Help support my students…

When I was in elementary school I used to love getting book orders. I would spend hours poring over the selections, circling books I might want, and crossing out books that looked boring. Sometimes my parents would buy me one of these books, and there is nothing quite like the experience of getting a new book. The crisp pages, the glossy cover, even the smell of a new book is different. When that book is yours forever you treat it differently. You treasure it a little more and want to read every word on the page.
At my school we do an amazing job of helping support the needs of all of our students. We help locate affordable dental and optometry care. We’ve come together as a staff to provide furniture to families who got their first home and needed a leg up. We also send home backpacks with food for students who may have limited resources at home. However, many kids have never experienced the joy of a new book.
My goal this year is to get a new book for each student that may not have an opportunity to purchase a new book on his or her own. My goal is to get at least 40 books for the students to choose from at the end of the year. Hopefully this will be a program that will continue on for years to come.
Through points from Scholastic book orders and books I’ve personally purchased we have 12 books. It’s a great start to our goal. If you would like to purchase a book to donate to this project please choose one of the options below:

  1. Amazon:
    • Look through the list and find a great book to donate to the class
    • Add the book to your cart and complete the purchase
    • The book will be shipped directly to my class
  1. Scholastic Book Order:
  • Click the parent section
  • Click “connect to your teacher”
  • Enter the code: NNNML
  • Click “see our wish list”
  • Choose a great book to donate to the class
  • Some people who have tried this were asked to type in the name of the child.  You can put “Donated Book” as the name and it should work or you can make up a fake name.  Harry Potter might be a good choice.  🙂

Thank you for enriching the lives of our students, one book at a time.

MACE 2015

When I first started teaching I knew I had one goal beyond the classroom. I wanted to get my Masters degree. Several years ago I achieved that goal by getting a degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University. That was a great accomplishment that I’m very proud of, but then I was at a loss for what to do next. Unless I wanted to become an administrator (which I love administrators, but I could never do the HR responsibilities as well as they do), there wasn’t a clear path to further my career. So I decided the next step would be to move beyond my classroom and school, and develop as an educator on a larger scale (across districts and across the country).
Last week I had the opportunity to present at my first conference, the MACE conference in Manhattan, KS. This was my first foray into presenting what I do in the classroom to people outside of my district. Fortunately I didn’t have to present alone. Chris Buss, Amber Rowland, Ashford Collins-Johnson and I all presented on our research study we’ve been working on through KU. Our goal was less to present about the study and more to showcase practical strategies teachers could leave the conference with and implement right away.
I presented on the PSA projects my students created (as a variation on a traditional persuasive speech), various Flipped Learning strategies I’ve used this year, and how I’ve used Edmodo, Twitter, and my websites to communicate with parents. There was definitely room for me to improve, but it was an amazing experience to present at the same conference as other presenters who have been doing this for years. It was validation that what I have to say matters
I also learned a great deal from the other presenters. I have some ideas for some great apps to use, some app smashing and some new tools to use with Google slides. I also updated my Twitter profile and hopefully continue to gain Twitter followers. Overall, the conference was a huge success.
Now just a few short months until ISTE 2015.
If you would like to check out our presentation materials you can find them at our website: