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Years ago when I taught in a middle school, all grades - 6, 7, and 8 - had a full 45 minute lunch period. Half of that was spent eating, and the other half was spent outside. It was wonderful! Over time the lunch period was reduced to 25 or 30 minutes of just eating. No more "free play" as we called it. I was disappointed for the kids, and I saw a change in their ability to "keep it together" and attend to learning in the afternoons. Education as a whole needs to be more in line with what kids really need. 
Go to a skate park and you'll see just how necessary movement is for 12-14 year olds. I'm writing this post during recess. It's not really recess. It's lunchtime. However, for this half an hour, students have a break. They can move. They can play. They can socialize. They can be free.
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We have the same set up at our middle schools. The down side is that students who are pretty well behaved in the morning, suddenly have behavior issues in the afternoon. It's not just ADD/ADHD or boys. They have no time to move, work out their social issues, take a brain break before getting back to work.
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Congratulations, John! We need more folks from the classroom in higher ed for the good of our future teachers and their students. Excited to follow your journey!
After eleven years as a middle school teacher (and a year mixed in there as a technology coach who focussed on ELL), I am about to embark on a new journey as Assistant Professor at George Fox University in Oregon. My major focus will be educational technology and I hope to do so with a lens of ...
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Link above not showing up? See my pics here. When I attended the recent Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Conference in Austin, Texas, I came upon a little booth with a couple of young, hip folks in it who had pract...
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MOOCs for Professional Development - #TCEA15
Notes from MOOCs for Professional Development  Presentation at TCEA 2015 Dr. Kay Abernathy,  Lamar University http://www.slideshare.net/kayabernathy/moo-cs-for-professional-development-tcea-feb-2015-44308825 Lamar University sponsored the MOOC on Social Med...
Notes from MOOCs for Professional Development Presentation at TCEA 2015 Dr. Kay Abernathy, Lamar University http://www.slideshare.net/kayabernathy/moo-cs-for-professional-development-tcea-feb-2015-44308825 Lamar University ...
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My latest blog post. Lessons learned while taking on some additional responsibilities at work.
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The One Where Sandy Takes a New Job
This is it. The blog post where I talk about taking a new job. And it isn't in educational technology. Back in January, I wrote about an opportunity I had to fill a gap while my district was looking for a new communications director. That opportunity eventu...
This is it. The blog post where I talk about taking a new job. And it isn't in educational technology. Back in January, I wrote about an opportunity I had to fill a gap while my district was looking for a new communications d...
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Dogpile makes a comeback! Who remembers that?
February 27, 2015. Search All is a cool web app that allows you to conduct a quick search on different search engines. With one click you can search for the same topic on a wide variety of search platforms that include : Google, Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Amazon, WolframeAlha and eBay.
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Giving Students Voice - #TCEA15
Notes from Presentation at TCEA 2015 Zach Snow, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Royse City ISD @ZachSnow Kevin Worthy, Superintendent, Royse City ISD - @kworthy11  goo.gl/AyNuGf Empowering Students, Shaping the Future - Vision statement that came out ...
Notes from Presentation at TCEA 2015 Zach Snow, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Royse City ISD @ZachSnow Kevin Worthy, Superintendent, Royse City ISD -@kworthy11  goo.gl/AyNuGf Empowering Students, Shaping the Future - ...
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Walking in Someone Else's Shoes
Image Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Agreement Am I the only person who finds it adorable when kids try to wear, and walk in, the shoes of an adult? Often the shoes belong to Mom or Dad. What's their motivation? I've always assumed it...
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Just tried out ThingLink for video for the first time!
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Perpetual Learner | Educational Technology & Communications Specialist | Proponent of Thoughtful, Authentic Use of Technology in Education
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Perpetual learner, Educational Technology and Communications Specialist, and proponent of authentic, thoughtful use of technology in education. Opinions are backed by over 20 years of experience in K-12 teaching and learning. Areas of interest include school communications and public relations, mobile learning, online blended & distance learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and educator professional development. Connect with me on Twitter at EdTechSandyK.
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