First year update

Well it has been a while since I blogged, almost an eternity. So I thought I’d update my followers on my first year of education.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year. Everyday is exciting and new and comes with it’s own challenges, which helps keep me busy. Throughout the year I have come across a lot of different challenges, some easy to deal with and others not so much.

The most current of issues I’m trying to figure out is how to get around students taking assignments home and googling the answers. I love that students can get help from the internet at home, but most of them just go google a question and copy the answer down without actually trying to understand the content.

I have tried to teach my students how to use the internet to their advantage as a teaching tool instead of something just to copy from. Yet it is evident that someone somewhere will find the answer to a question on the internet.

Is there a secret to this? Or has the internet caused students to become lazy in the sense of their own learning?


Using Your Classroom #4


A really cool picture I found, almost looks like tie-dye. Anyways, I think this is a great piece to use when teaching primary grades about the primary colors, colors in general or even shades of colors! It can also be used in math when teaching area, comparisons and even estimation!

How would you use it?

Windows Passwords

  1. Have you ever forgotten your windows password and even though you’re the administrator of your computer, you still cannot reset your password? It is always easiest to just remove your password and start from scratch just in case you type an error. Thus, follow the following steps and I will help you remove your windows password:



  1. Open the start menu, and locate and click on the RUN command
  2. type in the run bar: cmd
  3. You should get a small black screen that is called the command prompt
  4. type: net user
    1. This will show you all the users and their names for this computer
  5. After you know which user name you want tpe: net user username *
    1. Command prompt will then ask you to type a password for this user
    2. Just press enter
    3. Then it will ask you to enter the password again
    4. Just press enter ….. again
  6. Command prompt will say command completed successfully.

And voila! You now have no password for that user. Do you want a password for the user? Just do the following:

  1. Open the start menu and locate and click on the Control Panel command
  2. Once control panel opens, scroll down to the file called USER ACCOUNTS
  3. Open
  4. Click on the account you wish to set the password for
  5. Click Create a password

Once you are done filling out the new password, you have officially set a password for the account!

Please note that these instructions work for XP, they may vary slightly for other windows operating systems.

iPod Apps for Teachers

Are you looking for something to use in your classroom? Do you need an application to help teach a concept or bring in a perspective?


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