3-2-1 Note Taking Graphic Organizer

321 Notes STICKERI recently saw another variation on this same note-taking organizer and decided to make one with my own Squarehead spin! So, I present to you (drum roll please…) my 3-2-1 notes graphic organizer! Students will write 3 things they learned, 2 questions they still have and 1 picture illustrating understanding (teacher can specify what they should draw if needed).

Click here to download the free PDF: 321 Notes – graphic organizer

Dress Like 100 Years Old (100th Day of School Idea)

There are tons of ideas out there for celebrating the 100th day of school! Here’s one I recently heard about from a cousin. Her daughter’s school encouraged kids to dress up like they were 100 years old! How awesome is that?!


100 Years Old for 100th Day of School

Have any other awesome 100 days of school activities you love? Share them in the comments below! Thanks!

Winter Pattern Art Project

I recently came across the following picture and I instantly wanted to try making one!

Zentangle by Tiny Rotten Peanuts

I think it’d be even cooler with holiday themed shapes like hearts, clovers, snowflakes, etc. So I played around on my computer and came up with this. If you teach a lower grade class, maybe have your students color a section with a single color rather than trying to add the complexity of coming up with a pattern for that sections. Feel free to try it and let me know how it goes!

Snowflake Pattern Art STICKER

Click here to view the free printable PDF:Crazy snowflakes

Winter Shape Fractions (Beginning Fractions)

Winter picture fractions STICKER

Ready to introduce fractions to your class? Then you’ll need lots of practice identifying the parts of a fraction (numerator and denominator). Well,then consider this freebie! This page asks students to shade in the numerator of the collection. Simple, I know, but it’s a building block in the process of being able to illustrate a complete fraction. Enjoy!

Click here for the free printable PDF: Winter Picture Fractions

Top 10 Digital Trends in K-12 Education (2015)

tech trends 2015 STICKER(My most recent research topic is near future of educational technology? Can you tell by all my posts about technology?!)

Fortunately for students, learning is becoming more and more student centered. This shift, combined with the creation of better and better technology will lead to a number of big digital technology trends in K-12 in 2015. Here’s the Center for Digital Education’s list of the top 10 trends to watch for in 2015:

  1. Personalized learning
  2. Competency-based education
  3. Digital learning outcomes
  4. Digital course access
  5. Blended and digital learning adoption at the local level
  6. Open content and educational resources
  7. Adaptive technology
  8. Badging
  9. Community connectivism
  10. Mobile learning

The full article provides a brief description of each digital trend as well as what is driving/will drive the trend. Click here to read the full article (a pretty quick read).

4 Lessons Learned from 2014 Ed Tech Failures

Tech failures STICKERI recently found an article called 4 Lessons from K-12 Ed Tech Failures of 2014. (It’s good to hear that I’m not the only one who occasionally fails!). The educational use of technology evolves, grows and improves just as the technology itself. But growth does come with bumps and bruises. This was a quick easy read, but in case you’re crazy pressed for time, here are the four lessons shared in the article:

  1. Plan for digital initiatives centered around the learner, not the device
  2. Bring all learning initiatives under the umbrella of digital transformation
  3. Put privacy protections in place for student data
  4. Find sustainable ways to fund digital projects

Have you ever had an ed tech failure? What did you learn from it? Comment below!

Horizon Report K-12 Edition (Educational Trends)

Tech Trends STICKERWhat’s on the horizon for K-12 education? The NMC Horizon Project has published the 2014 edition of their annual NMC Horizon Report to answer these questions for you! The NMC Horizon Project, established in 2002, is a comprehensive research venture that identifies and describes global, large-impact key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies in education. Below is an outline of the report. If you see something interesting, click on the links at the bottom to learn more!

 Key Trends Accelerating K-12 Ed Tech Adoption

Fast Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in schools over the next one to two years
Rethinking the Roles of Teachers
Shift to Deep Learning Approaches

Mid-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in schools within three to five years
Increasing Focus on Open Content
Increasing Use of Hybrid Learning Designs

Long-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in schools in five or more years
Rapid Acceleration of Intuitive Technology
Rethinking How Schools Work


Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Ed Tech Adoption

Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities
Integrating Personalized Learning

Difficult Challenges: Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive
Complex Thinking and Communication
Increased Privacy Concerns

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
Competition from New Models of Education
Keeping Formal Education Relevant


Important Developments in Technology for K-12 Education

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
Cloud Computing

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Games and Gamification
Learning Analytics

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
The Internet of Things
Wearable Technology


Click here to view the preview of the report (11 pages).

Click here to read the full report (55 pages).

2014 in Review: Annual Stats Update

As this year comes to a close, I’m reflecting on the growth of my blog for this year. I’m beaming with pride as I announce that I hit 1 million views this year! I’ve had a blast sharing ideas and learning more about the *addicting* world of blogging! Thank you to everyone who has read, shared, commented and supported my blog!

Here are some year-end statistics:

The top referring sites in 2014 were:

  1. pinterest.com
  2. bloglovin.com
  3. facebook.com
  4. urlopener.com
  5. collegereadycoach.com

Total views to date: 1,118,028 views

Day with the most views: November 28 (8,865 views)

These are the posts that got the most views in 2014:

  1. Aesop’s Fables Collection (free worksheets) published 
  2. 30 Most Important Classroom Procedures published 
  3. Blank Timeline Printables published 
  4. Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED published 
  5. Are Basic Math Facts Worth Teaching? published