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Elevator Pitches for 20 Time Projects

March 28, 2014

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We’re 5 weeks into our 20 time projects and students submitted their proposals to the class today and recorded their elevator pitches.  The requirements for the elevator pitch were simple: In less than 30 seconds, introduce us to your project in a way that convinces us that it’s worthwhile.  Students were pretty excited about this […]

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Put your cell phones away

January 10, 2014

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I love showing this video on my first day with new students.  I include it as part of my explanation of classroom procedures by saying something like this: I expect that when you are in this class, you will have your cell phone completely put away so that it’s not a distraction to you.  If […]

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Having something to say

May 15, 2013

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Having something to say

I can’t remember where I heard it.  It was a few years ago when someone I trusted (but can’s seem to remember) said something like, “There’s a difference between having to say something and having something to say.”  I’m not sure if it was related to teaching (I was taking classes for my credential at […]

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Raley Field Promo – Student Video Contest

May 8, 2013

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Some of my video production students had the chance to head to Raley Field (home of the minor league River Cats) a few weeks ago and have a behind the scenes look at the ball club.  This was part of a video contest put on by a local youth video organization.  Students groups could pick […]

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Fundraising with Donors Choose

May 8, 2013

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Fundraising with Donors Choose

I heard about a fundraising site called donnorschoose.org a few months ago from my mom.  According to the about page, “Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to […]

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