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2018 Tech Tip #1 - Canva

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As the holidays approached, I wanted to do something a little different on the blog. At this time of year, it feels that everyone is a little short on time (myself included). We are trying to fit in shopping, family time, cookie baking, and hopefully still a little shut eye each night. As we approach Christmas break (only 9 and a half days, but who's counting...) I'll be sharing 10 tech tips to help us close out 2018!
Tech Tip #1 - CanvaWhat is it?

Canva has easily become one of my favorite tools because it is so easy to use and makes beautiful products! Canva is a digital design tool that lets you create logos, flyers, and more. I have used it to design stickers, posters, and update branding for one of my professional organizations. It's student friendly, works on computers and runs in an app form on mobile devices.

How do I get started?


Go to https://www.canva.com/. I love that I can login with Google and don't have to make another account. Click "Create a Design&…

St. E 12 Days of Twitter

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Looking for a way to motivate yourself and learn from build a network of educators to share ideas with? Join us for the #12daysoftwitter challenge.

Step 1- Create a public Twitter account.

Step 2- Each day, post the answer to the prompt and include #12daysoftwitter

Step 3- Enjoy meeting new educators and learning new things!

It's that easy! Follow me at @KammasKersch to get started.


What is hard? Yes. What it worth it? Definitely. [Teaching Grit]

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As a classroom teacher, I do my best to teach life-skills in addition to content. I know that not all of my students will go on to be future chemists and computer scientists, but I know that they will all need to know how to work well with others, think critically, and apply creative problem solving. There are some life-skills that seem to lend themselves to being taught through extra-curricular activities, rather than class. Angela Duckworth discusses this concept in her book as well.

This weekend I traveled with my colleague and 7 students to Boston to attend Harvard's Mock Trial Seminar for high school students. Throughout the weekend, I observed my students learning life lessons that aren't necessarily taught during the school day.

Teamwork & Leadership
Over the weekend, the students prepared a mock trial case in 48 hours that we normally would have prepared over 3 months. To make this possible, they had to work together effectively. The students came into the seminar w…

Physics, Focus, and Board Breaking

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This year has been harder than last, but I still love contributing to my blog and am ready to be back at it. If you listen to the "Ditch That Textbook" Podcast (which you should if you don't), then you've heard Matt Miller wrestle with the idea of not giving up when you miss a post or a few, so this is me getting back on the horse. Yee-haw!

PHSYICS Physics tells us that the force applied (F) divided by the area (A) it is applied over is equal to the pressure (P) exerted. What does this mean? This means that less force is needed to create the same amount of pressure over a smaller area than a larger area. If your efforts are focused on a small area, you are more likely to see the results of your efforts.

FOCUS This year more than most other years, I am noticing that I am teaching very tired students. My students are distributing their energy over so many different sports, clubs, and demanding courses that they are not able to give each aspect of their life the attention…

Show Don't Tell - 3 Reasons for Student Study Abroad

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It is no secret that I have been pretty terrible at weekly blogging during this school year. Rather than share my laundry list of excuses, I'm going to own it. Sometimes balancing all your passions is hard, but I'm determined to get better.

When we want to see results from our students, we frequently use the phrase "show don't tell". It is especially common to hear this from ELA teachers when students are working on writing pieces. We want them to show the reader rather than just tell the reader. I am going to take the same piece of advice. Rather than tell you I'm back, I'll show you! You can expect weekly posts coming at you each Monday morning to help you start your week. Get ready, because I have some exciting new content ready to share with you all as I kick off this second phase of my blogging journey.

"Show don't tell" makes me think about why Study Abroad programs are such amazing opportunities for our students. I have been lucky eno…

True Life: First Day Back with Students

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Did you ever watch MTV's True Life? Where they would show the unseen, little known aspects of activities, subcultures, and more. I know I watched it more than a couple of times. This post is going to be a True Life style look at what it is really like to be back for the first day of classes with students, and a few tips on how to make it the best day.

Goal- Students walk in early for class with smiles on their faces, into a Pinterest-perfect classroom.
Reality- Students are exhausted because they haven't woken up this early since June. They start their day frustrated because unlocking a new locker is hard. Despite working non-stop for the last ten days, you look at your classroom and see all the ways it could be better.
Tip- Your day will start the way you want it to. Ignore the imperfections in your room, because your kids don't notice them. All they know is you took the time to set things out on their desk, smile at them, and say good morning while offering to help them wit…

You're a teacher... so what do you do all summer?

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I've been thinking about how to write this post all summer and I think I have finally wrapped my head around it. I am sure I'm not the only teacher who gets annoyed when she hears "but what do you DO  all summer" so I wanted to provide a little insight into what I do.
I work! I'm not sure if you're aware, but teachers are not making the big bucks. I know I am not the only teacher out there that spends time over the summer (and after school during the school year) working additional jobs. Fortunately for me, I L😍VE the work that I get to do. (See post: Why did I become a teacher? Because I was a black belt first. ) I also attend our international conference every year for ATA Taekwondo in order to be the best instructor and martial artist I can be. #lifelonglearner
I learn! I spend a lot of my summer traveling to conferences to present and to learn from others. One of the best ways to get better at what you do is to surround yourself by other motivated people i…