10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Payback is Rich or Student Store and More

Classroom Price List

Create a student store where students spend “digital dollars” earned from a variety of appropriate behaviors such as:

  • questions answered correctly
  • first to arrive at class and get started working on WarmUp
  • most questions answered correctly
  • first to seek out resources
  • begin a task without prompting
  • offer help to another
  • take a risk to be the first to answer a class discussion question

What other behaviors do you want to reward?  Leave a comment!

Post your classroom price list with either tangible or intangible items for sale such as:

  • School supplies
  • Assignment “Do Over”
  • Choose “X” amount fewer problems to complete
  • 5 extra minutes the learning center of your choice

What other items should be included on your price list?  Leave a comment!


The Blogger Wears Prada: On Mothers Day

purse04.jpg The Blogger Wears Prada: On Mother’s Day


Order Mom a beautiful organic arrangement at Organic Bouquet. The website also has gifts and chocolate!!!  springtulips.jpg

mothers-day-tea-tin.jpgTell Mom you appreciate her Creativi-TEA, Sinceri-TEA,
Originali-TEA, and her Abili-TEA with the No Other Like Mother Tea Tin  ($11.95)
from the great folks at Kim and Jason.

momcard.jpg While at Kim and Jason, order a Moms Can Fix Anything Greeting Card ($2.00). The Card includes a free Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Need More Ideas? At Your (Mom’s) Service:
Click through to see the plexo


Free Star Wars eBook and Mother’s Day eCards

For a short while, Powells Books   will offer Betrayal, the first volume in the Star Wars Legacy of the Force series free eBook!

Just in time for Mother’s Day (jk)!

Betrayal follows the heroes of the new Jedi order and the second generation children of Anakin Skywalker. It is .  Click here for more details: Special Powells.com offer

Also, Hallmark has new, spiffy eCards just in time for Mother’s Day. hallmark.jpg

Why not encourage early finishers to create an eCard for moms, grandmas, aunties, etc…


Order This Book!

“Inquisitive minds are the safeguards of our democracy, now and forever.” John Barell

And they also may scare us to quivering mush!

Why? Because our perception is that questions may lead us away:

From the “right” answer-
From the prescribed time allotment-
From our plan and our pacing-
Toward a realm where the teacher is not the all-seeing, all-knowing Carnac of the Classroom. carnac.jpg

Thank Goodness! What a Relief!

Realize this and you will live longer and have more fun!

And you will have time to sit down, rest a bit, and read, “Why Are School Buses Always Yellow” by John Barell, Professor Emeritus, Montclair State University. (Corwin Press and Amazon)

Why Are School Buses Always Yellow” encapsulates years of theory into workable practice. I probably would have saved thousands in college tuition loans if this resource had blessed me decades ago! (virtual “Wish I’d had a V-8” moment)!

Barell reiterates that questions signal higher-order thought processing which is the goal of effective classroom interaction and innovation. He reminds us that student questions are the attainment of the highest thinking skills. It is what we trained for people!

Too many books declare WHAT an important concept inquiry teaching is. But, after the studies are noted and the experts quoted, there are very few pages left for the actual implementation: HOW TO DO inquiry-oriented teaching. It’s about time that a book came along that speaks to “HOW” to reach and develop inquisitive questioning.

Barell’s visits to classrooms and discussions with both teachers and students form a dynamic role-play model. You will no doubt relate to the student responses and learn from modeling Barell’s effective inquiry teaching practices. I also appreciate the structure of the chapters. Barell allows space for reflection, an often overlooked phase of learning.

Granny Newlen always admonished us kids to “Learn, discuss, then then get up and move.” She used such a phrase to get us up off the couch for learning-walk where we would tell her what we had learned at school.

Go on your own “learning walk” to the bookstore, online or F2F, and buy this book. 😉


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