Catching Up and Leading the Way


The pineapple was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 in the Indies and brought it back to Europe with him. The native South Americans specifically from Brazil and Parguay were responsible for the pineapple reaching the Caribbean. The Spanish explorers are credited, however, for introducing it in Hawaii by way of the Phillipines and was first commercially cultivated via pineapple plantations in the 19th century. The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality. It is said to have some medicinal purposes such the ability to be used topically for removal of warts or as an anti-inflammatory. It's a delicious addition to many dishes. It can be used as a meat tenderizer. It can be found in jellies, jams, cake, ice cream. It can be found on top of pizza, salads, or in many other delectable dishes. The pineapple got its name from the Europeans because of its resemblance to the pinecone. According to Wikipedia, "The fruit of a pineapple is arranged in two interlocking helices, eight in one direction, thirteen in the other." The structure of the pineapple follows the natural order of nature known as the Fibonacci numbers.


Teacher QuickSource


Power On Texas

Texas Education on iTunes U

The Joy of Technology Integration

EDUCATION IS AN APPLIED FIELD - There must be a connection between learning and practice.

Learning is not stationary nor should curriculum. Will Rogers said, "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get hit if you just sit there."

This wiki is intended to assist you, the teacher, with the growth and development necessary to meet the instructional requirements and expectations of the 21st Century.

Learning looks different in today's classroom. Learning is student centered designed to meet the student where they're at. Teaching is a vocation of greatness. Vocation comes from the Latin term, "vocare", which means to call. Why did you become a teacher? Teachers must be reflective and responsive. Paulo Freire writes in his book, "The Pedagogy of Freedom - Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage", that teachers must take their own education seriously least they lose the authority their position represents. Alfie Kohn in his book, "The Schools Our Students Deserve", educators have prescribed to the Listerine Theory too long; it tastes awful, but it's effective. It's not effective. Worksheets don't grow dendrites. Learning is multi-dimensional. We are multi-dimensional. Marzano says those teachers who rely on technology greatly expand the pool of resources for student learning. Technology pollinates learning. It is my goal that 80% of all instruction be supported by technology.


"Remember all those neat worksheets you did when you were a kid? Neither will your students. Be engaging!! Dr. Joe Clark via Twitter 7/2012

Marzano's 7 Categories of Technology:

  • word processing applications
  • spreadsheet applications
  • organizing and brainstorming applications
  • multimedia
  • data collection tools
  • web resources
  • communication applications

Marzano's Four Planning Questions:

What will students learn?
  • setting objectives
Which strategies will provide evidence of learning?
  • providing feedback
  • providing recognition
Which strategies will help students acquire and integrate learning?
  • cues, questions, and advance organizers
  • nonlinguistic representation
  • summarizing and notetaking
  • cooperative learning
  • reinforcing effort
Which strategies will help students practice, review, and apply learning?
  • identifying similarities and differences
  • homework and practice
  • generating and testing hypothesis

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Reading Material:

Professional Development:

Great Expectations
Frontier Public School
Howe Public School
Professional Developmen

Educational Platforms for Student Learning and Teacher Learning

Classroom 2.0

LiveBinder Oklahoma Social Studies


Plinky (Writing Prompts)

Documenting and Sharing Professional Growth

Evernote LiveBinder
Evernote for Portfolio

Google Sites

Google Lesson Plans

Read Well
Voyager Cambium Learning Video Link
Literacy First
My Data Firs
Phonics Dance

iPads for Differentiated Reading Instruction

Developing Students into Expert Readers

Reading Is Thinking Blog
Literably online leveled oral reading assessment (with built in microphone)

Transforming the Classroom With the iPad

Wireless Mirroring With The iPad - Tony Vincent's Blog "Learning in Hand"
iPads in the Classroom - Tony Vincent's Blog "Learning in Hand"
When I Say iPad, You Say KaChow!
iPad Resources Wiki
How I'm Using The iPad In My Classroom

Project Based Learning - Tony Vincent's Blog "Learning in Hand"
Sold Out! Make Another Selection

Curriculum Mapping


Math Wiki
Rocket Math

Math Train TV - We retain approximately 90% of what we teach others - Piaget
ToonDoos -
Ashley Garner's Math Videos on Vimeo

Singapore Math

IXL Math
Moving With Math
Math Emporium at Virginia Tech
Math Wiki
Math PB Wiki for 6th grade
Pattern Block Lessons From Learn2Learn2Day Blog
Pacing Guide Grades 3-5 Bridges in Mathematics from The Math Learning Center
Bridges in Oklahoma with free practice books by grade level
CCSS Bridges in Math
Math Lesson Plan Index by math standards from Learn2Learn2Day Blog

ST Math and JiJi
Learning Focused Classroom

Google Apps in Education

Google ChromeBooks - No One Even Notices the Technology
Google Search Education with lesson plans

Teaching With Google Forms by Anjali Bhasin
Google Search and Lesson Plans
Google Hangouts
Google Lesson Plans

YouTube for the Classroom


Skype In The Classroom
Skype and Wikis In The Classroom
Classroom 2.0
My e-Coach

Statutory Requirements

Marzano and Common Core
Marzano and TLE
Common Core State Standards
Common Core Essentials and Resources via Posterous Blog
The Shift to Common Core article from Reading Rockets
Mentoring Minds CCSS

Cross Walk - Kentucky State Department of Education

Common Core State Standards Kansas Timeline in LiveBinder

Tulsa Model TLE