The Next Page Entry 26: Field trip, a look back

The Next Page Entry 26: Field trip, a look back

girl holding dandelionThe good:
1. Kids loved taking turns at the head of the line AND following my safety instructions. I think they liked feeling the power of the ‘raised flag’ [our signal to stop].

2. Only two kids complained about the ‘long walk’ to the park.

3. The wearing of the gloves– perfect for  a. picking up litter along the way and at the park.   b. pulling back bush branches in their search for colors in nature

4. The diligence in sketching.

5. The cameras: Pics of—

  • artifacts [rocks, plants] that needed to be left where they were found,
  • their adopted trees,
  • their designated study areas for seasonal comparisons,
  • their work groups -they learned how to use the timer function [and taught me]

The not-so-good: The messages awaiting me when I returned. 1. From parents of student I had to leave with Mr. Taylor.  2. From Mrs. Nix.

The Next Page Entry 25: Some intriguing online content…

The Next Page Entry 25: Some intriguing online content…

So, ramping up my tech skills can be a dangerous thing. I’m actually spending time online looking for inspiration and ideas. Mission accomplished…but nestled amidst the creative stuff are interesting comments by other teachers…


“I love my kids, but I’m run-down by the constant documentation and data-drivel I’m expected to produce.”


“We are expected to be eloquent and expansive, but tongue-tied and even muted when it comes to the current system’s problems and challenge.”

The Next Page Entry 23: Overheard in the staff room

The Next Page Entry 23: Overheard in the staff room

“It’s a beautiful day! One filled with sunshine…a temptation to escape to the beach.”

“Ah yes, the ‘other’ white meat…cafeteria hot dogs.”

“The best way to teach angles? Take aerial photos of us walking in from lunch after I’ve asked them to form a straight line.”

“I know I’m off by about four months, but I could really go for a box of Thin Mints from the Girl Scouts.”

Your virtual teaching assistant…

Your virtual teaching assistant…

hands keyboarding on a laptop computer
Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my last 12 years in schools supporting teachers’ work with instructional technology.
Fun and rewarding.

As a classroom teacher for 22 years, I knew the challenges and time constraints teachers faced and I wanted to bridge some of those gaps.

Plus, it opened up some avenues for creating my own content to help them out.

So, why not see if I can help teachers from my home?

And under the watchful eye of my own teaching assistant…

Here is my FIVERR gig page where I offer my services.

I am offering to:

— create curate-compile-and-post digital resources, photo libraries [public domain/copyright-free]

— write and publish short ebooks

— create short tutorial videos, including tools such as the iOS Clips app and Doodly. (Scroll about 2/3 down the page for samples.]

— include art lessons/sample projects offered by my wife, an art teacher in the local school district

— produce digital content tailored for a specific audience [i.e. your students]
— — — slide decks [PowerPoint/Google Slides]
— — — creativity-based activity guides that you can reuse/customize for your topics of choice.
— — — concept lists [i.e. brainstorming lists] Here is screenshot of about 5% of what I usually generate.
— — — end-of-unit culmination collections of your students’ content. [No student names, please. If they slip through, I promise privacy and confidentiality.]