Category Archives: MAET

Hey Ireland…See you next summer!

It was early on the third day when it first hit me. We were having a discussion about the Willingham reading from the night before. Rachelle had just said something profound and I knew. I had to come back for … Continue reading

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Pushing limits…making changes!

This has been a summer filled with pushing my limits. However, I believe real growth only happens when one is willing to step outside their comfort zone. I am happy to say, that by pushing the limits real changes have … Continue reading

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Inside the Interview Process

Applying for a new job is a very isolating experience. You turn in your resumé then wait for a yes or no answer. If you are lucky enough to get an interview, you again put forth your best effort, but … Continue reading

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Hoping to make a difference in the world

One of the reason I swore I would never get a Masters is that I have had entirely too many educational experiences in which I felt I was simply jumping through hoops to earn a piece of paper. So, when … Continue reading

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Combating Dyslexia with Bookshare.org

How would you like to take a class in which all the lectures were given in your native language, but the textbook and worksheets were in a foreign one? I often imagine this is what life is like for people … Continue reading

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To tech or not to tech…a “frozen thought” dilemma.

Why are humans so stupid? This is the question James Paul Gee attempts to answer in his book, The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning, (2013). While he focuses on several issues in his book, my essay reflects … Continue reading

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An Ill-Structured Problem

This week in CEP 812 we looked at different types of problems we come across in our profession.  They were categorized in three different ways.  First, Well-Structured Problems, which have one definite best solution.  The second, Ill-Structured problems have many … Continue reading

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Lessons in Application

It has been a month since the end of my most recent class at MSU.  While I have not been working on coursework for the MAET program, I have had a few opportunities to apply the lessons I have learned … Continue reading

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Final Evaluation

After spending the last few weeks exploring the Maker Movement, I believe it is vital to the future of education.  As a Special Education teacher I see incredible opportunities for leveling the playing field and getting kids excited about learning … Continue reading

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EdCamp

Last week as part of CEP811 I got to participate in a sort of EdCamp experience.  We used GoogleHangout to meet up with several of our classmates and discuss ideas that we have been studying.  I brought the topic of … Continue reading

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Universal Design for Learning: One more Lesson Design Revision

When I completed the revision of my lesson during week two I built in a lot of choice and flexibility.  My main focus at that time was to identify which students had or had not mastered the content.  At the … Continue reading

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Experience Design: My Dream Classroom

This week in CEP811 we considered the impact of classroom design on the educational experience.  Through the use of SketchUp I created a representation of some of the changes I would like to make in my classroom. CURRENT LEARNING SPACE: … Continue reading

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EdCamp Resources

Below is the link to my Google Presentation from my EdCamp about the Maker Movement. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15-z3Bfc2WEPuhHlHnZB9PpKqc18rECr-kT3qlC_SYqU/edit?usp=sharing

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Mini-MOOC: Film like a Pro

This week in CEP811 we have been learning about MOOCs.  Contrary to your possible first impression, a MOOC is not the sound of a cow with a cough, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. I have designed my own … Continue reading

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Learning Theory and The Odyssey Lesson Plan

Last week I created a lesson plan that asked students to demonstrate their understanding of the key story points of The Odyssey by creating a board game that incorporated the MakeyMakey kit.  Students will work together in a group to … Continue reading

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