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Laura Blazek

  • I can vividly recall the day a running partner asked me to share a route I had created for us on MapMyRun.  I said sure no problem. When I went to share this route, I had to “Request Patrick to be a friend.” This […]

  • I’ve been reading Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. This narrative has so many connections for our students and for me personally.  The issue of refugees is the obvious connection here in the Middle Ea […]

  • For my final project, I’d like to try out Multi-genre Research Projects with the idea that students will present their learnings in a variety of digital formats. I stumbled across a book about multi-genre p […]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Bettina,
    I think you and I approach our pedagogy in the same way. The value of our relationships with students seems to drive our instruction. It is clear that your skill in knowing your students enables your success. John Hattie asks us if we can remember the teachers who had a profound impact on our learning. Of course, we can! These…[Read more]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Frank,
    It’s interesting that I had the same initial response to the idea of a flipped classroom as you did. The idea that learners sit and listen to a lecture on a screen seems just as off-putting and antiquated as having them sit and listen to a lecture in the classroom. Common, modern, effective practice has shifted us from “delivering”…[Read more]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago


    I enjoyed reading the process of your ongoing blog development. It’s funny to hear the same complaints from your students that I hear from mine when I move things on Moodle. I find it particularly funny when it comes from kiddos who I assume never pay much attention my Moodle.

    The idea of having a page or tab for new students a…[Read more]

    • Thanks, Laura! I love your idea of a screencast for parents. As a middle school parent myself, sometimes I am at a total loss as to what I need to help my own children stay on top of their studies. Let me know how it goes!

  • Classroom management definitely looks different with technology. Devices open up a whole new realm of learning opportunities as well as distraction windows.  I am one of those teachers who clearly spells […]

  • While reading “The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time for Something New,” I kept waiting for Prakash Nair to describe his vision of what “something new” might look like. Towards the end of the comment […]

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    For my most recent unit, I have been reading aloud Inside Out and Back Again. The book is written in free verse and tells the story from the perspective of an eleven-year-old […]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    I can relate in so many ways to this. Coming from a public school district in Texas, with 70% on free or reduced lunch, technology was not a priority. Many of the students I worked with were recent immigrants who were more concerned about utility bills than gadgets with wifi. I can recall being excited about our district’s use of
    PowerSchool.…[Read more]

  • “What is technology integration and does it work?”

    At this point, asking if technology integration works is kind of like asking if indoor plumbing works.  If there is a day in our developing city when our […]

  • It was an easy decision to select the Endangered Species Research Project Unit to overhaul for technology integration. With the exception of web-based research and the online submission of the essays, there was […]

  • Rebuilding the beloved Endangered Species Unit has been a desire for a couple of years. The children love to learn about animals, and it is a great way to introduce research skills. For the past number of years, […]

  • Transitioning from a school where the internet was iffy (at best) to a one-to-one program presented quite a learning curve. Teaching four years in Nigeria, I was equipped with a Smartboard and computer, but no […]

  • When I was try to make a decision on a final project, I struggled to determine which would be a worthwhile use of my time.  Creating something for instruction is usually a worthy investment of time, and I leaned […]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Poker in Saudi? Pretty risqué, but definitely an engaging connection! I’m interested to see what your students create in this unit. I’m also curious about the statistical data seventh graders will gather. Like, maybe statistically speaking, how much more time do they spend responding to WhatsApp groups than completing academic assignments – like…[Read more]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago


    Nice work with your transformation! I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite make it through the pre-zenified one. The slides were informative, but I didn’t feel compelled to flip through them all. However, I DID check out all of your transformed slides. The images were engaging and interesting. My curiosity was piqued and satisfied with each…[Read more]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago


    Great job with your infographic hunt! I got sucked into your Pinterest board and will be trying to recreate some of those infographics for my classroom. I particularly liked the “Benefits of Reading Books” infographic that you posted here.

    The cool thing about infographics in the classroom, library, or on Moodle is that we get…[Read more]

  • Laura Blazek posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago


    I love the idea of going back to an “old notebook” resource. You’ve inspired me! We do have so many resources tucked away and ragged at the edges. Study skills are things that we like to come back to again and again with the hope that kids will go back to them themselves as well. Is this something you would store on your Moodle for k…[Read more]

  • A quick Google search for infographics to use in the classroom yields endless results (well, 549,00 to be exact): links to blogs, websites for teachers, Pinterest, and all with links to links.

    I followed a […]

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