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Just set up my first CS club!
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I'm pretty excited to get back to coding on scratch! I'll keep you updated. 
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This post is from Sara @trotter_sara:

First of all, thanks so much for hosting this chapter! I enjoyed reading your blog. Cheers! Rather than answer the questions separately, I have tried to respond more globally…I hope that’s ok. 
I like the comparison of a ‘natural’ athlete and a ‘natural’ learner.  I think that kind of comparison makes the ‘unnatural’ athlete and the ‘unnatural’ learner easier to understand for those who sports or learning come so easily. 
On my commute to work today, I mentally debated the idea of ‘natural born athlete’ and ‘natural born learner’, and I decided that I do believe people are born with a genetic disposition that could lead down one pathway. However, the more I reflected on my experiences and the people in my life, I realized that having an environment that encourages and supports certain behaviors and actions is just as important in developing a skilled athlete and learner. We have all heard the statements, “Oh what a shame! All that talent, wasted.” or, “I am so amazed at how well he/she did on that test! I never would have thought he/she could do that well!” Our assumptions and inappropriate expectations never cease to amaze me. 
Through college, I was a very competitive athlete; however, I learned very early on, not to compare myself with others, but to focus on what was in my control- what I could do to improve my game. I played team sports, so I also learned not to take winning and losing too seriously as it was largely out of my control: I learned to focus on what I needed to do for the betterment of the team. So, not to say that I didn’t get upset when my team lost, but as long as I felt I played my very best; then I was satisfied with that.  With that same thinking, even if my team won a game, if I did not play my personal best, I was not happy. So, it very rarely came down to ‘winning or losing’, but more about my performance. 
But, what every top athlete or student understands is, it’s all in your practice…your mindset, integrity, discipline, work ethic, desire and passion. 
I have mentioned in previous posts, that I compartmentalize everything…and so, to me, every component of my life can be independently asked, “Growth or Fixed?” And, without hesitation, there are some that I can say, “growth.” And there are others that I hesitate, not wanting to say ‘fixed’ because then I am a horrible person ( ). And if I’m really honest with myself, if I don’t hesitate when responding, “growth”  then it’s not a good example of utilizing the growth mindset. To me, the growth mindset comes in to play when times are tough and you have to decide, am I going to face this, or not. ‘Facing it’ is growth, ‘not facing it’ is fixed. And so, it is when I hesitate, when I pause and hold my breath, that I can truly determine my mindset. 
Going back to my neat and tidy compartmentalized life, and focusing on the components I paused on, I ask myself, “Am I facing it or not?” Notice, I didn’t ask myself if I was solving all my problems, addressing all my needs or even if I knew what my next step should be.  I asked myself, “Are you facing it or not?”  Some components are moving a little slowly, but all (ummm, most ) moving, being ‘faced’ to a level that is acceptable for right now; and, based on my definition of growth mindset, ‘facing it’, is enough to warrant a growth mindset.  

Here is a link I found that had some thoughts on characteristics of ‘peak performers’:
http://mooreleadership.blogspot.com/2013/10/character-traits-of-peak-performers.html
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Just bumped into a colleague, who works in another district.  We were having a great talk and I mentioned how much fun we are having on #LivEd and if he could pass the word along.  He said that he would, so I sent along a tha...
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Hello, I'm a teacher from Michigan, and I stumbled on this community as I was preparing a training session on the use of chromebooks, through the blog.  I am excited to learn and share with my colleagues, we are just beginning to grow in our technology use.  Thanks for the inspiration!
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Thanks for joining us Bill - you are most welcome - please jump into the discussion and get involved making where you can!
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I put together a few of our resources for last night's chat on the LIVedChat Blog.  Last night really drew lot's of energy into the chat let's keep the momentum going as we move into summer.
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My family were great Notre Dame fans as I grew up, and they have a prominent sign as they leave the locker room, "Play Like A Champion Today."  I have always loved that, even as I have become more of a Spartan fan than an ND booster.  So much of this post makes me think about that champion mindset.

So how do we be champions for our students and our peers?  Does our appearance matter?  I wondered, and to consider that deeply I have worn a suit twice in the last two weeks.  People noticed right away.  I also noticed something.  It ups my game.  Reflecting on my performance and behavior, I stepped it up many times, and even in my smallest moments.  I don't need a suit everyday, in fact, I may not wear one again for some time, but it made me constantly feel like extending my hand and giving people my best.

I know it's not the suit, but somehow it made me reflect, and I decided to bring my best person out.  I'm seeing my students and my family bring their best person out.  Lately, I am building the courage to do things I never thought possible.  Starting a blog, connecting professionally with talented and well known educators, scheduling a meeting with the superintendent, accepting a featured speaker position at MiGoogle, actually getting up on the big stage to present, and starting a book club, being a Den Leader for Wolf Scouts.  I'm not trying to brag, I just remember times in my life when I struggled to find work or procrastinated for months, felt rejected, insulted, inferior, and let those things hold me back.  I've given up, time and time again, and I may do so again, but awareness of growth mindset and this PLN keep pushing me forward.  Thank you all for all the positive connections and inspirations.  We have all come along way.  Time to focus on the growth that we have experienced and keep it going.

So none of my students are wearing suits or ties, but they are stepping up their game too.  I have many examples of their progress.  One such student would do NOTHING in math. Today, that student had math problems written all over their desk.  I congratulated him when I saw this and said, "Wouldn't it be great if our desks were like whiteboards?"  

After agreeing, I walked away, and when finished, I told the student to watch and I cleaned it off in a matter of seconds.  I stopped.  "I should have taken a picture of that!  Oh well, I bet I'll get another chance tomorrow."
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Come check out the Ten Best Uses Of Chromebooks in Education!   Ryan Horne and myself are presenting at the MiGoogle Conference in Brighton.  This Event is also live-On Air with Google+!
 
*This session is a part of the 2013 Michigan Google Education Conference being held in Brighton, Michigan. Details about the conference can be found at www.miedtech.com*

Presenters: Bill Martin and Ryan Horne
This presentation includes what a Chromebook is, how it can work in an environment with Macs and PCs, and some of its most powerful classroom applications! We will venture into Google Chrome, Chrome Apps, and the many uses of Google Drive. Google Drive can be used for team building, flipped classroom, collaborative learning, and enhanced writers' conferences. Come find out how Chromebooks can inspire your teaching!
Chromebooks: The Ten Best Uses
Tue, November 5, 2013, 3:00 PM
Michigan Google Education Conference, Brighton, Michigan

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Thanks Kelly!  I'll definitely stop by the booth and connect!  I'm getting pretty excited, there are so many good sessions, I'm having a hard time deciding, but I'll be seeing you at the Techsmith Presentation.
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This totally freaks my students out when this happens.
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