Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
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All credit goes out to my two students and their families. What an exceptional job!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
How do you battle a world that is calling our kids to only value self entertainment? Would love to hear your thoughts.
*I am in no means against technology. I am against my students losing the ability to interact as kids, which will form how they interact with others throughout their lives.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
So with Ron's inspiration, I created a riddle hunt to go with the beginning of The BFG by Roald Dahl. What a hit! At the same time, another class in Louisiana was doing the same riddle hunt. They also had a great time. That got me thinking that maybe this riddle hunt would be a lot of fun for others, so I posted about it on my blog.
Next the hunt got picked up by Mrs. Goodwin in Indiana. Her kids had a blast, check it here:
Then Mrs. Goodwin posted her video on Twitter and it gathered another prospective classroom from Vermont.
This has spawned two important questions: Would you like to give the riddle hunt a shot too?
but more importantly....
How can we make more of these hunts and make them accessible to all?
The wiki for Riddle Hunts is now alive: check it here.
In the travel to my goal, there have been some significant highlights. By far, the best stop has been the 30 Goals Challenge put forth by Shelly Terrell. If I have a chance to present to my colleagues one resource for change and growth, this will be it. The challenges have been relevant to reflection, growth, collaboration, professionalism, and so much more.
The amazing thing about the #30 Goals Challenge is that it has the potential to live beyond a schedule. Any great idea that is created with an end will ultimately lose its sting to make an impact. That is what is so great about this idea. It can be started at anytime, followed in any order, and completed on your own time. The challenge also comes with a vibrant Twitter hashtag: #30goals, that allows you to connect with others. The blog posts also link to more resources than you will have time to digest.
The 30 Goals Challenge is essential for teachers who are feeling burned out. It is necessary for new teachers who seek direction. It is a must for teachers who believe they have arrived and have been stuck in unfruitful traditions. Take up the challenge, and get ready for a wild ride.
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