Blog Round Up

On this page you will see a summary of the blogs that were written by DCSD teachers.

Week 4: April 23 - April 29 "Tips and Tricks"

Elementary

Abbi Lievens, @Miss_Lievens, wrote Stubborn Doesn't Win. "I wanted to prove that I was the best fit for the job. In my mind that meant that I needed to know how to do everything already." Abbi teaches 2nd grade at Jackson Elementary in Davenport.

Sara Holm, @saraholm15, wrote #dcsdblogs - a week or more late. "Believing in your students is the best tip I could pass on. I know that we're all tired this time of year but I am surprised by what they can accomplish every day and want to remember to leave myself open to the possibilities." Sara teaches kindergarten at Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada.

Intermediate

Mike Radue, @mikeradue, wrote My Apologies to the New Teacher. "My advice to new teachers is when you make a mistake and it impacts a student, a parent, an administrator or a colleague…apologize. I find it most effective with students." Mike teaches 7th grade business at Wood Intermediate in Davenport.

Evan Mosier, @emosier3, wrote Mosier's Memos: Advice for the New Teacher. "I'm still a new educator, having only been in the classroom for just over 5 years. But, even though I am still learning, I enjoy offering up some things that have helped (and will continue to help) me be the best I can possibly be in this blog post."

High School

Liz Mastalio, @MissMastalio, wrote Know Your... "My advice to new teachers is that you need to know yourself, your people, and your students. I include some resources, strategies, and philosophies that have helped me in my first years of teaching." Liz teaches math at Mid City High School in Davenport.

District Support / Other

Megan Morgan, @mrsmeganmorgan, wrote Dear New Teacher. "This my letter to a new teacher. It provides support to the challenges teachers face." Megan is a Lead Support Teacher with the TLCS program in the Davenport Schools.

Week 3: April 16 - April 22 "Oops!"

Elementary

Sara Holm, @saraholm15, wrote oops - I'm 125 days behind. The post details her delayed classroom organization for this year. Sara teaches kindergarten at Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada.

Mary Wade, @mary_teaching, wrote What About When They Don't Choose What's Best for Them? "We talk about giving students choice and ownership constantly. But what happens when you do and they DON'T choose what's best for them?" Mary is currently away from the classroom but has previously taught 5th grade at Providence Hall Elementary in Utah.

Abbi Lievens, @Miss_Lievens, wrote It's All Good! "These are all things to think about when mistakes happen. Choose to learn from them rather than to let them bother you." Abbi teaches 2nd grade at Jackson Elementary in Davenport.

Intermediate

Mike Radue, @mikeradue, wrote Mistakes...What Are You Going to Do About It? "Based on the thousands of interactions and decisions we have every day as a teacher, we are bound to make a mistake or two. It’s a numbers thing. Mistakes happen…it’s what we do about them that is most important." Mike teaches 7th grade business at Wood Intermediate in Davenport.

Evan Mosier, @emosier3, wrote Oopsie Daisy! Lessons Learned from many Mistakes. "Making mistakes is natural, but it's how educators respond to them that shows true character. In this post, I admit I'm way behind and have made mistakes this year, but plan on rebounding and finishing as fast and furious as I ever have!" Evan teaches 6th grade ELA/Reading at Sudlow Intermediate in Davenport.

High School

Liz Mastalio, @MissMastalio, wrote Note to Self: "I did not plan our rational functions unit in Algebra 2 very well this year. This is a series of notes to myself for next year on what I need to change and how I might be able to fix a few things." Liz teaches math at Mid City High School in Davenport.

Kim Foley-Sharp, @kfoleysharp, wrote Oops! Living on a Lonely Island No More... "Sometimes we rush to find the answer and make mistakes. Sometimes we think we are the only one who can answer a question. Take some steps to be mindful of your mistakes." Kim is the teacher librarian and Tech Integration Lead Teacher at Davenport North High School

District Support/Other

Jen Van Fleet, @jenvanfleet, wrote Linkathon! AKA, how to find, create, and use links like a pro. "This video entry is all about finding, using, and sending linked resources out to your consumers: students, parents, other colleagues, community partners, etc. As I was making this tutorial video, I had several oops moments including my intro where I completely lost my mind and forgot what episode I was on. Instead of editing out my imperfections as I normally do, I decided to have fun with them this time. I've left my oops-es in all of their glory for you to enjoy." Jen is a tech ed and lead support teacher with TLCS for the Davenport Schools.

Megan Morgan, @mrsmeganmorgan, wrote All Mistakes are Not Equal. "In this post, I realize that I treat all mistakes as the same and I am not better because of it." Megan is a Lead Support Teacher with the TLCS program in the Davenport Schools.

Week 2: April 9 - April 15 "Teachers Learning from Teachers"

Elementary

Sara Holm, @saraholm15, wrote Teachers Learning from Teachers. "Being a connected educator makes me a MUCH better teacher!" Sara teaches kindergarten at Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada.

Abbi Lievens, @Miss_Lievens, wrote The More the Merrier. "It's all about working together. The more passionate educators focusing on one task, the better! Collaboration helps us to keep pushing forward!" Abbi teaches 2nd grade at Jackson Elementary in Davenport.

Mary Wade, @mary_teaching, wrote Connect Where Connection Would Previously Have Been Impossible. "Popping into other teachers' classrooms always helped me find fresh ideas & perspective. Now that I'm away from the classroom, being a digital citizen is helping me to still "pop into" & learn from classrooms around the world, from India to Canada to Vietnam." Mary is currently away from the classroom but has previously taught 5th grade at Providence Hall Elementary in Utah.

Intermediate

Mike Radue, @mikeradue, wrote Never Give Up on a Kid. "Never giving up on a kid means that you have to believe in the potential for all kids. It doesn't mean you can save all kids...it means you have to believe in all kids." Mike teaches 7th grade business at Wood Intermediate in Davenport.

Evan Mosier, @emosier3, wrote Lessons Learned from Other Educators. "I have thought about this post for several days and really struggled to narrow it down to just a few lessons learned. I have been very fortunate to learn a lot from professors, cooperating teachers, and colleagues as I have advanced in my teaching career. This post documents a few of the highlights of lessons learned from those folks." Evan teaches 6th grade ELA/Reading at Sudlow Intermediate in Davenport.

High School

Ron Knapper, @ProfKnapper, wrote What Teachers Learn from Other Teachers. "It is difficult to collaborate as many people don't value the time we spend NOT in front of students. I can only collaborate and learn well from people I trust, and trust can not be mandated nor rushed. The biggest thing I've learned from my fellow teachers is that I can't save all my students." Ron teaches 9-12 TAG at Davenport North High School.

Liz Mastalio, @MissMastalio, wrote You Won't Do This Alone. "The biggest advice I've taken from other teachers, as summarized by a With Confidence song." Liz teaches math at Mid City High School.

Kim Foley-Sharp, @kfoleysharp, wrote Thankful to Learn from Others. "Learning and sharing from others is so important. How are you being mindful in your own learning? Who are you learning from?" Kim is the teacher librarian and Tech Integration Lead Teacher at Davenport North High School.

District Support Staff / Other

Megan Morgan, @mrsmeganmorgan, wrote Seasons. "In this post, I share the advice I was given as an anxious pregnant teacher that has changed my whole viewpoint of my career." Megan is a Lead Support Teacher with the TLCS program in the Davenport Schools.

Week 1: April 2 - April 8 "One Good Thing"

Elementary

Sara Holm, @saraholm15, wrote One Good Thing. "The one good thing was watching my students' engineering practice come to fruition at our local Dummy Downhill contest." Sara teaches kindergarten at Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada!

Abbi Lievens, @Miss_Lievens, wrote One Good Thing. It's her first ever blog post! Abbi teaches 2nd grade at Jackson elementary in Davenport.

Intermediate

Evan Mosier, @emosier3, wrote Reflections of 'One Good Thing'. "Even though I couldn't narrow it down to JUST one thing, I am extremely humbled and proud to be a teacher at Sudlow and in the district. There are a few areas highlighted in this post, in addition to the other wonderful things happening at buildings across the district." Evan teaches 6th grade ELA/Reading at Sudlow Intermediate in Davenport.

Mike Radue, @MikeRadue, wrote Learning is Fun to Watch. "My class is having the time of their lives participating in the 6 week World Explorer program through PenPal Schools." Mike teaches 7th grade business at Wood Intermediate in Davenport.

High School

Liz Mastalio, @MissMastalio, wrote The Pride Bubble. "There's a bubble of pride I carry for my students, and sometimes it gets so big that it bursts and I need to share it with everyone. This is the story of when it burst during an investigation into completing the square." Liz teaches math at Mid City High School in Davenport.

Kim Foley-Sharp, @kfoleysharp, wrote It Is The Small Things That Count. "It is even the small things that we do that students and other staff members notice. We do not need to move mountains to be noticed. Sometimes when we do small things it can mean even more." Kim is the teacher librarian at North High School in Davenport.

District Support Staff / Other

Jen Van Fleet, @jenvanfleet, wrote #techtrynailsdry Episode 6: Working Your Workflow: AKA How to Manage the Chrome Browser. "This episode features 5 one or two step foundational processes that I use on a regular basis to manage my time and work space in Google Chrome. I believe these to be skills valuable to anyone, and I encourage you to share this blog post with anyone who is ready for a boost up in their browsing experience. A special thank you goes to the Davenport teachers who interrupted me during a training to ask clarifying questions about using Chrome, and a thank you goes out to anyone who is ready to take on some new learning." Jen is a Lead Support Teacher with the TLCS program in the Davenport Schools.

Megan Morgan, @mrsmeganmorgan, wrote One Good Thing. "This post celebrates how I take my PLN with me and some messages I want them to hear." Megan is a Lead Support Teacher with the TLCS program in the Davenport Schools.