“So, how was it being back??”

I know everyone is wondering, musing, and dying from anticipation to know: How was Mr. Graham’s first week back?? In short, it was amazing.  (if that’s all you have time for, there ya go!) In medium, There were a TON of perks to being back in person (duh), and a few cons. Like everyone probablyContinue reading ““So, how was it being back??””

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The Light Is Finally Here

“Today is the last day of Comprehensive Distance Learning — hopefully for the rest of your life,” is how I began our Zoom meeting last Thursday. “You’re finishing one of the hardest things you’ll probably ever have to do as a student.” On the 1-year anniversary of my school being shut-down, I was encouraging aContinue reading “The Light Is Finally Here”

Short Stories From a Distance: The Teacher Has Spoken

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I wanted to briefly change directions with what I was writing about, and I’d like to start telling my audience a few quick stories about things I’ve found funny during the Distance Learning year; I think of it like a mini-series.  Remember the really neat Dictado strategy that myContinue reading “Short Stories From a Distance: The Teacher Has Spoken”

It’s Been A While

An update with the help of Michael Scott. It’s been quite a while, actually. “Who are you, again?” you might be wondering. Where have I been? Where am I going? Who knows, it’s still 2020. Where have you been? Here’s the thing: I have “been away” for a few reasons. Some of the reason isContinue reading “It’s Been A While”

Expressing Distance Expectations For Our Families

As we begin a distanced year, it’s important to gear up for another whacky experience behind our webcams. We have to take into account what went well last year, and what really, really didn’t. My 5th grade team put together a quick presentation about expectations for students and parents. I’m hoping to share what weContinue reading “Expressing Distance Expectations For Our Families”

3 Pros and Tips for Google Forms

The first time I used Google Forms, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I basically saw a purple rectangle in the G-Suite and said, “Cool! I like purple! What does this do..?” Turns out, there are some really awesome features in Google Forms that can fill a virtual need in a classroom: inContinue reading “3 Pros and Tips for Google Forms”

One Teacher’s Reaction(s) Upon Learning We’re Starting With Distance Learning

So, here we are. August has arrived. And with it, the judgment about how the next education year will start. States, districts, and schools are being forced into really tough decisions due to the current climate and complications of COVID-19. While the debate rages on about what’s best for students and society, the fact remainsContinue reading “One Teacher’s Reaction(s) Upon Learning We’re Starting With Distance Learning”

Mr. Graham’s Take On Google Classroom

A few months ago, I doubt the general populace knew what a “Google Classroom” was. If you surveyed some civilians at Huntington Beach and asked what they thought a Google Classroom was a year ago, I bet you would have gotten some interesting answers.  But now, thanks to COVID-19, Google Classroom has become as commonContinue reading “Mr. Graham’s Take On Google Classroom”

1,300 Words On Growing Up With Teachers As Parents:

Intro: Going to school was a pretty fun experience for me. I had friends, played on sports teams, and learned more gooder than some of my classmates; but not as gooder as others. Yet a lot of times, my “school” experience didn’t stop when I went home: I was the son of two teachers. AfterContinue reading “1,300 Words On Growing Up With Teachers As Parents:”