#nablopomo #nablopomoed Blog A Day 29 Recipe for Learning

#nablopomo #nablopomoed  Blog A Day 29 Recipe for Learning


Recipe for Learning


1+ ideas

5 cups motivation

2 cups inspiration

3 1/2 cups conversation

2 cups research

1/2 cup clarification

1/2 cup feedback

Pour in the motivation and inspiration. Add the conversation. Stir in the research. Check for clarification. Add another 1/2 cup feedback still needed. Remix. Research. Rehash. Replay.

When ready, display and share so someone else can add their ingredients to your idea(s).


#nablopomo #nablopomoed #openspokes Day 28 Thankfulness


#nablopomo #nablopomoed  Blog A Day 28 Thankfulness…


… Thankfulness. Today I’m thankful for time to spend with my family — almost out the door for a wonderful visit — and for time to thank my PLN (most can be found on twitter here ) and colleagues for a wonderful 2013.


I’d especially like to thank the Fellowship of Open Spokes for their inspiration this year. I’ve lacked the time to participate much this fall, but plan to jump in again now that our school focus and requirements have been fine-tuned.




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#nablopomo #nablopomoed Blog A Day 27 Singing

#nablopomo #nablopomoed  Blog A Day 27 Singing…



Singing heals.

Now that probably isn’t a proven fact, but there are people working on that. I discovered AIRS: Advancing Interdisciplinary Research into Singing, one of whose themes is singing and health. Music therapy helps patients restore their spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health, according to Laurel Young, one of the AIRS researchers.

Stacy Horn found studies showing singing decreases feelings of depression and loneliness.

And although meta-data analysis of many music related research studies found flaws in methodology, SLATE still reports that singing makes us happy.


I can’t sing, but I do. I love listening to those who can: how do they do that? And I know that singing makes me feel better.

So. As the holidays come and into the blues of winter, be sure to find time to sing: chase those blues away!



Hayes School of Music; Appalacian State University: Middle School

Sight Singing Originals (North Carolina)

Music Education Lessons from TeAchnology

Chaos Minute in Middle School by Dale Duncan

Tuesday Music Elementary Lessons

Peter Yarrow’s Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh At Me

Raffi on Pandora

Raffi: Tweet Me Right


#nablopomo #nablopomoed Day 25 Connections

#nablopomo #nablopomoed  Blog A Day  25 Connections

Aren’t you amazed that with technology, our lives are so interconnected?


Create your own mind maps at MindMeister

Have you ever viewed the information about Connectivism and Connected Learning?

We are social creatures, and today the ideas we share can be found and adapted by any one with a connection.

Have you discovered not just connections, but also serendipity–  the discovery of connections when not looking for them?  Lic. María Fernanda Arenas wrote a post about this in 2010 which more carefully explains it from her lens.

For me, I am always so amazed when I’m looking for something, and while perusing my Twitter, something pops that helps with that issue. One example is the discovery of Tracy Watanabe’s post on Depth of Knowledge for the Common Core State Standards. As I plan for implementation of the CCSS and create action plans for our Academic Coaches, I contemplated the shifts in thinking with the CCSS. Tracy’s post helped me think it through, provided an example of excellent professional development which I wrote about. I find these serendipitous events happen many times, and isn’t it grand?

Connections also occur while I’m writing as well for NaNoWriMo.  As I create my world in my novels, my characters and their events and props connect in various ways throughout my writing as the ideas flow.  It’s hard to explain, but as I continue one chapter, something happens that connects the character to another and then sets the stage for the future.

Or perhaps I’m just an optimist and expect to find the connections… because, as we know, we get what we expect!

How do “connections” work in your life?


#nablopomo #nablopomoed Blog A Day 24 If only Professional Development

#nablopomo #nablopomoed  Blog A Day  24 If only…

… all schools would learn this model, presented in this post, and the comments, by Tracy Watanabe


  1. They respect teachers by empowering them to solve the issues regarding the school’s vision through teacher-led Instructional Rounds.
  2. They consider the shift in instruction required by the Common Core State Standards  and focus on project based learning.
  3. They provide the time and resources needed for collaboration to build a culture of learning for students and staff.

If you have read any of Daniel Pink’s work, you will recognize his research shining through Apache Junction Unified School District’s vision and work:

“The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”

“the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose”

Tracy’s school district is building a caring, trusting, professional learning community in a shared purpose through autonomy to reach mastery.

I’m sure it’s not always easy; I’m sure there are struggles, but the community will work out the issues together.

If only…