Vicki Davis

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8 Great Email Etiquette Tips for Educators & Everybody

8 Great Email Etiquette Tips for Educators & Everybody

Every email message from a parent or colleague is an opportunity to create a powerful impression. As Kevan Lee says in How to Send Better Email, great email gets across the intended message with the desired emotion. You have to do both. But you’re so busy, how do you find time to craft the perfect email? Use these tips to plan ahead!

You don’t accidentally send awesome email any more than you…

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Make a Mark By Establishing Classroom Procedures

Make a Mark By Establishing Classroom Procedures

I’m not here to just to mark papers. I’m not here to leave a mark in a negative way. I’m in this classroom to forever make a mark on the lives of the students within my care and trust. But to get to the learning, I need to create a positive classroom environment. I have just a few rules but have quite a few established procedures so we can flow, learn, and level up together.

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Extensity: The Essential Chrome Extension Everyone Needs

Extensity: The Essential Chrome Extension Everyone Needs

Extensity is one extension to rule them all. Extensity  will turn on and off other chrome extensions and keep your browser running lightning fast. So, this week in Indiana it was no surprise when I shared it as #1 of my essential tips for Chromebooks.

One way to slow down your lightning fast Chrome browser is installing TOO MANY EXTENSIONS!! My #1 tip for EVERYONE USING CHROME: Install Extensity

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Hey Teacher - You Can Do This!

Hey Teacher – You Can Do This!

As many teachers go back to school, it is easy to bemoan what is past. You could hit that alarm and moan and wish for another day. But I think the best strategy – at least the one that works for me – is to get up and run into the day. Get up early. Get to school early. Drink Your Coffee. Whatever it takes to hit this excitement head on.

I’ve had a fantastic start to the school year with my…

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Ice Bucket Challenge Bellringer

Ice Bucket Challenge Bellringer

I’ll come back and add the video and more information, but the Ice Bucket Challenge gives us a great opportunity to teach digital citizenship and all kinds of great information. I’ll talk more about this later, but here is my bellringer for today in this teachable moment.

My Ice Bucket Challenge Bellringer

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Another awesome chart explaining and helping us understand Bloom’s taxonomy in practice!! Kristin Langley is awesome!

Another awesome chart explaining and helping us understand Bloom’s taxonomy in practice!! Kristin Langley is awesome!

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Kristin Langley lead our PLC this week and made all these awesome charts!! She says she likes stair steps better for blooms taxonomy because of the visual progression and is going to hang this one up!! Go westwood PLC!!

Kristin Langley lead our PLC this week and made all these awesome charts!! She says she likes stair steps better for blooms taxonomy because of the visual progression and is going to hang this one up!! Go westwood PLC!!

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We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, New York Journal-American, Jul. 11, 1961

Can be said about teaching as well. When you no longer learn, you lose your ability to be a great teacher, in my opinion.

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Sometimes losing your job is the best thing that ever happened

TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE EVER HAD AN UNPLANNED EXIT FROM A BUSINESS: Steve Jobs said:

"Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

Sometimes what we see as a bad thing - isn’t. It is an opportunity to pursue what you really love doing. While the stresses of this are unbelievable (my husband was laid off 11 years a go just before Thanksgiving!) it can open doors. Kip and I now see that his layoff was the best thing that ever happened for his career as he got back into what he loves - mechanical engineering - and he rapidly ascended to his current job as engineering manager within 7 short years of joining his current company.

I just want to encourage all of those who are looking for jobs out there or who had unexpected hardships - it is nothing to be ashamed of! Reach out - let others know about your talents and gifts. Share your passions and joys by writing about them on facebook and what you hope to do. Don’t be discouraged.

I know for Kip and I we spent much time in prayer when this happened but learned quickly that it was the WRONG time to mope and whine - get out there and put yourself out there. You don’t accidentally fly to the moon and most jobs are gotten through networking. So use your network.

I just want you to be encouraged to keep getting out there and trying - so many AMAZING people throughout history have had this very same thing happen and live through it to say that although it can be a dark time that it is often the best thing that ever happened to them.

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