Tag Archives: Motivation

After 1 Day of 20 Percent Time

March 4, 2014

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After 1 Day of 20 Percent Time

I had students share a single word to describe how they were feeling after we explored the what, why, and how of 20 percent time.  There was quite a range of responses.  One student even said “cats.”

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20 Percent Time Introduced

February 28, 2014

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20 Percent Time Introduced

I recently attended a conference called the Google Apps for Education Summit.  It was fantastic.  I met innovative educators from all over the country, explored all sorts of new ways to engage students using technology in the classroom, and found out about a beautiful concept called 20 percent time that I’m hoping will shape the […]

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Pay Attention, Daddy.

January 24, 2014

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Pay Attention, Daddy.

My 3 year old is teaching me to pay attention.  His method of instruction is not modeling.  In fact, he’s not the most attentive kid most of the time.  When he wants your attention though, he demands all of it.  Yesterday it started with a simple, “Daddy, look at this.” He was building something out […]

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Cardboard Creativity

October 30, 2013

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After being inspired by watching Caine’s Arcade, some of the people at my son’s coop preschool decided to have a cardboard carnival.  So they’ve planned, and cut, and taped, and built for over a month.  On Saturday, the day finally arrived.  It was inspirational.  Preschoolers and their older siblings took ownership of the carnival games. […]

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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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