Category Archives: Notes from the Classroom

Blended Learning: 2 Week Reflection

After reading Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools this summer for professional development, I decided to expand on 1.5 years of experimentation in my English classroom with edtech and Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and take a more structured approach to … Continue reading

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Notes from the Classroom: NSA/Facebook Non-Fiction Article Discussion

Today I made my first stab at following a recommendation picked up from a recent reread of Mike Schmoker’s excellent 2011 book, “Focus”.  One strategy for getting students engaged in reading (non-fiction in this case), thinking, discussing, and writing about … Continue reading

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Notes from the Classroom: Pi Day 2014

Today, I witnessed something that I felt was quite amazing.  In front of myself and the rest of the class, one of my students accurately recited the number Pi to 60 digits.  Not ’16’, as I initially misheard the student … Continue reading

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