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What I Found Today ...

Have you looked at the resources and things available FREE on TeachersFirst?

Here are 5 things I found today:

1. Help! I lost my library/media specialist: Activities, Read-Alouds, and Articles about Common Core: Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, we have students whose elementary years are passing quickly. They need reading suggestions, lessons on information literacy, and positive experiences with books for independent reading. TeachersFirst offers this series to help every student love reading, despite difficult times.

2. Classroom Planning Calendar: This clickable calendar listing provides reviewed curriculum resources in a snap, connecting your classroom to events and observances in the world outside of school: holidays, anniversaries, seasonal events, and commemorations. 

3. TeachersFirst BYOD Dream Tools: Free tools that work on any device:  This collection of reviewed tools from TeachersFirst includes apps that are available for FREE on iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android, and web devices. Ideal for BYOD classrooms or 1:1 computer/tablet programs, these reviewed tools allow users to create and access projects using the same app, no matter what kind of device they have.

4. Reading for All: Reading is at the heart of learning, from pre-K to graduation. TeachersFirst offers these resources to support reading across the curriculum PreK-12 and encourage independent reading through school and in cooperation with parents.

5. Tech How and Why: Teaching and learning should drive technology, not vice versa. But sometimes we need the practical tips and how-to advice to use the technology in support of learning. Learn both HOW technology can support learning for you and your students and the underlying WHY behind best practices, all from supportive, Thinking Teachers like you.



A Reflection in Questions ...

I started looking around the Tackk website at the creations tagged #education, and I stumbled upon this …

I think I need to create something of my own using Tackk …

What would you create?

Would you use quotes?

Would you use questions?

What images would you use?


Live. Love. Laugh.

Live with Promise …

Love with Passion …

Laugh with Pleasure …

What does that mean to you?

What does that mean for you?

What would your life be life be like if you did each one of those things?

How would your days be different if this was your mantra?

Can you think of someone who Lives with Promise?

What are some characteristics?

What makes you think that is the way he or she lives?

Does someone come to mind when you read “Love with Passion”?

Do you think it matters what or who is being loved?

Which do you think matters most … the one doing the loving or the thing being loved?

Do you smile when you read “Laugh with Pleasure”?

Why do you think that happens?

I chose to create this image with flowers and a garden sign roughly drawn …

What image would you create to go along with these instruction?



Dream Big

 Here is One of the great things I found today on NASA Women of STEM:

What stands out the most for you?


But that is the only way to get better ..

When you think of the NASA Apollo missions, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

In our recent visit to the Kennedy Space Center, we had the chance to eat lunch under one of the 3 remaining Apollo rockets …

But that is not the story I want to share …

Did you know the first Apollo mission was not a success?

According to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (as well as our tour guide last week):

January 27, 1967

Apollo 1 Astronauts

Tragedy struck on the launch pad during a preflight test for Apollo 204, scheduled to be the first Apollo manned mission. It would have been launched on February 21, 1967, but Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives when a fire swept through the Command Module (CM).

That had to be devastating to not only the families and loved one of those Astronauts but also to all who worked to make that mission a possibility.

Did the people who worked toward that mission just give it and write it off as a loss?

No, they examined everything that happened …

They reviewed, recreated, and investigated …

In hopes of making changes so it would not happen again

Apollo I was clearly not a successful adventure …

But it was a learning opportunity

And that learning opportunity led to the eventual launch of Apollo 4 and 5 …

(by the way, there was never an Apollo 2 or 3)

How many times do we and our students give up the first time something doesn’t work exactly the way we think it should?

The idea of REVISION made my students tremble … and it is still something I don’t really like tp do but should do more …

That involves looking for the things that we got wrong and figuring out how to make them better  …

It also involves examining why what we tried did not work and if it was even the best idea to use in the first place …

That may mean admitting we are wrong …

This “recovering perfectionist” still does like that idea! :)

But that is the only way to get better ..

To be more effective …

To grow …

What is something that may not have worked just the way you thought it should that you need to go back and try again?


(Ouch that question hurt … but stretching does at times …)