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The Death of a School is Like a Death in the Family

As I begin my second year at my current school, I’m thinking a lot about my former school, a school that no longer exists. After 45 years of educating children in the community, the school closed at the end of last year. I taught there for four years and my son attended for five years. I …

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Connecting and Communicating

As the old sayings go, “Teaching is an isolating profession.”  and “Every classroom is its own world.”  I never really understood those phrases before I started teaching.  How could teaching be isolating when you are around students all day?  Its own world?  There are classrooms of kids right next door! But when I finally had …

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Quest for the 21st Century Classroom

Last year I was given the task of finding a 21st century classroom. Being the geek-turned-teacher I am, I imagined smart boards on every wall and touch screen devices for every student. So we visited a few schools and spoke to their teachers and students. Some had iPads for every student. Some had technology over …

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Educational Technology Is Not About Technology

I’m a technology guy first and a teacher second.  At least I used to be.  I have a B.S. in Computer Science and 12 years as software developer so technology has been my life for many years.  But the last 8 years of teaching and parenting has changed my philosophy about technology.  Building desktop computers, …

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Technology Beyond the Computer Lab

Remember the days when you went to the computer lab to do your class projects?  Computer labs:  imposing places with strict rules and sarcastic, awkward geeks who were supposed to help you instead of making you feel like a total idiot for asking how to print.  I remember very clearly because I used to be …

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Social Media Sharing: A Double-Edged Sword

As a middle child, my life has been defined by sharing.  Most of my clothes and toys were shared to me by my older brother.  I shared many of my things with my younger sister.  To this day, whenever something wonderful happens to me, the first thing I want to do is share it with …

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Geek-turned-Teacher Year 2: I am NOT a Euro-snob

I am NOT a Euro-snob…well, maybe a little. In 2003, I got to do three amazing things many people only dream about.  First, I flew to California and cheered from the 50-yard-line as my beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl. (Thanks to my awesome sister-in-law and father-in-law for making the entire trip …

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Savannah Geekend Debrief

On November 5-6, I went to a conference called Geekend in Savannah.  After going last year and really learning a lot, I went again and here are my thoughts. Straight from the conference program: What is Geekend? Geekend is the annual gathering of the geek tribe in Savannah, Georgia.  Geekend is what you might call …

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Geek-Turned-Teacher Year 2: The Principal

The Principal My mom used to say I could get along with anybody.  “If the devil himself came to Earth, Mark could find a way to get along with him.”, she used to say.  Maybe it’s because I’m the textbook middle child:  the peacemaker who follows all the rules.  Or maybe it’s because I abhor …

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Geek-turned-Teacher Year 2: The Classroom From Hell

The Classroom From Hell I’d heard the story many times:  the principal hands you the keys to an empty classroom, wishes you good luck, and then disappears.  Sink or swim.  It wasn’t going to happen to me.  I’m no fresh-out-of-college twentysomething who had a cushy three-month internship teaching angels.  I was a Computer Science graduate, …

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