Category Archives: Education

Genius Hour: Being Vulnerable 

Below is a question that was posted to my Discovery Education Network Friends Facebook Group by a colleague in Michigan and my response to her post. There were many responses and pieces of advice from many expert teachers previous to … Continue reading

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Collaboratively Creating Through Making & Coding

Below is my grant proposal for the students in my class.  I have big ambitions for them to create, celebrate, and expose strengths they never knew they had through making and coding.  In turn they will continue to share and … Continue reading

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10 Reasons You Need To Read The Genius Hour Guidebook

1.  You will learn that authors Denise & Gallit are thoughtful, caring, & knowledgeable educators who are willing share their passion of supporting a student centered classroom of students learning about their passions.  Make sure you read this book! 2. … Continue reading

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Dear Students…I’m Sorry

Originally posted on Vendramin's Views:
“Never let the competition define you. Instead, you have to define yourself based on a point of view you care deeply about.” -Tom Chappel Me with my four sisters. I’m the one sharply dressed…

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Focussing on Happy Moments

I’ve struggled to write this post for a long time.  I was going to sit down and write it as I approached each century mark, and I couldn’t bring myself to write because I didn’t know how to clearly share … Continue reading

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6 Takeaways From #DENsi2015 – Day 3

Today was the first full day of sessions from DENsi 2015 and I couldn’t pick just 5 takeaways so you get 6 memorable moments from the sessions today.  It was chalk full of rich learning opportunities.  We had our opening … Continue reading

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5 Takeaways from #DENSI2015 – DAY 1

I feel extremely excited to be here in Washington, DC for Discovery Education Network’s (DEN) Summer Institute. DENsi2015 (DEN – ES – Eye). As a newbie I was welcomed into the DEN family with an inspiring and welcoming first day. … Continue reading

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Transformation is Not About Technology but About Being Able to Tell A Story

This post started out as a Facebook post and morphed into something a little bigger as I was pecking away in my car before heading to a workshop this morning. I got home last night from our Ignite Dinner Series … Continue reading

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Save Our Rhino’s Global Classroom Project: Using Our Voices to Raise Awareness

On Wednesday, December 10th our class skyped with Karen Stadler who lives in South Africa. Karen started a project called the Traveling Rhinos Project. The Traveling Rhinos Project is a project that is helping raise awareness around the world to … Continue reading

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26 More Videos that Sparked Genius Hour Thinking, Collaboration, and Actions in Our Class

In my classroom over the last few years I’ve shown many Youtube videos to inspire resiliency, grit, hope, and discussion prior to guiding them in the creation of their inquiry questions about their passions and wonders during our weekly Genius … Continue reading

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