Book Review: Syllabus

This book is a creative, funny, and beautiful notebook/memoir in which author and cartoonist Lynda Barry reflects on her time teaching college students to keep a composition notebook: a place to practice a physical activity – in this case writing and drawing by hand – with a certain state of mind. This practice can result in what…

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This I Believe

  I believe in… education. it helps make our future brighter. I believe in… a future with an education system that meets the needs of all students. I believe in… volunteerism. a network of care in action.   I believe in… learning about various histories, cultures, stories, and peoples of the world I believe in……

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Breakout!

At a semi-recent PD day, I got the chance to try a Breakout Room scenario thanks to Tara McLauchlan. In a Breakout Room (or escape room), participants are immersed in a narrative that takes place in a single room and requires their escape. Escape is typically achieved by opening a heavily locked box. Elements have been placed about the…

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Mystery Skype Experiment

I’ll try making this a quick one. My classes and I participated in the Microsoft Education Skype-a-thon by doing two “Mystery Skypes”. Mystery Skype is basically a global “Marco Polo” guessing game. Two teachers from anywhere in the world connect on the Skype-a-thon website. Each teacher knows where the other is located; their students, however, do not. The…

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