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In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of making learning personalized for students and educators alike. So I guess it’s time for me to put it all out there and tell you about my own personal learning goals, how I’m going to get there, and how I’m totally scared shitless! I’ve taken… Read More »

chasing success


As educators, we make learning personalized for our students on a regular basis. There is no better way to pique a child’s interest in learning than to make it about something they are passionate about: a sport, video game, current trends, their culture, etc. Just the other day, I had a personalized learning moment with… Read More »

getting personal


PHOTO: Andy Morffew What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? Children are born curious and creative. If you observe a child you will see how a child is curious about the world and how she explores everything to find out how it works. Children find creative solutions to problems. And… Read More »

What do you wonder?


Our first read aloud each year in grade 4 is Jerry Spinelli’s Fourth Grade Rats. If you haven’t read it – go read it now! It’s a fantastic book with humor and an important lesson about what it means to grow up. We’ve adopted the name Fourth Grade Rats for our class, partially because of… Read More »

Introducing Fourth Grade Rats!


Sawadee kha PLN, and fellow COETAILers! It is so exciting to be joining another cohort of learners excited to grow as professionals and educators. Although, as I mentioned before starting COETAIL 1, it is always difficult for me to get back into the swing of things and encourage myself to continue nurturing my PLN. As teachers,… Read More »

Ready"ish" to Roll


Community Engagement The pedagogical foundations and culture of COETAIL are all connected to community and it is natural that this is a focus for action and reflection in Course 5. According to the Community Engagement rubric… Throughout this program we have asked you to be involved in the COETAIL community via blog posts, comments and… Read More »

Community Engagement & Timeline for Course 5


I share my classroom with another teacher. We co-teach our lessons together all day.  This is the second year we have been together, so I felt comfortable asking for her opinion of my current blog.  It’s too long, I never read that much! Do you have bullet points? You should have subheadings. Write a summary.… Read More »

Look, Ma, a Real Blog!


When people say ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ it’s not true, because you can reinvent yourself and learn new things whenever you want. — Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye, Season 1: You Can’t Fix Ugly   I may not be an old dog, but I am however someone who has never learned a thing about graphic… Read More »

Drab to Fab: My Blog Makeover