Announcing the Innovative Catalyst Grant Themes for 2018-2019. This year there will 3 mini-grant opportunities to grow innovative practices within your classroom.   Each mini grant can be awarded for up to $1500 with a total of $7000 being awarded for each opportunity.   We encourage you to reach out to your instructional coaches as you begin…
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September 4, 2018 0

Help! I need a digital turn-in bin!

I need a Digital Turn in Bin! As we utilize technology more and more in the classroom we can sometimes find our inboxes being slammed with student work that we don’t really want in our inboxes.  Students using google docs often “share assignments” directly with their teacher and they move on with their day. Meanwhile,…
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September 27, 2017 0

Teacher Super Power: Reading Student Minds

Unleash your teaching superpower… mind reading Any good doctor would never rely on autopsies to cure sick patients.  What good is checking your patients after they are cold on the examination table?  In a similar fashion, good teachers do not wait until it is too late to assess their students’ level of understanding. This is…
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September 18, 2017 1

I Remember

Today, we have another guest blogger. Jocelyn Burlew is a talented member of Team Character at Mason Intermediate School. In this post, she reflects back on how students may be going through tough times that may be quite invisible to teachers. She emphasizes that teachers building relationships can do much to help those students out.…
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September 18, 2017 4

Get Them Out of There! How I Achieve Email Inbox Zero

According to Gmail Meter, I get just over 100 emails per school day. That’s a lot of email to keep up with! Those emails range from simple requests for technical assistance to requests for Reflective Planning appointments before a teacher tries something new in a lesson and every level of engagement in between and beyond! I…
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September 9, 2017 0
Live Sketchnotes w/ Aaron Roberts

Sketchnoting at #MLS17

Wow! What an experience the entire #MLS17 conference was. With nearly 900 individuals experiencing the conference, we could probably have at least that many blog stories. I hope everyone learned something, walked alway energized, and is ready to start the school year. As you may know, I spent the conference organizing presenters and sessions, running…
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August 21, 2017 2
Classroom Management in the Digital Age

Classroom Management in the Digital Age

For our last summer guest blog post, Mason Middle School Spanish Teacher Lauren Richardson shares her experience of reading Classroom Management in the Digital Age by Heather Dowd. Lauren’s reflection was originally posted to her own blog, which can be found here. –editors Nothing scares a teacher more than change. For me, this looked like…
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August 3, 2017 0

MLS17 Mid-Summer Update

Good afternoon! We hope everyone is having a relaxing Best Summer Ever! We wanted to send out a few PD reminders.   Check out for blog posts throughout the summer. (You can also Subscribe to the blog to get updates via email! – Click the Blog button on the top right. Then choose to…
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July 14, 2017 0

Ready to Teach Like a Pirate!

Note: Sarah Boselovic is a guest blogger for our #MasonLearns blog. Sarah is another teacher who believes that you have to read to lead. She dove into the hot book Teach Like a Pirate. Ms. Boselovic is about to enter her third year of teaching. This coming school year will be her second year teaching…
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July 13, 2017 3
Learning Personalized Book header

5 Ways to Incorporate Personalized Learning into Your Classroom Next Year

This year I read the first “textbook” I truly enjoyed. It’s a professional development book called Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom by Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis and Diane Ullman. It’s really, really great. Trust me… I’m an English teacher!

June 24, 2017 0