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Students Become PUBLISHED Authors!

Oh, Writing...  Whether you're a new or veteran teacher, teaching how to write is difficult to do. All students are on different levels of writing. Some are focusing on spelling rather than punctuation. Others overuse phrase such as, "and then" repeatedly as a way to transition in their writing. Basically, teaching how to write can be a very difficult task for anyone. That is why real-world applications are very important in writing. I teach Human Rights as an avenue to connect Social Studies, Reading, and Writing. Students must apply the Common Core Standards through projects that focus on Human Rights. In the end, students create high-quality products that demonstrate their learning. One of the ways I did this was creating a published book through Studentreasures Publishing!


What is Studentreasures Publishing?  During my Master's program, I was shown a company called, Studentreasures Publishing. Studentreasures Publishing helps you create a published book with your …
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Edpuzzle & Screencast-O-Matic Helping with Differentiation

Over the Summer, like any other teacher, I didn't stop working. I had a baby on the way and I signed up to teach summer school. I also signed up to help with the math curriculum district team and we met over the summer as well. All in all, I was having another busy summer. Then my principal asked me if I wanted to take part in the Google Summit in early August. I thought to myself, "I need to relax for a bit before the baby comes and the school year starts." However, I wanted to stay up to date with technology and I felt a couple days of training couldn't hurt. I said to my principal, "I would love to!" After the training, I am glad I went!

Edpuzzle is one of the best tools I learned out of many different topics at the Google Summit. In a nutshell, Edpuzzle allows you to use videos, either created or found on websites like YouTube or Khan Academy, and embed them with any questions you want! During the session, while I was learning this, I saw the endless po…

The Time is NOW (To Help Each other!)

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fine day! I am happy to have you read my first post on my website! We are going to help each other do amazing things!

First, Who Am I? 
My name is Michael Sanchez and I am fifth grade teacher in an urban district. This is my fourth year as a classroom teacher (all fifth grade) and sixth year in the field. I am originally from Dallas, Texas and got my Bachelors from St. Mary's University. I also received my Masters at Mt. Mary's University. I eventually made the move to Denver, Colorado where I met my wife, Lisa.  After moving to another state to be closer to family, I became a father this past summer to an almost four month old named Lily.

In regards to my website, this is actually my second website I have owned. About 10 years ago, my older brother helped me set up my first website. I named it after my dogs. I loved the idea of it and it got me interested in technology, however, I didn't stick to it and eventually I gave up on it due…