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3 Activities to Get You Started With Google Sheets on iPad

I love Google Sheets and I know you will too! So many teachers I know are not sure how to get started because spreadsheets can be intimidating. Try these 3 activities to get started.

Activity 1- Averaging Scores

Create a new sheetIn the top row label the first three boxes:First Name | Last Name | ScoreType in sample data for 5 studentsIn the bottom row, for student name type “average”In the cell under all the scores type=average(While still in the cell, select all the scores you want to averageAt the bottom of your sheet, click on the tab and rename it “averaging”
Activity 2- Sorting Data
At the bottom of your sheet from activity 1, click on the tab and select “duplicate”Rename you new tab “sorting”In your sorting tab, delete the row with the averages and the row with the titlesTap C and then use the > to find “Sort A-Z” This will sort your data by column C (by grade)Tac B and then use the > to find “Sort A-Z” This will sort your data by column B (last name)
Activity 3- Visualizing D…

Learning Soft Skills Through Competition

This time last year, I posted a Reflection on Vulnerability. I was hoping with my whole heart, that this year I'd be posting on the power of not giving up and finally achieving the success that you hope for. I'm not. Instead, I'm sharing my reflection on how the toughest moments of competition help our young people learn crucial life skills.

As previous posts have mentioned, I have been coaching mock trial since I started teaching. It is one of the greatest joys of my career in education because it provides me an opportunity to get to work closely with and get to know an incredible group of students each year. We spend four months preparing and then have one weekend of competition at the end of February.

Last year, we graduated an incredibly talented group of seniors after having made it to the finals for the first time in school history. The whole team knew the challenge that this season presented, but were determined to make it back to the finals. Over the course of the …

Periodic Table Battleship

A few months back I shared that my favorite game is periodic table battleship on Twitter. I first stumbled across a version of this game when I was researching for activities to do as a student teacher many years ago. Since then, I have adapted the game for my students and my purposes. Here is how we play.

Learning Goals
I use this game as review, but it certainly could be put other places in the unit. It is effective way to get students practicing electron configurations and noble gas notations.

Class Setup
To get started, I give each student a laminated periodic table. It works just as well use periodic tables in plastic page protectors. Each student also needs a dry-erase marker and somewhere to do scrap work.

Game Setup
Each student should set up 2 "ships" on their game board (periodic table). This is done by outlining a chunk of elements. I tell my students to do a ship of 3 and a ship of 4. The elements must be next to each other vertically or horizontally.

Game Play
In Ba…

2020: New Year, New Goals

In 2019, I spent some time reflecting on the previous year and setting goals for 2018. I enjoyed sharing them with you because I think it is incredibly valuable to write your goals down and to share them with others. I find it helps me stay accountable and I love looking back on the progress I made over the course of the year. I have never been fond of New Year's Resolutions because goal setting should not be a once a year event. I am however very fond of taking time at the beginning of the year to write down what goals I'd like to accomplish by this time next year and I would encourage you to do the same.

Peace Out 2019 ✌️

Last year, I said I wanted to bring back #delachat and I am proud to say that I hosted 9 chats last year! We are schedule to start the 2020 chats on Monday. I said I wanted to make moves towards my 6th degree black belt and at the end of December I submitted my application to test because I had fulfilled all the prerequisites. Lastly, I said I wanted to be mo…