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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

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,