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This week's FIVER FRIDAY. 
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Hi All!

 

Here’s your weekly dose of FIVER FRIDAY, a list of what I've found useful or informational this week concerning education.

 

Helpful Google App--

I've been using Google Keep for a few months now, and I really like it. I use it for to-do lists and lists of movies or books I'd like to watch and read. I still use Evernote for many, many things; but I like to think of Google Keep as a to-do list strategy and Evernote as a thinking and creative strategy. This long (but really good!) post explains what I mean.

 

Music I'm listening to--

I've been listening to the Broadway musical Hamilton every morning this week, and it's amazing. Not only is it a true work of art, it touches upon the part of us that wants to make the world a better place. There are a lot of really good lessons you could make with Hamilton if you're a US History teacher.

 

Chrome Extension I'm enjoying--

Friends and colleagues of mine are having a lot of fun with Bitmoji. With Bitmoji you can create an avatar, which can be shared through a Chrome Extension and an app on your smartphone. Many teachers are using it to give students quick and fun feedback--give it a try!

 

Book I'm reading--

I recently read about fifty pages in the book Building Teams, Building People by Thomas R. Harvey for a class I'm taking. Of all the books I've read, this is probably the best for offering strategies to help us manage conflict. In this time of unparalleled change in education, we would do ourselves a favor to become steeped in effective conflict resolution strategies.

 

Quote I'm pondering--

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”--Walt Disney

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