School's Out Blog Blowout!

Welcome to the Summer Blog Blowout!
I know you might have been expecting my summer series on Google Apps so I hope you'll forgive me because I just had to join up with some swell bloggers to celebrate summer!

Even though my school is not 1:1 yet, nor do we have Google classroom, there is a huge push to "go digital" and I am trying to figure out how I can incorporate various strategies given our limitations.  There are many opinions on the "flipped classroom" and I have seen it done poorly and seen it done well.  I think the difference is in the follow-up.  There's no way a video can replace a teacher as you can't ask a video questions or have it show you the concept in another way.  That's where a teacher is completely necessary.  However, the engagement with videos and other "hyperdocs" is magnificent!

This book is definitely helpful as is all my independent research on all the Google apps one can use with or without Google classroom.
Stop back by next Saturday and check out Doctopus with me!

My limited-time freebie is my newest Back to School set of plans for Middle School:

This is FIVE days of plans complete with THREE getting to know you activities and craftivities, THREE activities for rules, procedures and expectations, and a great plan for a super Socratic Seminar using the short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury.

Click {here}to get this freebie but only until July 8th!  
All I ask is that you kindly leave feedback!  :)

Ahh, summer...the time when lost arts are re-discovered and there's time to enjoy them...

  I will play, play, play with my boys who are growing before my eyes:  Frisbee, swimming, badminton, riding bikes, hopscotch, going to Disney, board games, card games, science experiments, writing books, making new music...

 I will play the piano more and maybe learn the theme song from the Disney movie "Up".

  I will learn the "Lava" song well enough to sing with my ukelele-playing husband.

  I will experiment with new recipes to make dinner time better next school year!  Maybe some prepare-ahead and put in the freezer kinds?  How about some crock pot meals?

  I will organize!  There are too many nooks and crannies in my house that need attention so tackling one each day will hopefully get the job done!

School's Out Blog Blowout

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  1. Hi Lisa! Your plans for summer sound terrific. Hope you have a great one! Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

  2. My summer plans are to
    1) declutter this house
    2) declutter my files (digital and physical)
    3) declutter my big butt!

  3. I love the LAVA song! Good luck learning it.
    Sounds like a busy summer for you. I'm having knee surgery and our daughter is getting remarried. So I'll be busy.

  4. Our school has limited technology, also, but this year I allowed students to use their cell phones for Kahoot, Socrative, and other educational apps. You may want to give those a try!

  5. Lisa, You stated that going digital is a challenge. I wrote a grant and got $5000 in technology which I no longer use since I have a lab now. However, if you email me, I can inform you of how to get a Chromebook Cart for your class.

  6. Lisa, your freebie looks great! I will have to check it out. Thank you!

  7. The comment about "nooks and crannies" is great! I have a few of those to work on this summer. It looks like you are going to be busy! Adele - Smart Teaching

  8. Thank for joining us. I will be adding that flipped book to my list. Thanks.


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