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Mari Venturino
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As I reflect back on 2018, I am so excited to launch into 2019 with new opportunities and adventures. I'm grateful for all my friends who are on this life journey with me!

I’ve been putting off writing this post for the past week. I usually love writing these reflective blogs (past year’s posts: 2017, 2016, 2015), but this year, not so much. Out loud, I’m blaming the busyness of ending school on December 21st, then…
2018 in Review
2018 in Review
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Happy #WorldToiletDay! Commemorate this day by making your school a #PottyPD newsletter :) remember, we can learn anywhere! #edchat #edtechteam #GoogleEdu #GoogleEI

One of my hats at school is .2 (one class period) as a Blended Learning Specialist. I work with teachers to do purposeful integration of technology into our classroom. As I try to encourage my colleagues beyond simple substitution with our 1:1 iPads, I’ve…
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Join the #MyRelaxing5 challenge, and commit to taking time for yourself before the end of 2018!

I love a good group blogging challenge, so I’m starting this one: let’s all share out 5 ways we commit to relaxing as we close out 2018. Please share out and tag #MyRelaxing5! Lately I’ve seen a lot of us talking about work-life balance, and how we make…
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I absolutely LOVED Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi! It’s one of those books I saw floating around on the Twitters, and instantly added it to my Amazon cart. Zero regrets. Just the cover alone is a work of art. It’s just gorgeous. And a main…
2018.76 – Children of Blood and Bone
2018.76 – Children of Blood and Bone
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NEW POST --> Getting Started with Applied Digital Skills! It's easy to get students creating and collaborating on real-world tasks. Best of all, it's free!

Raise your hand if you use any Google Apps (search, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc.) in your personal life? It’s as simple as this blog post, which I drafted on Google Docs, and inserted images and links. Or the spreadsheet I created to compare and…
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NEW post --> Metacognition Hyperdoc! This is a great way to get students thinking about their thinking!

This year I’m doing something entirely crazy with my AVID class–I’m going (mostly) gradeless! It’s a bit scary, seeing as I have to report grades each six weeks. So, my solution is to have students keep a portfolio, then reflect on their progress and…
Metacognition Hyperdoc
Metacognition Hyperdoc
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New book post --> 2018.67 - Where the Watermelons Grow #Read4fun #MariReads

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin was a thoughtful MG/YA book! Della Kelly is a 12-year-old in Maryville, North Carolina — she lives on her family’s farm with her daddy, mama, and baby sister. Four years ago, her mama was hospitalized for months…
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NEW post!! --> Be an Ally! -- here's how we, as teachers, can support our LGBTQ+ students at school!

September 24-28, 2018 was an incredibly important week, and I didn’t see much in the EduTwitter world about it — it was GLSEN’s Ally Week! According to GLSEN, “an ally is a member of a privileged group who advocates against oppression. An ally works to…
Be an Ally!
Be an Ally!
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Class Introductions with @Flipgrid -- hear your students pronounce their own names and learn a little about them in the process!

Hear your students pronounce their own names and learn a little about them in the process! It's a perfect way to introduce Flipgrid to your learners.
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Teach students to evaluate their teamwork with #GoogleForms! It's perfect during and after any class activity.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Saving Sam, one of my favorite teamwork challenges. It’s one of the activities my kids talk about all year! And, it’s how we begin our discussion to build our teamwork foundation for the year. In addition to the labs and…
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