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Justin Birckbichler
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Choose Your Own Adventure: Active Engagement Edition
"Life is either a great adventure or nothing." -Helen Keller One of my favorite genres to read as a student was a Choose Your Own Adventure book. In these books, you read a page and follow the directions at the bottom. Maybe you would have to choose to ejec...

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Small Group Collaboration in Google Classroom Made Easy
Google Classroom has come a long way since it was first released. In my first year of teaching, I used Edmodo, but I was one of my district's early adopters of Classroom the following year when it debuted. In my opinion, Classroom has been superior to Edmod...

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I Have Cancer: Telling My Students
After being out for so long, I was happy to see I made the "Did You Know" board! I hadn’t seen my students in nearly two weeks and I wanted to get out of the house. I also knew I had to come clean to them about my surgery. As I arrived to school, I met brie...

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Is Homework Really the Devil?
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."   -Lily Tomlin For better or for worse, homework seems to be a highly polarizing issue in education. People seem to think it's either inherently horrible or it's an abs...

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Teachers Don't Have All The Answers
Author’s Note: This post is cross-posted on Justin Birckbichler’s and Mari Venturino’s blogs. The mantra of Breakout EDU is “It’s time for something different.” Breakout EDU is an immersive game-based platform that adapts the escape room concepts of problem...

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Going Fourth Into a New Adventure
"Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty." -Jacob Bronowski Just as I like to close each year with a reflection , I like to begin each year with goal setting. These posts are more for me to get my goals out on paper and to hold me acco...

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Get Ready for Year Two of #FlyHighFri
Author's Note: This #FlyHighFri blog post is cross-posted on Justin Birckbichler ’s and Mari Venturino ’s blogs. Welcome to #FlyHighFri, year 2. In July 2015, we began FlyHighFri as a way to emphasize the positives in our schools and classrooms in an effort...

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How May We #GAFEhelp You?
How May We GAFEhelp You? Do you use Google Apps for Education (GAFE)? Are you a connected educator on Twitter? Have you ever had a question about GAFE and so you Tweet it out only for it to get lost in the abyss of Twitter and never get a response? Or if yo...

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Genius Hour: An Update
"We've managed to screw up the world, but the minds that will fix this are sitting in our classrooms" - James Sanders This past year was my second year exploring genius hour. Because I was able to start it from the beginning of the year, I was able to fit t...
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