Thursday, December 18, 2014

Computer programming...yah, we do that!

Our 8th grade class wrote over 1,900 lines of code yesterday during their Technology Enrichment class.  Using's Intro to Computer Programming course, each student worked their way up through the first few levels.  In June, we will calculate which Enrichment class (6,7, or 8) wrote the most lines of code during their quarter of Tech Class and we will celebrate with a treat. 

Don't have a student in my Tech class?  You can still join in the coding fun!  Use this link ( sign your student up for the Intro to Computer Programming Course.  It is entertaining and easy to do with video introductions to each new step.  The characters. like Angry Birds or PvZ Zombies keep kids engaged. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hour of Code Week 12/8-12/14 - "Don't just consume things, create things."- President Obama

This is one of the coolest weeks of the year!  What?!?!?  You haven't heard of the Hour of Code Week?  Well, let me tell you all about it. 

Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra. (

There are so many awesome and fun activities to help your child (or you) learn the basics of coding. Check out the site below for walk-throughs and more!
Khan Academy
Hopscotch App
LightBot App
More apps

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another reason I love my job!

As I sit at the orthodontist while my son gets his braces taken off, my inbox is inundated with work stuff. First an email from Darla with links to an awesome reading campaign going on throughout the state, quickly followed by Sarah's amazing resource for finding great leveled books. How annoying... right? I mean, I took the day off! NO WAY! I love that I work in a place where everyone shares and watches out for those around them. Where teachers mentor others and meet together to find the best outcome for every student. Where links and articles are shared and someone steps in during their lunch so you can take a bathroom break. Where someone will give up their spot at a conference so another can attend. Where everyone wants everyone else to have successes and moments they reflect on that make them smile. I am so thankful for every one of these people that exemplify the qualities I am trying to teach my own children.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Read and enter for your chance to win a POSTER!!

Our Win a Poster reading incentive is going on now until December 19. The rules are simple, read a book, get a ticket, enter to win the poster of your choice.  Of course, if you read to your student that counts!  Students can receive their tickets during their library time or recess.