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Back to the Basics

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Behind the Scenes
For those of you that know me, you know that I am no where near "basic" and it is kind of ironic that I am writing post about the importance of being basic. But, I have to remind myself that being basic is okay and has its advantages.  


Look at your surroundings... What do you see? Who do you see? What surrounds you? Who surrounds you? Are you surrounded with hype? Are you surrounded with unnecessary stuff? Are you surrounded with frills or gadgets and gismos? Are you surrounded with extras?
Or
Are you surrounded with the basics? I often wonder what the purpose is of all of the not-so-basic-stuff and I am reminded that at some point, I felt that that was a need. For example, I look around my living room to see a flat screen TV.  Is that a necessity? Nope. But at some point, did I feel like I needed it? Yes. However, there was nothing wrong with our box tv. It was still running like a champ. So, why did I choose to make the switch? Was it necessary? What were the …

Ownership

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"Look, Mom!"
"Mrs. Chenault! Check this out!"
"Can I show the class?"
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word "ownership?" This is what I asked my 4th grade students and here where some of their responses... It means I own something.It means it belongs to me.It means it is all mine.It means to have something in your possession/It means to have something you are proud of. As you can imagine the majority of the responses were predictable... however, the last one had a twist that made me smile.  The questionable looks from the peers of the students captured the room as this child responded.  Of course, my first reaction was to have her explain her thinking.  She continued... Well, I know when I am proud of something and someone asks who did this or made this, I speak up quickly.  and when i am not proud, I feel like I want to hide. I know if I am proud or not, if it is mine, I still own it, but there is a difference.   I wish I …

They Are His

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I thought about beginning this blog the exact opposite way (with an apology), but then I realized, I am going to stand strong on the words that are being typed...

My Inspiration
Walking in to another concert... I had the expectation of worshiping a great and almighty God, but nothing more... 5 minutes into a Q and A with the artists I knew this concert was not going to be an ordinary concert.

An audience member asked if there was going to be time for autographs... after the answer that she didn't want to hear came out, she persisted to get a picture signed. She briefly shared her story... The picture wasn't a $5 picture that you buy from the merch. table, it wasn't a picture of her, it was a picture of her daughter with one of the artists, Jeremy Camp. At first, confusion set in... I wasn't sure where her daughter was and why she wasn't with her... then the mom continued to explain that her daughter was in her eternal home.  Being a mom, I was awed by the strength …

The Great Debate: Homework

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In a world being taken over by politics and opinions, I thought I might as well just throw my two cents in!

For or Against?It crazy for me to sit here and deny that I have always felt one way or the other... because I have been on a teeter-totter! Well, I have finally made up my mind! I am going to be jumping for joy and so are the kids!

#boycotthomework! Why? So, today we took a bus ride through our school's district, and I had a couple of revelations...

Many of the students are on the bus for over an hour! I couldn't sit that long! And I was ready for fresh air after an hour!Many of the students outlooks are survival. They are not worried about anything other than meeting their families needs and their needs.  
There the home sat. A shed. One room. But in it, a loving family. A mom and her three kids. Having no wants. Making ends meet. Raising her family.  AND THEN HOMEWORK COMES IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL! Added stress. Failing Grades. Yelling. Extra Responsibility. Not enough r…

Work Hard AND Play. A Look at Small Groups.

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This is the motto in our classroom... It is the motto I instill in my students and a motto I live by professionally and personally...

I am thrilled to be able to reveal to you a GENIUS small group idea that integrates student choice, students being challenged, student interests, AND GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION!

As you are reading through this, I want you to be thinking about how this could be implemented in YOUR classroom...

The majority of us conduct small groups in reading and math... How would you like to NOT be in a rotation and to be able to coach, mentor, and monitor students learning? If so, read on!

Part 1: HyperDocs Change EVERYTHING Last year, I began implementing hyperdocs in my classroom. I didn't know at the time that they were hyperdocs... However, they are a game changer... Check out my math and reading stations below. Of course you can use a variation of this, as it is heavy on digital use. To interact with the stations, click on the links!

Reading Stations

Math Statio…

Taking Advantage of The Chance

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Those... a plural form of that...
That... used in singling out someone or something and ascribing a distinctive feature to them...

Inspiring or Debilitating? A man who is walking to work or a man who is always sitting on the couch...
A woman who is presenting at a conference or a woman who is angered with her kids...
A man who is praying before he eats or a man who is boasting about accomplishments...
A woman who is seeking solutions or a woman who is mulling over a not-in-her-control situation...

#Rebellion

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Featuring Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, KY.



A little history...

Thomas Nelson will begin its fifth year as a school for the 2016-17 school year. The administration and staff has worked extremely hard to create a culture of CARE. They have based their culture on the popular book, written by Seth Godin, The Purple Cow. In his book, he discusses standing out from all other cows and to create remarkable products that are risky and people seek out. They also have embraced the "Yes" mentality, Fly Closer to the Sun, and Fly and Defy.

Points of View

Wes Bradley, the principal at Thomas Nelson High School, brought up the difference between the two terms, rebel vs. rebellion, and I couldn’t agree more from the perspective of an administrator.  

Mr. Bradley stated, I think the idea of being a “rebel” can be easily misconstrued and become associated with individualism. In turn, the notion of “rebel” becomes more about the individual identity and ego rather than a collective effor…