Archive for May, 2013

One of the cool things about teaching language is/was that everything is relevant. Giving students the opportunity and facilitating the ability to communicate meaningfully in relevant situations is always relevant education.

One of the many things we did in the German class was to create Mother’s Day cards in German. Though it does have a “craftsy” feeling to it, the learning was really meaningful and the ability/opportunity for students to share their language with their families was a great motivator and source of pride.

If any of that isn’t quite enough to justify such projects, I would never question it again because of this card.

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This card was made by an amazing spirit who, last year, passed away after a terrible car accident. Today, his mother posted this picture… the last Mother’s Day card she ever got from her son.

We never know what lifetime memories we might be facilitating. Life is too sweet and too short. Make the most of it and, when possible, help others do the same as well.

Yesterday we got the official news: We are going to be a 1:1 iPad school! Every student in our school next year will be receiving an iPad and we will be moving forward as a staff to fully integrate technology in our classes and for our students with the ultimate aim of increasing student achievement.

I know there is SO much to think about in the 1:1 environment, and I am excited to learn, learn, learn! Do you have any resources I should check out and be inspired? I’d love to hear it!

Ultimately, I would love to have a fully integrated classroom, and will be looking forward to making strides with calendars/planners and even digital binders for the students in my AVID classes!