeted about you in 140, or 280 characters, may be revealing, to say the least. Already, I can guess Read more…


Living Professional Passions

Just a little while ago, I heard one of those quotes that was great at the time–and continues increasing in value as it festers, applying with deeper, far-reaching implications than initially perceived. This was the classic “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” Veteran educators–especially the great ones–have a Read more…


North Carolina Curriculum Hashtags

Special Note: North Carolina Curriculum Hashtags also available in Google Doc and PDF. Blogger’s Note: #Hashtag180 is a living, breathing work in progress. Check back  often! We want your feedback! We’re all in this together to share learning and teaching resources to become better for our learners. WHY: 10 Reasons Why You Should Hashtag Curriculum Read more…


10 Reasons Why You Should Hashtag Curriculum Objectives

Do you want to become better for your students? Let’s build an archive together! What if every educator used the same hashtags to share their learning and teaching resources with each other efficiently? Let’s facilitate even more meaningful experiences for our learners by exchanging specifically-hashtagged ideas on a FREE platform! Blogger’s Read more…


Hashtagging ISTE Student Standards

I LOVE the 2016 ISTE Student Standards! The world is changing quickly and constantly, and ISTE is several keystrokes ahead with its bold, future-ready vision: “Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape.” Feels like ISTE’s standards are alive and breathing, adapting and evolving with Read more…


#AudienceMatters

Does audience matter? When composing a presentation for a specific group–Yes. But what about your tweets, blogs, and professional postings on social media? Does audience matter there? At a recent edcamp, I watched two, well-respected educators I really admire openly disagree about the importance of an educator’s audience online. In Read more…


Adapting Professional Passions

Educators are passionate people! Continuing my Passion Series, Adapting Professional Passions is a follow-up to Guiding Professional Passions. My journey reflects soul-searching experiences that strike at the very heart of education. It’s deeply personal. And it ain’t all pretty. This is a long one–bear with me. Before I joined twitter Read more…