Taking Paths Less Traveled

Joyful Hiker. Mother. Teacher. Adventurer.

Of all the sessions that I attended at #CUE18 (and I attended a lot more than I have reviewed on my blog), Google Classroom Tips and Tricks – Part 1 and 2 presented by Alice Keeler (alicekeeler.com) was, by far, my favorite. Not only does Alice have a wealth of knowledge about using Google Classroom, …

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The concept behind anything Google, is that you are starting with a blank page, with endless possibilities. The creativity that Google Innovators are sharing with the education community is as exciting as it is inspiring. Using Google Slides to make your own story book, choose your own adventure story and integrate it all into a …

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Early Friday morning at #CUE18, I wove my way around the hallway traffic all the way to the furthest end of the conference building. I am glad I got there early because by the time @teacherskaggs started her presentation there were very few remaining seats. As an Elementary teacher, a flipped classroom sounds daunting. How …

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When ever my district or union offers to send me to a conference I jump on the opportunity. I love conferences. The crowds, the energy, the inspiration.  Spring #CUE18 did not disappoint! Unfortunately, it is hard to hang onto the glow I get from a series of great sessions. When at the conference the energy …

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It’s been nearly 10 years since I made the crucial decision to leave my unsuccessful marriage. At the time, I was the clerical manager for my husband’s small mechanic business, a work at home job that had no real  personal income. All the money was controlled by my husband and even though keeping track of …

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When I was looking for a teaching job, I never imagined that come Winter Break, I wouldn’t want to go back. In fact, all through college, as I heard over and over the statistics of early teachers changing careers, I thought, “Not me!”

Walking on campus during 6th grade recess was a bit of a culture shock. The first thing I noticed was how physically giant 6th graders are in comparison to the 1st graders! Next I noticed the attitudes that went along with the difference in size. One girl, on her cell phone, nearly smashed into me …

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