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#thanksgiving day 

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So I am actually going to reflect on the days leading up to Thanksgiving, as I wait for the meal to begin with my boyfriend and his family…  I realize I am not going to remember everything so hopefully I can resume my daily posts…. 

What I’ve learned over the last few days: 

  • Indoor soccer games seem to go by quicker especially when your team is winning! Riley won his game last Friday and it was most excellent! 
  • I can literally waste hours listening to my paranormal audio books on Overdrive and playing silly games like Candy Crush (soda saga), Criminal Case, Clash of Clans, Pet Rescue Saga, Paradise Bay, and others….. 
  • My vision for our #1to1bears video is going to take more work than I expected… 
  • Interviews with students are a ton of fun and informative if they take it seriously! 
  • Audacity is great tool but takes more than a couple minutes to use it to do what I am needing it to do. 
  • Adobe Audition taught me how to see sounds like beeping/honking horns in the color wave format of the audio and has some tools similar to audacity. 
  • iMovie can be frustrating and I need more practice and tutorials 
  • Camtasia might be my go to for this video after spending hours working with Audacity and iMovie…. We shall see

Well I wanted to post something, reflection seems to really be helping me in my practice! Well enjoy your family and food, hopefully we will be eating soon! 

On a side note, my boyfriend can play the piano, I did not know…. 

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Short and sweet…. No not me, I am about average height

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Balancing work and home is a challenge, I think I have it some days and then BAM! I so do not have it…. 

What I learned or was reminded of today: 

  • Creating and/or making is fun (duh? Right but it is good to keep reminding ourselves this) 
  • I finally published the latest blog post about one of my teachers; Pratt’s Poe-sters and it is awesome! 
  • The community and student feedback is critical to our success as educators.
  • Carts in the classroom are great storage for devices but the locking mechanisms are lacking… (Need to find a solution) 
  • I had planned to make it to EduDrinks tonight, had a sitter line up but…. I came home and both me and Riley took naps!
  • I truly love paranormal audio books, currently stuck on the Night Huntress series, I love Kat, Bones and especially Vlad! 
  • I want to buy a LEAF ASAP… #goals 
  • Layla is pretty good pup! #toosmart 

Maybe tomorrow will be more techy and inspired but for now that is all I have, committed to the #daytoday! 

Google Forms for Bell Work

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I am so excited to see some of our Teachers’ try out this method of Bell Work!

A Gory Tale of English Class

Last year we went paperless in my classroom for everything except Bell Work. I tried a few different programs to put my Bell Work online, but to really make it work, the Bell Work was going to have to be multiple choice. Ick.

After attending the Google Summit in Texas this summer, I got the idea to put my Bell Work on a Google Form. It has been amazing.

Each day my students come in, grab a computer or iPad, sit down, and get to work. My students love the Google Forms and feel that they are more user-friendly.

Bell Work

I’ve found since moving my Bell Work to Google Forms, my students are taking more time to properly answer the questions, are giving more thought out answers, and are more excited to go over the Bell Work when everyone is finished. Plus, each student has a computer so we are…

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