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Student Agency Over Learning #ISTE17LEARNING

Two questions were raised at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Having received my education at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington I uphold the constructivist learning theory.  Contrary to instruction where students passively acquire knowledge from lectures, constructivism asserts that learning is an active process based on personal experiences and interpretations of the environment.… Continue reading Student Agency Over Learning #ISTE17LEARNING

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Clarify Communication to ELL Families with Images

A key element to teaching is revealed in the book Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit, by Leslie Marmon Silko. The benefit of combining text with visuals is the creation of a well-rounded relationship in language. The tension between words and images goes back thousands of years.  In connecting this relationship to the… Continue reading Clarify Communication to ELL Families with Images

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Positive Behavior Support for Autistic Students

In an inclusion model there are students with special needs within a general classroom setting. There is a general classroom teacher and sometimes there is an aide for one-on-one assistance for students with special needs. The Bloomz behavior award tool supports ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy for students on the Autism spectrum. An ABA therapist… Continue reading Positive Behavior Support for Autistic Students

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Digital Portfolios: Capturing Student Learning and Progress

With minimalism and tiny houses being a trend, it makes the most sense for elementary teachers to utilize a digital portfolio for student work. Millennial parents are on the rise and a digital portfolio is much like the Facebook timeline or Instagram feed. The documents will always exist, are easily accessed with a link, and… Continue reading Digital Portfolios: Capturing Student Learning and Progress

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The Unexpected Switch: Choosing a New Parent Communication App Midyear

This blog was written by Jenn S., a teacher who transitioned from Class Messenger to Bloomz and was excited to help other teachers make the transition. Jenn is a kindergarten teacher in Pennsylvania, and was kind enough to write her thoughts on why and how her school made the transition to Bloomz.   by Jenn… Continue reading The Unexpected Switch: Choosing a New Parent Communication App Midyear

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​​Parent Communication: Better with Bloomz

by Rachelle Dene Poth  At the start of the school year teachers are often thinking of the best ways to welcome the students back to the classroom, to provide some structure and begin working on relationships and setting the path for learning goals for the year. Part of the beginning of each new year is… Continue reading ​​Parent Communication: Better with Bloomz