A friend of mine asked a group of us on Voxer how to rearrange some data. Several of us racked our brains for a couple of days. Just on a whim, I decided to check out Pivot Tables. I've never used them before and honestly don't know what made me try. But it worked!!!! Here … Continue reading Pivot Tables for Google Sheets
For many years now, I've had the twitter handle @MathNeil. I've taught math for the majority of my teaching career. But for the last year, I've found a home in the computer science area at my school. It has been an amazing year. With the support of my PLN, I've been able to provide a … Continue reading Time for a Change
The day isn't over, but our first ever EdcampBranford is done. I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on what I experienced. This morning I woke up at my normal time. But instead of taking time to get ready, I quickly gathered all that I needed and got on the road. Today was … Continue reading My Reflections on Edcamp Branford
Tonight I watched as you reached out to a new chat participant. They were nervous and unsure of themselves. Your gentle support was beautiful. You walked beside them and didn't move too fast or too slow. Tonight, you took a huge step forward. I felt pride in the fact that it was just a little … Continue reading A Silent Honor
Twenty-four years ago, I sat in a church service. The pastor asked how many in the sanctuary actually enjoyed going to work. I was the only one that raised my hand. I was being honest. It was my very first year in the classroom. I truly loved watching my kids "get it". I loved watching … Continue reading Burnout — How I Turned Around
A friend of mine recently told me that she was no longer allowed to let students charge their devices in class. I find this notion a little crazy to say the least. In this day and age where so many of us are connected, being able to charge a device seems like a no brainer. … Continue reading Classroom Charging Stations
My dear friend, Kerry, posed this question on the Voxer group BFC Lounge (see bfc530.com) just a few minutes ago, "What is it that early adopters have that other teachers don't, that makes them willing to try stuff even if they're not sure it's going to work?" Here is my answer: As I look back … Continue reading Early Adopter? Not me…oh wait, maybe I am.