Fifty Days of Sketching

Fifty Days of Sketching with #Sketch50 from

Follow my own “growth mindset” as I accept a sketching challenge to improve my art and my message.

Thank you to all Sketch50 creators and participants for learning with me. By sharing our work, we learned from each other.

Thank you authors for the awesome prompts and badges.

Had such fun learning and creating– while learning more each day. From basic shapes to lettering and stick people, improving these skills gives me more confidence to do more. We even were encouraged to try animation. I used both DoInk and Sketchbook Motion.

Want to try: Just join in now at and start your challenge today!

My Flickr Sketch50 Album:

#140WC 2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 410 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you to all the bloggers and tweeters who share ideas that inspire me to consider and to reflect. I appreciate the openness of the education world — those who teach others in their classrooms, online, and through their sharing of tweets, blogs, videos, etc. Learning is sharing, and teaching is sharing. We as humans learn together to make progress. And what without each other, we wander without purpose.  So thank you all, for adding purpose and possibilities into my life, my learning, and my teaching.

Thank you! May 2015 be just as inspirational!

WC: 144

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I took the week off for the holidays.

I want to be better

I want to be better. I know my colleagues do too. We’ve sat around dinner tables together sharing ideas and planning ways to improve our teaching through our many years together.

I want to be better. I saw this tweet from Will Chamberlain and thought it was so important, I retweeted it and took a snapshot of it.

I want to be better. So I spend time reading, searching, discussing, learning, taking webinars, joining groups, and trying new technologies that just might ignite that spark of personal learning for them.  Because that’s where we’re headed: personalized or personal learning.

My summer time on my own is my personal learning, but it is really for my family, my classroom, my students, and my peers. It’s because I want to be better.

I need to be better. I need to be ready.

Flickr CC by Henriksent  Flickr CC By humboldthead Flickr CC By haikugirloz
What have I been learning?  In between grandkids, tweeting, and walking the dog, here are a few of my summer learning projects:
  • I learned how to create ePubs for iPads. I can create lessons for students, or teach students to create ePubs for each other or younger students.
  • I joined Digital Is to learn more about Digital Writing for my reading and writing classes.
  • I joined and participate in P2PU in the Digital Literacy group, again to learn more about and connect with digital educators.  P2PU are sponsoring a presentation created by myself and my “connected educator colleague” Denise Krebs called Extend the Conversation. Denise and I have only met through blogging, tweeting, and Google Plus hangouts, yet we have also collaborated with each other and our students, and are planning for this presentation.
  • I joined and am presenting for Connected Educator Month, which also has an active group in P2PU
  •  I am taking a PBLU class recommended to me by my colleague Tracy Watanbe so I can better implement our Tech Plan with Problem/Project based learning. I’m excited about the project I’m working on because it relates to Angela Maiers #choose2matter project, which I also joined.

I want to be better. I need to be ready, and I #choose2matter.

I know my colleagues have been learning and thinking and resting too. I hope they share their learning with others. And just in case some of you need a quick refresher of what’s happening at Connected Educator Month, here are a few places you can go, courtesy of my  P2PU Connected Educator Group.  Which one will you attend?

Common Core


Web Resources

And here’s a Classroom 20 exclusive: LiveBinder of Free Professional Development

I want to be better; I need to be ready. How about you? What’s  has your personalized learning looked like this summer?

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.