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My dog could blog

Well, hello! It’s been forever since I have posted anything and I am thinking it’s time for me to get back to blogging. I remember the enthusiasm I had when I first started this blog…I had *too much* to say and loved the feeling of getting my thoughts out there…wherever that is. I think it is important for me to start writing again and now that I am on summer holidays, I hope to have a bit more time to do that.

But to address the title of this post:

Recently, I took my dog, a Goldendoodle named Darby, to stay with a friend while we were away for a bit. I’d like to share an email that Darby sent to me (True story, although I do suspect my friend, Tanis, helped her with the big words.) after being with my friends for a short twelve hours:

Hello humans!

Well, it is a good thing that I am over here with these other people – they are so strange!!!

First off, they have a cat living here. Umm hmmm. AND the other dog that lives here hasn’t done anything about it! Thank goodness I showed up! I chased that stoopid cat down into the basement.

Then, as I was feeling out of sorts, the humans here took me and the other dog Khaleesi to the park. I met a great dog named Charlie (a labradoodle) and we ran and ran. But when I jumped into the mud to show Charlie and Khaleesi how fun it was and then ran to the human to tell HER about it she screeched really loud, so I jumped on her because I thought she needed my assistance. I mean really! Why screech if nothing is wrong? I thought she was hurt. The other human laughed laughed. Then we left the park. When we all got home, the humans made me have a bath – which was okay. But I am really tired so I’m going to sleep in my kennel.

Good night and I’ll try to write more tomorrow. Drive safe!

Doggy kisses,
Your dog Darby

I think my dog could have a blog…she writes well, right?

Looking forward to sharing more, soon. I have been on a temporary teaching contract since Easter this year and really enjoyed the opportunity. I am pleased to say that I have accepted a full time teaching position for the fall and am looking forward to having a classroom of my own. I hope to have much to draw from to share on this blog.

Enjoy the summer, everyone!

Oh, Darby included the following picture. She’s a very tech savvy dog, I guess.



Ten Reasons Why Teachers Must Be Magic

A wonderful letter from Santa from the 21st  Century Educational Technology and Learning blog by Michael Gorman.  Check out his blog for this post and much more.

A Special Letter From Santa… Ten Reasons Why Teachers Must Be Magic!

Welcome to a very special post… one that I will make a tradition to post each holiday season. It was several Christmas Eves ago that I found this letter under my Christmas Tree! I made it a tradition to put it away, until just a few weeks before Christmas each year, with the idea of sharing it with you! Please take a moment to read this very special letter from Santa! He takes a moment to describe the magic that you as an educator make happen every day! While you are at it, I would appreciate that you take a moment to subscribe to this Blog by RSS or email and follow me at (mjgormans). Taking that moment insures that we can continue to network, something that is very magical to me. Also, please share this letter with others and even provide a re-tweet.  May your holidays be filled with magic! – Mike Gorman (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

A Letter From Santa

Dear Teachers,

I have been meaning to write this letter for a long time! It is a letter that I feel is long overdue and with the elves getting all ready for my long ride, I finally found the time! I have been watching teachers for many years and I am amazed at the work they do. I have come to a conclusion that the teaching profession, like my own, must be filled with bits of  magic! Please let me provide ten statements of evidence for my belief.

1.  I travel the world one night of the year visiting all the boys and girls of the world. The teaching profession works with every boy and girl all year long. This equates to each teacher fulfilling educational needs for 30 – 200 children each and every school day. Seems like magic to me!

2. I deliver presents to all the boys and girls. From my Toy Repair Shop statistics I find many of these gifts are broken or no longer garner a child’s interest within months!  Yet teachers find inner gifts in every child. Teachers nurture these inner gifts  until they develop into true presents that will last a lifetime.  These kinds of gifts sure seem like magic to me!

3. I keep my naughty and nice list for every child. Some people believe this job is pretty amazing! Yet when I look at the teaching profession, teachers provide a constant evaluation of all their students! Their list covers all the aspects of developing and learning which they report to children’s parents and to the children themselves! This evaluation is based on a wide variety of observations, data, and student performance.  Teachers will then use this list to help improve each and every student! Wow, keeping track of every student’s ability and prescribing ways to be successful must really be magic!

4. I leave presents to students who are on the nice list and who believe in me. Teachers work with all children because they believe in every student. Teachers continue to do so, even when students stop believing in the educational system’s ability to help them achieve.  That type of persistence has got to be magic!

5. I have operated my workshop using the same technology for hundreds of years and it has worked for me. Then again, I work with children when they are asleep, delivering presents in my own way. Teachers work with children when they are awake and they have spent time learning how to engage children using googles, blogs, phlogs, glogs, prezis, and all these other words I really don’t know! Being able to teach, transform, and accommodate for this new digital generation must really be magic!

6. I have made it a practice to leave coal behind for children who do not make my good list! It seems every year the same children always get the coal. Teachers refuse to leave coal, in fact, they are working hard at leaving no child behind. To work towards a goal of leaving no child behind is a true act of magic!

7. I read the news and I am always so thankful to read all the nice articles about my work. It really does provide me with motivation to keep up my vocation. I read news articles about the education profession and it seems that most articles are unsupportive. Yet, teachers keep working hard at providing success for their students! These teachers must be operating on a little bit of magic!

8. I have thousands of elves, of course the reindeer, and the  community of the entire North Pole to assist me. Teachers work every day, many times by themselves, as they provide new opportunities for their students! Carrying that load alone must be much heavier than my bag of toys. It must really be magic!

9. I receive many a thank you and millions of pictures of happy faces as children open their presents each year. Teachers don’t always get the thank yous, or may never see the present get eventually opened. When they do, appreciation may come from decades later!  A thank you that appears after many years must be the result of pure magic!

10. I discovered a light in Rudolph brightens up a dark, foggy, or snowy night so that I can deliver joy to all the children across the world. Teachers provide the light that brightens our world in both the darkest night and brightest day! It is the light of learning and knowledge!  The ability to keep that light burning  bright  must take a quite a bit of magic!

You see, I have found that magic does not come easily! It is made possible only by those who work hard and keep believing, and seek what they know is possible! As you can see, there must be a great deal of magic in the education profession! Please continue to keep this magic alive and know that you are all on my good list! After all, I had to learn all that I do from somewhere! So from across the years I know I have many teachers to thank!   Last, to all teachers across the world… I really do believe in you!

Thanks for all the magic,


Thank you for the post, Michael.  Happy Holidays to you!

At the risk of offending some Twitterites

I was recently “followed” by someone whose description said that he was a writer and an educator and a parent.  This is interesting to me, so I followed him back.  Instantly, I get a direct message from him saying, “Glad to meet you! Will you like me on Facebook, too?” with the link to his FB page.   It rubbed me the wrong way, kind of like meeting someone for the first time and have them say, “Glad to meet you! Can I borrow $20?”

So, he is clearly using a IFTTT – type application that automatically sends a DM when someone follows him, and that doesn’t bother me.  But it seemed awfully forward to send me a request to “Like” him anywhere when I haven’t even had a chance to read anything about him or by him to decide that I’ll continue to find him interesting enough to follow!

So, please, people.  If you want to publicize your FB page, blog, or whatever, that’s awesome.  I’m all over that and should do a better job of it myself.  But give me time to get to know you or your tweets or at least the time to check out your Twitter profile to look for links to your other ‘stuff.’

Maybe this makes me a snob.  I prefer ‘selective.’  I’m not about the quantity of people who I follow, it’s the quality.  And until I spend more time learning how to filter/group my twitter-feed, I will continue to be selective.  Tell me something I will learn from or laugh about or share with others.  I will try to do the same.

I’ve become a Blog Snob*

I have restarted and deleted this blog post five times now, thanks to David Jakes and the presentation that he made for our ECMP355 class last night. I will explain why in a minute.  Bear with me.

As a disclaimer, I am not a judgmental person by nature.  I subscribe to the ‘live and let live’ belief system.  I believe in being kind to others and accepting of differences and Karma.

So, because of that, I feel a little bit guilty about how I’ve been reading blogs lately.  After Mr. Jake’s presentation I find myself dissecting the visual integrity of each and every blog I open, including my own.

“Good lord!  She used Comic Sans!  The HORROR!” (Mental note, send her this link.)

“Red?  RED?  What was he thinking???”

I have become a judgemental Blog Snob.

Learning about the perceptual impact that various aspects of a blog’s visual space has on a reader has made me accutely aware that it isn’t just about what I am saying to people but also how I am using visual cues and imagery to convey my messages.  I’m pretty sure that at the beginning of Mr. Jake’s presentation learning about the discussion of Cognitive Load Theory and the biology of learning with visual literacy,  I looked a little like this guy:

But as the evening went on and his slideshow and lecture continued it became clear to me.  Having a blog and something to say isn’t enough to be effective.  Making it effective and well-received takes work.  This is where the five false-starts to my blog post comes in.  I know I need to work on all of those things.  And the information that I received from our presentation will help me do better.  I look forward to hearing comments on how I am doing with that.

*Blog Snob:  What we were warned we would become after our presentation.  You were right, Dean Shareski.