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NYC DOE Supports Innovative Teaching

Recently, I delivered several Redefining Learning PD sessions for NYC DOE educators. Teachers were thrilled to discover Microsoft’s OneNote and Class Notebook. Part of Office 365, Microsoft has made technology free, accessible and is helping to equalize the playing field in education. Teachers no longer need to stress over xerox copies and handouts being completed in time. Paperwork does not need to be carried home for scoring as all notebooks are stored in the cloud.  Digital notebooks are created and quickly duplicated for different subjects or classes.… Visit the author's original post

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Next Round of Microsoft Innovative Education Experts Being Sought

For all educators who like to go above and beyond the call of duty, Microsoft is looking for its next cohorts of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts, MIE Experts. For those of you that don’t know, Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are given the chance to lead and brand themselves. Microsoft Innovative Educators are part of an exclusive group that are entitled to specials professional development opportunities, webinars and focus groups. Microsoft Innovative Educators are able to test new products, provide feedback and share their expertise globally.… Visit the author's original post

Next Round of Microsoft Innovative Education Experts Being Sought

For all educators who like to go above and beyond the call of duty, Microsoft is looking for its next cohorts of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts, MIE Experts. For those of you that don’t know, Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are given the chance to lead and brand themselves. Microsoft Innovative Educators are part of an exclusive group that are entitled to specials professional development opportunities, webinars and focus groups. Microsoft Innovative Educators are able to test new products, provide feedback and share their expertise globally.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Expert Weekend & ISTE 2015

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The end of a school year signals excitement for teachers and students primarily because it enables them to rest, rejuvenate and come back to school refreshed and stimulated for another rigorous school year. This particular school year ending was even more special since Microsoft and NCCE sponsored the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert weekend down at Philadelphia, PA at the ISTE 2015 Conference.

MIE Experts were given a chance to meet, collaborate and communicate with other MIE Experts from around the nation and talk shop.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Expert Weekend & ISTE 2015

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The end of a school year signals excitement for teachers and students primarily because it enables them to rest, rejuvenate and come back to school refreshed and stimulated for another rigorous school year. This particular school year ending was even more special since Microsoft and NCCE sponsored the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert weekend down at Philadelphia, PA at the ISTE 2015 Conference.

MIE Experts were given a chance to meet, collaborate and communicate with other MIE Experts from around the nation and talk shop.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Expert Weekend & ISTE 2015

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The end of a school year signals excitement for teachers and students primarily because it enables them to rest, rejuvenate and come back to school refreshed and stimulated for another rigorous school year. This particular school year ending was even more special since Microsoft and NCCE sponsored the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert weekend down at Philadelphia, PA at the ISTE 2015 Conference.

MIE Experts were given a chance to meet, collaborate and communicate with other MIE Experts from around the nation and talk shop.… Visit the author's original post

The Millionaires’ Club

Fourth graders from Ms. Jackson’s and Ms. Lopez’s are learning about the stock market and finances.  In a group selected by the teachers, children are able to learn about the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ exchange. Students analyzed their own lives and reflected on every day products they know, love and use. They brainstormed and came up with Apple, McDonald’s, Sony, Colgate, Six Flags, Disney, Scholastic, Target,  Staples, Children’s Place, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung and Google. Children selected an investment choice based on financial numbers and individual experiences.  … Visit the author's original post

The Millionaires’ Club

Fourth graders from Ms. Jackson’s and Ms. Lopez’s are learning about the stock market and finances.  In a group selected by the teachers, children are able to learn about the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ exchange. Students analyzed their own lives and reflected on every day products they know, love and use. They brainstormed and came up with Apple, McDonald’s, Sony, Colgate, Six Flags, Disney, Scholastic, Target,  Staples, Children’s Place, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung and Google. Children selected an investment choice based on financial numbers and individual experiences.  … Visit the author's original post

The 100th Day of School Celebration

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The 100th Day of School Celebration

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAScholars always look forward to special days and events and the 100th Day of School is one of the most special days. To children, 100 is special since it is a landmark number and because they know the day will be filled with fun activities both in the classroom and by content specialists. In the Library Media Center, multiple classes came together to hear a read aloud about the a kindergarten class celebrating 100 and count out 100 edible items. Upper academy children scaffolded lower grades as scholars counted out 10 groups of 10.… Visit the author's original post

Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss

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In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, several classes across all different grade levels listened to various Dr. Seuss stories. Children participated in accountable talk and made hats to look like the Cat in the Hat. Children then did a hands on activity of edible bracelets with licorice and fruit loops. Whoever knew that birthdays could be so much fun!!!

 


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Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss

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In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, several classes across all different grade levels listened to various Dr. Seuss stories. Children participated in accountable talk and made hats to look like the Cat in the Hat. Children then did a hands on activity of edible bracelets with licorice and fruit loops. Whoever knew that birthdays could be so much fun!!!

 


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Competing with the Gifted & Talented

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Ms. Lopez’s 4th grade class got a crack at Mystery Skype with a gifted and talented class. After taking turns asking several yes and no questions, P.S. 54 4th graders were able to determine that their challengers have a mild winter, borders the ocean as one of the 13 colonies, state name does not start with a vowel and has more than three syllables. Children worked as a team looking up information, writing questions for the speakers to ask and crossing off states that knew it could not be.… Visit the author's original post

Competing with the Gifted & Talented

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Ms. Lopez’s 4th grade class got a crack at Mystery Skype with a gifted and talented class. After taking turns asking several yes and no questions, P.S. 54 4th graders were able to determine that their challengers have a mild winter, borders the ocean as one of the 13 colonies, state name does not start with a vowel and has more than three syllables. Children worked as a team looking up information, writing questions for the speakers to ask and crossing off states that knew it could not be.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype

A 4th grade class recently had the chance to experience Mystery Skype with @msoskil and his social studies class. Students on both ends eagerly asked questions and marked off states on the map that they knew it could not be. Questions were limited to yes or no only. All scholars had assigned jobs and acted within their roles. Children excitedly whispered thoughts to each other and potential questions. At one point, one if our speakers spoke too quickly in asking his questions to the mystery class and flatly stated ” I take that back” thus generating giggles from the experienced opponents he faced.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype

A 4th grade class recently had the chance to experience Mystery Skype with @msoskil and his social studies class. Students on both ends eagerly asked questions and marked off states on the map that they knew it could not be. Questions were limited to yes or no only. All scholars had assigned jobs and acted within their roles. Children excitedly whispered thoughts to each other and potential questions. At one point, one if our speakers spoke too quickly in asking his questions to the mystery class and flatly stated ” I take that back” thus generating giggles from the experienced opponents he faced.… Visit the author's original post

Random Acts of Kindness

After reading  LaBella Reina’s post on IG, I entered a frequent library patron in the fitness enthusiast’s contest. This specific gym queen is beautiful both inside and out. LaBella Reina graciously posted about her contest to help three children for the holidays. She asked that contestants write a description about why the nominee is special and why the child should be selected. True to her word, LaBella Reina emailed back with some questions pertaining to the child’s favorite activities and later mailed a gift box.… Visit the author's original post

Yoga = Literacy + Health Wellness in the School Library

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“What’s your favorite subject?” a child’s mother asked. “Library,” he told me he answered. “Library isn’t a class,” the mom promptly responded. “Oh, yes it is,” he answered. Oh, yes it it!!!

In the school library, I am able to teach research and information literacy skills. Students learn how to evaluate information and find resources. They begin to appreciate literature in new ways. Scholars are able to explore subjects they may have an interest in and expand their thinking. Several special education classes have been also able to learn how to relax, breathe calmly through difficult situations with other classmates or teachers that frustrate them and to let it roll right off.… Visit the author's original post

Street Dreams

So honored and excited to have just had an article, Street Dreams, published in  School Library Journal, the national magazine launched in 1954, and  the leading publication for librarians who work with children. SLJ has  a print circulation of over 30,000, and a web site audience of over 220,000 visitors per month.

Take a few minutes to read the article (linked below) about the  school library and how the scholars are learning environmentalism and developing citizenship skills at the same time.… Visit the author's original post