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Education in Finland

By clicking on the title above, you can find a link to my prezi on the Educational System in Finland. Finland has consistently had some of the highest test scores according to PISA.  Yet, Finland does not administer high-stakes testing to its students. What makes Finnish Education so successful, and why doesn’t the United States consider more carefully those key strategies?


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July 21, 2013 · 6:23 pm

Authentic Learning

So it is summer, and teachers really should not be blogging about teaching. That is what most people think. But I am not most people. Last year, I used the website goanimate to integrate technology into my third grade classroom.  In one lesson, students were to create a video showing a conversation between two characters to tell about one of the symbols of the United States. Over the summer, one of my students entered a contest sponsored by the PTA. He won first place for his creativity with technology describing generosity and compassion.  Now this makes a teacher proud. Way to go Matthew!

Guess I should add that if you click on the title, it will take you to the link 🙂

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July 10, 2013 · 12:16 am

Integrating Technology Into the Classroom

This link will take you to the Prezi written by myself and colleague Amy O’Rear to present to our faculties about technology integration into the classroom.

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April 27, 2013 · 7:30 pm

Go Animate and Research

This week, I looked at the objectives we were to teach in reading.  Those objectives were using capital letters with proper nouns, finding main idea and summarizing, asking questions, and note taking.  The story was The Statue of Liberty.  I decided this was a great week for students to do online research on the symbols of the United States.

I started out by finding some kid friendly sites and adding those to our class Edmodo group so the kids could find the references easily.  Little did I know the system would have the sites open on Monday but blocked the rest of the week. So I also had to teach them how to do better online searches.

One of my students finished his work quickly and wrote a three paragraph report.  I asked him how he wanted to present his work on his blog.  He replied Go Animate! This link will take you there, and it is so worth the couple of minutes it will take for you to see.

I guarantee you the rest of my class is working hard to write their reports so they can create an animation too!  Click on the title of this blog and it will take you to the link!

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April 11, 2013 · 1:03 am

Chapter 3: The Skeptics

This is my first try at a podcast.  Let’s see if it works and what you think!  Click on “Chapter 3: The Skeptics”


March 5, 2013 · 12:21 pm