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My husbands very best friend came to the game on saturday, and of course, Mark when to Varney’s to get a new KSU shirt.  By the way, Mark’s son, Marcus Watts played football at KSU a few years ago.  Amazing player.

Well, here’s the story, during my husbands Bob’s cancer battle, “Whatever it Takes” was on every email, and in every motivational speech he gave.  You see he was a coach and teacher.  Everyone in the family, as well as, firends have coins that say “Whatever it Takes”, and the family has bracelets that say “Whatever it Takes“.  In fact, I never take mine off.  It serves as motivation for me every single day.

And on this trip, Mark walked into Varney’s and the first shirt he saw said Whatever it Takes  and of course, had to purchase.  Well, I am on a mission today to buy one for all the kids, so I am off to Varney’s today, sure hope they still have some.

I had kind of a tough week at work and was feeling a little down, but he always knows when I need it. The message is clear and I hear ya Bob!! Whatever it Takes!!


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Mandatory Assessment – Student Motivation Video: TCAP Baby! – Funny

by on Mar 14, 2013 in school technologyThe other day I got together with my fellow elementary teachers to film a funny video to help motivate our students to take the TCAP assessment test. The video took off and went viral which caused our school’s website server to crash so I had to move it to YouTube today. Here it is…

Published on Mar 13, 2013: parady of Call Me Maybe for the Annual Colorado State assessment for students called the TCAP. Made by the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers of Bethke Elementary School, Timnath, CO.

OK, this is amazing, of couse only elementary teachers would do this, but wow, how cute and the fact that it went viral and crashed their school server is I know scary, but wow, what a compliment.  Koodo’s to Brad and his teachers. We all should take a lesson from this.

Maybe I can get my pre-service teachers do do something along this line. Hmmmmm!

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This is a thought provoking , worth your time to read this short article.

Is learning required in your school?  Most of us would emphatically answer “yes” to that question.

But do your practices require students to learn?  Have you established routines in your school that create learning opportunities for all students?  I challenge you to examine educational practices in your school to see if learning is required or voluntary.

Read the full story, CLICK HERE

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Kevin is a friend and an amazing educator.  Today he has a post about an experience at the airport.  This needs to be shared!!!

“This morning I was behind you and your father as we went through security at 5:30 a.m. at the airport. I smelled the alcohol on him and I saw you crying as he quietly, verbally abused you.

I felt helpless as I watched him continue this behavior. I wanted to tell him to back off and leave you alone but I knew this would become an altercation as he was visibly drunk and belligerent. I wanted to talk to you, to help I some way but I stood there helpless. I heard you plead to security agents for help in getting him to leave you alone but they stood by. His abuse was whispered and verbal and hard to point at and nobody knew what to do………….”

Read the full story, CLICK HERE

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by Brad Flickinger

The following are what I believe are the rights of all student to have with regards to using technology as an educational tool, written as a student to their teacher:

1. I have the right to use my own technology at school. I should not be forced to leave my new technology at home to use (in most cases) out-of-date school technology. If I can afford it, let me use it…………….. Read the full Bill of Rights, CLICK HERE
As Brad says, it is a work in progress, but WoW, seems fairly complete to me.  I will be sharing his blog in with my pre-service teachers the very first class period.  I suspect this Bill of Rights would cause a huge amount of controversy in many school districts.  How sad is that?
I applaud Brad for jumping out on that limb and leading the way.  Sure do wish Brad was the tech director in all school districts.  He clearly has a handle on what works and what we really should be doing.  Kudos to Brad for his vision!!
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Bob Sprankle, Bit by Bit blog and Seedlings Podcast is an Elementary Technology Integrator in Wells, Maine.  He is always inspirational and this post and list of resources about teaching and remembering 9/11 and using technology is nothing short of brilliant.


Bob has quite an extensive list of sites, including Room 208, his kids podcast.  Check those out too.

(cross-posted at TechLearning)

“This coming Sunday will mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. This will, without doubt, be a difficult day for many. Ten years is a long time, and yet it feels like just yesterday when I received the note handed to me while teaching that alerted to me of the tragedies taking place that fateful day. I still have that note. Every once in a while, I take it out and re-read it. It immediately transports me back to that horrible day and propels me into deep reflection.”

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by Silvia Tolisano, [email protected], Langwitches Blog

The Passion Driven Classroom-Summer Book Club Starting Soon

Don’t miss out on a virtual summer book club discussing Angela Maier’s and Amy Sandvold’s book “The Passion-Driven Classroom”.

I already have one quote from the first few chapters that has give me plenty to think about as I reflect on this past school year and wonder what makes the difference between an educator who doesn’t […]

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by Larry Ferlazzo

Do Students Think Learning About Bloom’s Taxonomy Is Useful?
“Over the past week, I’ve been sharing lessons we’ve been doing with students on Bloom’s Taxonomy, as well as studies and ideas on the general idea of helping students reflect on if what they are learning in school is relevant to their lives (see Why Is It Important For Students To Learn About Bloom’s Taxonomy? and “Relevance” & Student Learning).

Today, students began to post on our class blog short responses to the question:

“Is it important to to learn about Bloom’s Taxonomy?”

You can see the first twenty or so responses here, including a couple of Fotobabbles.

The vast majority there are positive, though there are one or two students who answered negatively.”

Read the full story and this insightful reflection by Larry. CLICK HERE

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by Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity

The following 54 second video is not only an effective marketing message for the July 30th“Save our Schools” march in our nation’s capitol, it’s also a poignant reminder that as citizens we need to stand up and take action on behalf of students as well as teachers in our public schools.

Here’s to the students:

Learn more at The second in our series trumpeting the values teachers, students and parents want to see reflected in the nation’s education policy. We will elaborate much more during activities in Washington DC and around the country July 25-31, and especially July 30.

Here’s to the teachers:

Learn more at
Join us July 28-31 2011 in Washington DC to support equitable funding for all public school communities, end high stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation, give teacher, family and community leadership a clear place in forming public education policies, and encourage local school communities to develop curriculum specific to their needs.

Are you planning on attending or considering attending the “Save our Schools” march? Wesley is and so am I thinking seriously about it.

P.S. Yes, I know this is the second time for this post, but it is so important, it deserves repeating.

And these videos resemble the Apple Think Different Ad campaign. One of my favorites.  It is such a powerful message.

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Go to to download the song, a karaoke version, or the sheet music. This is a song that is dedicated to teachers and how they inspire their students everyday. If I can be half the teacher to my students as my teachers were to me, I would have feel that I have made a difference.


Written by Brian Asselin and Eric Disero

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Thanks to Dr. Rae Niles for sharing this via email, it is very inspirational and powerful.  ENJOY and be inspired.

“If you are looking for an uplifting short TED Talk that highlights and the  power of Apple technology —-I would highly recommend “Roger Ebert: Remaking my Voice.

Nuggets from the talk include how he lost his voice and then found it, as well as a nod to Apple’s Alex Voice,
Kahn Academy, and Wikipedia among others. The following quotes from his TED Talk spoke loudly to me:

  • “Online everyone speaks at the same speed.”
  • “On the web my real voice finds expression.”
  • “Because of the digital revolution, I have a voice and do not need to scream.”

I’m a big fan of TED Talks and routinely turn to them for inspiration.  I hope this offers inspiration for each of you, too.
Happy Friday!

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, has a wonderful entry on his blog Educational Technology Guy called Welcome to the hardest job you’ll ever love. David is a Physics teacher and educational technology specialist in Southwestern, CT.

“As I think about the fact that most colleges will be holding graduation next month, I thought about all those new graduates that will be joining the education profession next year and thought I’d share some advice and resources for them. I’ll be speaking to some from a few different area programs and I hope you will share these with new graduates that you know. I also figured this would be a good time because many seniors are still doing student teaching now. “

Read the full list, CLICK HERE

David has a great list and is worth reading, and maybe you are an experienced teacher with some advice to share.  I work with pre-service teachers and they could use all the help and advice you are willing to share.  Please add yours in comments, my students would love them.  Yes, I make them read my blog, I know I’m bad forcing them to read it, but hey, they gain tons from it.!!