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Author: Ms Z

Real-Life Where’s Waldo

Imagine that you wake up, and have no idea where you are. All you can do is look around, use contextual clues, and try your best to figure out where you are. Give it your best guess, and GeoGuessr will show you how close you are. It pretty simple, and there’s not much to it

Stop Lugging Home Piles of Paper

I teach three different subjects over a 10-period/2-day block schedule that also includes a built-in intervention period (so technically, 11 periods). I teach under three separate career clusters that have a few things in common, but ultimately, my classroom is a MESS. I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to stay organized

The Lost Children – Middle School Widgets

  When people find out that I’m a teacher, this question always comes up: “What grade do you teach?” “6th through 8th.” “Ugh. God bless you.” Before I taught, I’m ashamed to say I had the same reaction. Middle schoolers are those awkward, in-between, annoying kids that most people ignore until they become “normal” again.

Visual Bookmarking Made Easy with Symbaloo

I’m a visual person. I like pictures. They’re simple, get right to the point, and the prettier, the better. That’s why I really like Symbaloo to organize all of my web resources. I follow a million different education blogs, Twitter Chats and Edmodo threads. Everyday there are at least a dozen links to amazing resources

Safe & Secure Blogging Promotes Creative Writing

I’ve been an active blogger since 2005, and the experience has created countless connections and opportunities. A personal “mommyblog” lead to a permanent gig with The Houston Chronicle which, as a journalism major, helped me check “journalist” off my bucket list. I use that experience to let my students know that their voices have power

Classroom Management, Ninja-Style

  I’m a kickboxer; this requires quite a bit of self-discipline. Every time I go to the gym, I stand directly across from a sign on the wall that says “ATTITUDE,” and when I start to feel whiny (which is pretty often) I say the word over and over again. My dojo emphasizes positive reinforcement,

Augmented Reality in the Classroom

What would you say if I told you that a picture on the wall held an entire secret world? It’s the ultimate inside joke on everyone; you walk past a simple image on a poster, or maybe it’s a photograph of a student. It may be an object, a statue, maybe a place. With the