Can I Get an Amen?!


A few weeks ago, I shared my Personal Knowledge Management System (PKM).  In it you can see one place I collect information from is by subscribing to podcasts.  One of my favorites is TEDTalks Education.  This podcast has a variety of episodes covering the many aspects of education.

I’m writing this blog post from my seat on an airplane heading back from Hawaii.  I was feeling a little bored when I remembered that I had the TEDTalks videos on my laptop.  I watched Christopher Emdin talk about changing education through the teacher education progress.  The episode is called Teach Teachers How to Create Magic.

He started off by defining some negative characteristics of teacher education (I’m going to skip over that part).  He then described how some people have that “magic.”  He described the way people like, rappers and pastors can hold onto an audience’s attention by raising and lowering volume and pace of speech, and the give and take with the audience.

He brings it back to education and says, “But I’m here to tell you that magic can be taught. Magic can be taught. Magic can be taught.”  Teachers can be taught the skills to create magic in their classrooms. 

Have you ever felt yourself making magic with your students?  I can tell you, I have.  I love the enthusiasm that encompasses this delivery style.  But that’s what I think it is, a “style.”  Like I said, I’ve felt the magic.  I’ve also felt the exhaustion that comes after those amazing moments.  I don’t think I can teach that way everyday for every subject.  I’m willing to try and will make an effort to teach that way more often.  .  .

I hope the principal won’t mind me napping on the rug at recess and lunch!


Digitally Competent Teachers

I came across this article today through my feedly account.  This article had a beautiful infographic that accompanied the article. According to Daily Genius you are a digitally competent teacher if:

  • You can integrate digital skills into everyday life
  • You have a balanced attitude
  • You are open to using and trying new stuff
  • You are a digital communicator
  • You know how to do a digital assessment
  • You understand and respect privacy
  • You are a digital citizen

I really appreciate each point here. I do think that the third bullet is so important.  I have a personal philosophy when it comes to technology, “The computer can’t win.”  When I am trying new things, I flat out refuse to let the computer win.  Does that mean I always accomplish what I want?  Yes.  Does it always come out the way I intended/envisioned?  No.  When I hit a technological road block, I immediately begin looking for a detour.  I ask myself, “How can I do this?” 

I encourage anyone who struggles with technology to not give up & keep  on trying!




The next-generation science standards are said to be “three-dimensional.” What that means is that there are three parts to the standards: the topics that are covered, call disciplinary core ideas, the things that hold all the branches of science together, called the crosscutting concepts, and the methods that scientists and engineers use to go about discovering things and answering questions, called science and engineering practices.

For a list of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices, or for a more detailed explanation of any of them, visit the sites below.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices


View original post


We have set up hashtags for you to tweet. Pick a science topic (any science topic) and brainstorm how you might talk about it at an elementary level (K-6) and then again at a middle and high school level (7-12).

Send two tweets:

  • One for how you would talk about your topic with younger students, using hashtag  #NGSS_K6
  • One for how you talk about the same topic with older students, using hashtag  #NGSS_712