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The Inaccessibility of Making, Tinkering & Coding — Part 1

The Inaccessibility of Making, Tinkering & Coding — Part 1

The inaccessibility of learning “how computing works” & applying that learning in unique ways is real…especially when we view it as something only done in “that geeky teacher’s classroom,” the designated makerspace or worse…gifted only. I live 2.5 hours away...Read more ›

Giving Our Students Freedom

Some of the common things I hear when I tell someone I teach middle school include: “Oh, I’m sorry,” “Why?” and my personal favorite, “Let me buy you a drink.” I’m not saying that I don’t relate to all these comments at some point in the school year, but I also am...Read more ›
Tips for Connecting with Your Students via Natalie Priester

Tips for Connecting with Your Students via Natalie Priester

Whether you are a brand new teacher or one with a bit more “seasoning,” you know that connecting with your students is key to a successful school year. Natalie Priester, a CUE member from southern California, recently attended a training where she got to meet middle...Read more ›
Advice for New and Old(er) Teachers

Advice for New and Old(er) Teachers

Tomorrow, I start back my 15th year of classroom teaching next to at least two teachers right out of the credential program. I love the “new blood” anticipation these new teachers have, the excitement of having your own classroom space, the optimism of changing...Read more ›
New Year, New Transitions (and Timers)

New Year, New Transitions (and Timers)

How often do you set a timer in order for students to complete a task? I know I do. Most often we find a timer online, set it to countdown mode, and project it for the students to see. The students then monitor their time and adjust accordingly. Okay, they don’t focus...Read more ›