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Dear EdTech Conference Vendor (An Open Letter Rant)

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Lately, I have been reminded of why I typically avoid the vendor area at conferences. I have been thinking about this for quite some time and lucky for you, I’m on a long drive home and can finally hash this out. For starters, I don’t understand your company’s training practices and typically after a few sentences, it is generally quite clear that you have no idea how or if your product really impacts learning, yet you insist on repeating your provided blurb. Perhaps a deeper understanding of current educational practices as well as YOUR OWN PRODUCT sometimes, might be beneficial. …

My Parent Perspective: Motions and Blue Magic Hair Grease…You Are Not Your Hair

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Today, as we were prepping for Sunday Morning service, I stood watching my niece do her hair. I had just arrived at their home after a store run for hair products…a trip that I’ve made many times over the years. I had “a moment” at the store upon finding the one small corner shelf for products meant for ethnic hair. It’s amazing how much of the world is blind to us when we aren’t “in a place” to see it. One shelf…amidst an entire aisle… When my daughter was younger, we had many disagreements about hair. She didn’t live in …

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Conversations with My Son of Typical…While Black

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When the Zimmerman verdict came down, there were days of questions and discussions with my son. He was shocked and horrified that a young man, who looked like him, could be gunned down and his murderer walk free. When the Dunn verdict came, his reaction was vastly different. My son flicked off the tv, shrugged his shoulders and walked away muttering a word that I often use in unbelievably expected situations…”typical”. When pressed further, my son said… “Jordan was black and in Florida. Did you honestly expect different?” That conversation soon shifted to the Stand Your Ground laws and more …

Race, Franklin, Peanuts and Historical Conversations with Kids

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Yesterday, while going through instagram I came across a posting about this image that caught my attention. The posting was an observation about Franklin eating alone on his side of the table. As many times as I’ve seen this image, I’ve never noticed anything wrong until that moment. My dad, a historical aficionado, never noticed it either. This image was a hot topic during our family thanksgiving as it sparked a conversation about history that our kids needed to know. Their grandparents could not go to school with white kids. Playing together just did not happen. Our kids love going …

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New Blog, New Name, Same Me

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A few years ago, I had a random conversation with Kevin Honeycutt about branding during a Region 10 tech conference in Dallas. At the time, my twitter handle was @mathwhiz and so was every other personal account via the web. When I created my accounts originally, they were for fun. I never thought that branding was important! Kevin’s words regarding branding and the importance of owning my name were empowering which is why I switched to @rafranzdavis. Now, here I am on the cusps of a few major ventures and branding has reared its head again. In case you missed …

Lesson in the Storm: When Tragedy Strikes

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Two nights ago, I had a sinking feeling deep within. I can’t even explain it. I heard about the 5 murders in a nearby town, a place where I spent a nice chunk of my teenage years. I remember walking out of the house yesterday right before the news aired the story thinking that I needed to listen or look it up but I didn’t. I continued with my day. Yesterday, I even tweeted about being happy on the way home and the moment I ceremoniously pulled into my mother’s driveway, that changed. I walked in to the house and …

Braeden Teaches: How to Make a Jack Skellington Nightlight

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Everyday that I come home from work, I am amazed by what my nephew has created the night before. There’s always something! As of late, he has been a bit obsessed with the Nightmare Before Christmas movie and we’ve seen Jack Skellington in every shape possible I think. His latest creation is a nightlight. Braeden loves finding and using objects from around the house. For this project, he used some flameless tea light candles that he found. He took them apart and saw that the light still worked and came equipped with an on and off switch. Surrounding the base …

Nap More to Think More

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After experiencing a big event such as DENSI (Discovery Education Summer Institute), one would think that the immediate reaction would be to blog everything, organize all notes and start piecing together PD to share at school. That was not my journey. Instead, I napped…a lot! This morning I’m feeling something that I haven’t felt in a long time…Clarity. In lieu of pouring myself into work, as I normally do, I took a bit of Dean Shareski advice and napped! #napchat On my first day back, I learned that rest is important. We learn & share to take care of our …

How the Twitter DM Saved My Sanity

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We all see the constant stream of messages flowing down our timelines. We peek at conversations that we are not a part of and in a way experience how individuals are interacting. That is the public feed of twitter. What we don’t see are the DMs. For those that may be new to twitter, DM is the acronym for direct message. It’s how you communicate with your twitter network in private….140 characters of texting. The DM is more than just the place where people saw a “video of you dancing”, a “picture of you online” or the “latest great diet …

Dear @KanyeWest So You Want to Change Education?

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While visiting my morning dosages of online news, blogs and such…I was rightfully intrigued by a slideshow of “Kanye tweets” and one tweet in particular took my breath away. Kanye West wants to change the world, which is nothing new at all but with his new company DONDA, he specifically ranted a series of tweets in which he proclaimed to explore multiple facets of knowledge and creativity…including teachers. So of course, I checked Kanye’s twitter feed myself and was mortified by a particular tweet which is included in the image about math needing to stop at the basics unless one …