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From Stuff That's Spiffy - April 18, 2017
So it's my last day of Spring break and I am...take a guess.  Sitting on a beach? Camping? Kayaking? Reading? Having lunch with a friend? Nope.  No...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - March 24, 2017
Every school year I proclaim myself to be the "Spiffy Google Queen"...secretly I know the kids love it when I do this, as I do it with much flourish a...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - September 21, 2015
I'm getting ready to share a bit about student blogs and I wanted some input from my Twitter PLN.  So, this morning I tweeted this; "I need some fodd...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - July 02, 2015
I made some big changes this year and it's time to think back and evaluate.  The biggest change that I made was I ditched ALL desks...even the teache...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - May 10, 2015
...are we still teaching our students the same way WE were taught?I know...because it's comfortable.  It's what we know.  It's how most of us were t...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - April 12, 2015
I just discovered this really cool thing called "Vine"!  Now, I'm positive some of you are thinking, "DUH! Where have YOU been, Elise?".  For all y...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - March 23, 2015
I consider myself pretty "Googley". Last summer†I went to Google headquarters in Mountain View for a Google Maps training, I have a Google backpack (...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - March 28, 2017
So I got talked into leading a couple of sessions at a district PD next week. Easy-peasy.  Make a couple of screencasts, make a slide presentation a...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - September 29, 2016
One of the things I seriously SUCK at is allowing my 2nd and 3rd graders (yes...I have a combo this year) time to reflect and think about their thinki...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - September 06, 2015
As my new 3rd graders walked into the "Learning Lounge" on the first day of school, they heard music playing (my favorite Pandora station is called "...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - July 02, 2015
Have I mentioned that I LOVE Google Apps For Education?  We are a GAFE district and by the end of the school year,  my 3rd graders were so proficie...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - April 29, 2015
I have to say that my 3rd graders are pretty spiffy when it comes to tech. They each have an Acer netbook and can whip out a Google doc, drawing or sl...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - April 10, 2015
Really?  That's it?  That's the ?whole? definition of "status quo"?  Five tiny little words?  And you can tell that the dictionary tried to "spiff...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - March 19, 2015
Should each student be treated exactly the same?   This is one of my third graders explaining a project to her parents during her Parent/Teacher Con...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - March 26, 2017
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From Stuff That's Spiffy - January 27, 2016
I remember during my first years of teaching being shocked at how little control teachers had over what happened in their own classrooms.  It didn't...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - August 14, 2015
I'm not a huge blog reader, I'm a little "attention challenged" and I usually just read what happens to catch my eye while perusing Twitter; but Pern...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - July 02, 2015
Frying eggs is one of those things that I suck at!  It's a relatively simple thing to do but I just suck!  I took this picture right after I slippe...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - April 21, 2015
Here is another way my students use their Googly-ness...they create Google drawings to show their understanding of a math concept.We have been working...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - April 01, 2015
No, not that kind of "playing the field"!  I mean websites and in particular, Math websites.  There are a TON of them out there!  Just do a google ...
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From Stuff That's Spiffy - November 20, 2015
My grade level held a Native American Parent night last night.  Our students made Native American projects and we displayed them for the parents to c...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - July 14, 2015
I get these harebrained ideas sometimes and then like a ding-dong...I TELL someone about those ideas!  This time I told my district's tech director, ...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - June 07, 2015
Now I know what you're going to say!  And no, I'm not crazy or going against my anti-homework opinions.  My 3rd graders have been chosen to pilot a ...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - April 16, 2015
I've just discovered this really spiffy website, called Formative.  With Formative, you can very quickly create quizzes for your students.  The w...
From Stuff That's Spiffy - March 26, 2015
I am very fortunate to teach in a district where getting devices in the hands of students has been a priority. We've had many visitors touring our di...