Leah's Thoughts

posted Aug 2, 2017, 11:15 AM by Leah Stern

I have enjoyed learning about the different ways to use technology in the classroom and to help get our students ready for the future.  Now my questions to self are, "What apps will serve my students the best?  How will my students learn to use the apps?  Which apps will be most motivating for my students and their learning? 
I love the concept of let them learn and explore and teach others.  Some of my second graders last year loved figuring something out and then showing everyone else.

Validation for Teaching 21st Century Skills

posted Aug 2, 2017, 11:10 AM by Jodi Burling

In the last few years, teaching 21st Century Skills has become a primary focus in education. Also known as the four Cs, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity are becoming more and more integrated into our daily teaching routines. Activities like BreakoutEDU, Hour of Code, Mystery Skype and MakerSpace have grown in popularity as our profession searches for innovative ways to incorporate the 21st Century Skills into the classroom.

In attending the Best Prep Technology Integration Workshop this week I was able to hear and see first hand how valuable these skills are to business leaders. Our day started with a panel discussion with business leaders from four large cooperations. Through this discussion we learned what employers are looking for, what young people bring to the workforce, and what skills we should focus on to best prepare our learners for success in the real world.

Employers are looking for employees who can participate in face to face communications, able to handle personal conflicts effectively and respectfully, accept and grow from all feedback, able to share the how of what they learned and accomplished not just the what, and the ability to collaborate with teams. The panel shared they find students today come to them with a willingness to be challenged, ability to flexible and agile when it's time to move on or make a change, able to quickly adapt to new platforms for communication, and a willingness to change paradigms.

Aside from today's panel discussion, all participants in the Technology Integration Workshop participated in a job shadow experience. I was able to spend the afternoon shadowing the Director of Technology at Anchor Bank. Through team meetings and a tour of the office areas, I was able to see collaboration among team members that involved critical thinking and purposeful and respectful communication. The variety in their workspaces showed how collaboration and creativity is valued when working on projects. The department I was in had a SCRUM room that is used for project planning and management. This room had whiteboard paint on the walls which were covered in writing, diagrams and post-its. The writing and post-its also covered the large windows of the room.

The panel and job shadow experience was an incredibly validating experience. I was able to see how these skills are truly valued and necessary for success in today's workforce. In addition to attending keynotes, discussion panels and participating the job shadow opportunity, we  are given time to create a lesson with support from technology integration specialist. The 21st Century Skills Project is my focus during this time. My goal for this year is to help provide all teachers with innovative ways they can truly integrate (not add) 21st Century Skills into their current teaching plan. During this week I am working on enhancing and refining the project in order to provide a comprehensive and valuable resource for our district.

-Jodi Burling

Thank You Target

posted Aug 2, 2017, 9:02 AM by Don Hettinga   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 9:06 AM ]

The job shadow yesterday was fantastic! Thank you to the folks at Target for making it such a great learning experience!

Ask Questions

posted Aug 2, 2017, 8:43 AM by Robyn Lampert

Nancy from Target this morning made a great point about questioning.  She pushed that questions are always evolving and growing, encouraging us to broaden our thoughts on a topic rather than narrowly focus on what we think the right answer will be.  Teaching students how to ask questions and stick with asking rather than jumping into question/answer solutions is important.

Day three!

posted Aug 2, 2017, 7:14 AM by Paul Kraimer   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

Great start to the day!

WL Standards

posted Jul 31, 2017, 12:33 PM by Angela Butler

World Language Standards


Standard 1.1:  Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Standard 1.2:  Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

Standard 1.3:  Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.


Standard 2.1:  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

Standard 2.2:  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.


Standard 3.1:  Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

Standard 3.2:  Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.


Standard 4.1:  Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

Standard 4.2:  Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.


Standard 5.1:  Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

Standard 5.2:  Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

UST Welcome

posted Jul 31, 2017, 12:11 PM by Technology Integration Workshop

This morning Colleen Sauter shared insights from her role in working with the business community. Check out her slide deck to refresh yourself on her insights;

So proud of my Luverne peeps!

posted Jul 31, 2017, 12:01 PM by Susan Beers

I am very proud of all of my Luverne peeps for making the trip and commitment to attending the this fabulous workshop! You guys are awesome! Here's hoping we have air conditioning tonight!

How Technology Gets Us Hooked

posted Jul 31, 2017, 11:56 AM by Carl Anderson

Today's keynote presentation make me think of this recent article in The Guardian on how tech companies prey on our psyche to get us hooked on their products.  Over time this erodes our ability to hold attention. 

It also made me think about how many executives at these Silicon Valley companies send their own children to low-tech Waldorf schools. Do these tech executives know something about their product we don't?

It also make me think about data analytics and all the data mining that is happening with games and social platforms and how that data is being used to influence us.

YouTube Video

Citing talents and passions in self and others

posted Jul 31, 2017, 11:47 AM by Diane Robinson

Hello everyone!  Is anyone doing a lesson/unit on citing passions and talents in self and others and turning these discoveries into mission statements?

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