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drspikecook

Elem Principal, Husband, Father, Twitter Evangelist, Education Blogger, ASCDEdge blogger, Coach, Adjunct Prof, Consultant, Presenter. Co-host of @principalcast


Using the podcast to tell the story (273: 365)

I have recently been working with my colleagues at the Millville Public Schools to tell the story of our district. Podcasts have become so easy to create and publish. For instance, I record the videos on Google + which automatically uploads the video to YouTube. Then, I edit the video on YouTube’s editing channel. I [...]

Thanks for the comments (272:365)

I love getting comments on this blog. I especially love it when someone asks more questions that I can carry into another blog post. Recently, someone read my blog post from January 30, 2012. Seems like a long time ago. I had to go back and read the post. If you would like to read [...]

Use animoto to tell your story (271:365)

  Animoto is a very simple website (and app) that allows you to create video slideshows for your classroom or school. All you have to do is sign up (educators are given a special discount), and begin loading your photos or videos. Then,  you are given a song (or you can find on their site) [...]

What is #onemeasure? (270:365)

There is a new hash tag in town… #onemeasure. What is it, and more importantly… why? Well, let’s just say that there are many people in education, and politics that feel the need to judge a school on one measure… standardized assessment results. I do not agree with this, and I know I am not [...]

Positive Behavior in Schools (269:365)

The concept is easy…. reward the students who display the behavior you seek…. hold the students accountable who don’t, and teach them the proper way…. Spend time with all students, and develop a rapport. Sounds easy, right? It actually takes a lot of time and energy to do it right.   Our school spends money, [...]

Another formative assessment tool: Plickers (268:365)

Yesterday I blogged about how Kahoot can assist you with formative assessment. Today I want to continue that thread and tell you about another excellent app… plickers. The purpose of plickers is to provide teachers and students with real-time formative assessment data with out student’s needing devices. Sounds interesting? It is!   Picture you are in [...]

Do you get Kahoot? (267:365)

I was in a 4th grade math class today when I got Kahooted! The students had been anticipating it all class. A few times during the lesson the teacher asked them if they wanted to play… YES was the reply each time. All they had to do was get their work completed so they could [...]

Why do teachers go above and beyond? (266:365)

I have mentioned (certainly not enough but as often as I can) how blessed I am to be working in a school (and district) where teachers consistently go above and beyond for their students. As a principal, I am in and out of at least 10 classrooms a day, not to mention the times I [...]

Genius Overview (265:365)

Here is the presentation made to the staff regarding this year’s Genius Hour. We are starting slowly, but in a few short weeks there are so many awesome projects that will transform our school.   What is your passion? What do you want to transform? Invent?   The sky is the limit.. there is no [...]

Reflections on #NJPAECET2 (264:365)

This weekend about 150 educators from New Jersey and Pennsylvania and as far away as Iowa, Illinois, and Florida descended into New Jersey for the #NJPAECET2 Conference. This event was organized by Barry Saide who developed a team of committed educators to organize the conference.   As the Breakfast Keynote on Saturday, I was hoping to celebrate [...]