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The Golden Apple Academy of Fellows has created blogs for teachers written by teachers.  The articles address relevant topics in education, best practices, and ideas to improve teaching and learning.  If you have an idea for a blog, please send to Pam at pam@goldenapplenm.org

Ask Not What Your School Can Do For You; Ask What You Can Do For Your School

Ask Not What Your School Can Do For You; Ask What You Can Do For Your School

---By Christine Beverly, Golden Apple Fellow 2008 & Golden Apple Academy Chair--- Public school. Most people think public schools are just paid for by their public tax dollars. Full stop and end of discussion. The word “public” does, indeed, mean funded by taxpayer dollars. However, it also means that the taxpayers have ownership. And with ownership comes responsibility. We all know that owning...

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A Batch Of Cookies

A Batch of Cookies

---by Cheryl Leung, Golden Apple Fellow---   The aroma of freshly baking cookies filled the kitchen. The timer buzzed and I reached into the heat of the oven to pull out a pan of giant chocolate chip cookies. As I placed them on a rack on the counter to cool, I played with patterns – a row of two cookies, a row of three cookies, and another row of two – and I smiled. Like all things, these...

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An Unexpected Gift

An Unexpected Gift

---by Cheryl Leung, Golden Apple Fellow---   While remote learning certainly presents many challenges, it has offered me an unexpected gift.  It is a gift of great worth that came as a complete surprise.  Having done remote learning in the spring semester, I thought I knew what was coming. I could not have been more wrong. When remote learning started in the spring, I had long-standing...

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Why Robots?

Why Robots?

---by Cheryl Kerby, Golden Apple Fellow---   When I was first approached about starting a Robotics Club for our school, I never dreamed how it would evolve and couldn’t imagine the impact it would have on my students.  It began because Intel offered $500 per school to begin this journey.  After some basic training and realizing the students generally knew more than I did, I was hooked!  ...

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A Peek Into Pt – A Math Activity

A Peek into PT – A Math Activity

---by Cheryl Leung, Golden Apple Fellow--- “When will I ever use this?” Instead of giving students a litany of ways they will use math in the real world, it can sometimes be more powerful to let them actually experience how math comes into play in very real ways in the real world. My daughter, Dr. Anne Leung, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and an adjunct professor at Arcadia University, designed...

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Teaching Science From A Distance

Teaching Science from a Distance

---by Chris Speck, Golden Apple Fellow 2018---  Virtual teaching can be disorienting. In the absence of our classrooms chock a bock full of fancy science gizmos, we’re becalmed in a sea of unknowns. Tech access, motivation, attendance, and prior knowledge are just a few of the variables battering online teachers. However, positive experiences can be found in the midst of this mire. Online...

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Podcasting In The Classroom

Podcasting in the classroom

---by Travis Crawley, Golden Apple Fellow--- When I was younger, my mother always told me that I had “a face for radio”. Maybe that explains my passion for all things audio, including podcasts. If you are asking yourself, “What exactly are these podcasts I’ve been hearing about?” then 1) You must live under a rock, and 2) stop right now and give one a try. Recommendations: This American Life,...

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Youtube As A Tool In The Virtual Classroom

YouTube as a Tool in the Virtual Classroom

---by Russell Thompson, Golden Apple Fellow---   In my almost 25 years as an educator, technology has rapidly changed traditional teaching; but as of late, it has completely replaced it. Like my contemporaries, I have been a part of the technological revolution in the classroom, to include our even greater shift toward technology in recent months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We...

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Creating Creativity

Creating Creativity

---by Cheryl Leung, Golden Apple Fellow---   To conceptualize, to consider, to make order of things is to be creative. To think, say, and do is very personal and this “creating” becomes an expression of ourselves. Expression is telling.  It reveals our self as who we are in our society. Our identity, our essence is exactly why this part of our self must be nurtured with care … Why we must...

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Well, Well, Well …. Let’s Talk About Wellness

Well, Well, Well …. Let’s Talk About Wellness

---by Paula Jackson, Golden Apple Fellow and Golden Apple Board Member---   I’ve put off writing this for a few weeks now. I really haven’t been up to the task of writing about wellness. Like many of you, I have felt anxious, sad, agitated, angry, confused, overwhelmed, exhausted …. and that’s just before lunch. I have had many sleepless nights and have cried uncontrollably more times than...

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Managing The Emotional Impact Of Covid-19 For Educators

Managing the Emotional Impact of COVID-19 for Educators

---by Heather Fried, Guest Post, Elementary Resource Counselor for Albuquerque Public Schools ---   In a short time, life as we knew it changed. We went from carefree days of going to work, joking with colleagues and students, visiting friends and family, having a meal out, and leisurely shopping, to a life of stay-at-home orders, social distancing, lines to get into a grocery store, and...

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The Stress Of Covid 19 – What It Looks Like In Children And What You Can Do To Support Them

The Stress of COVID 19 – What It Looks Like in Children and What You Can Do To Support Them

---Interview with Margaret Matteucci, Albuquerque Public Schools Counselor and Member of Crisis Team, as told to Cheryl Leung, Golden Apple Fellow--- As children and adolescents everywhere cope with the world as they know it being turned on its head, many of them are struggling.   They are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress. What Children and Adolescents are Feeling One...

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Summer Reading For Teachers

Summer Reading for Teachers

---by Jennifer Chavez-Miller, Golden Apple Fellow--- Last summer, I read 19 books. Before you reach for your device to send me a message imbued with incredulity, annoyance, or even congratulations, let me say this….for me, it was an unprecedented summer. After two decades of summers taking classes or teaching summer school or writing curriculum or painting classrooms, I found myself in a novel...

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Reading Is Elementary, My Dear.

Reading is Elementary, my dear.

---by Jeff Tuttle, Golden Apple Fellow and Golden Apple Board Member---    I know that the metaphor of the brain is popularly now a computer, but I think of the brain as one of my wife’s tomato plants.  Reaching, grasping, it does best with sunlight, water, nurturing, and a trellis.  Computers you can leave in the corner, recharge, and they work.  Sometimes.  A tomato plant, if you do that,...

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The Importance Of Summertime Reading

The Importance of Summertime Reading

---by Stephanie Walstrom, Golden Apple Fellow---   As a kindergarten teacher I foster in children a love of reading; it’s one of the best parts of my job! Along with amazing pre-K teachers, kindergarten teachers lay the foundation for success in school and lifelong learning habits. Education happens at home too, and parents of incoming kindergarten children often ask what they can do to...

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Story – A Tool For Making Math Concrete

Story – A Tool for Making Math Concrete

---by Cheryl Leung, Golden Apple Fellow--- There is something incredibly powerful about the idea of story as a teaching device. It brings an idea to life. It makes an abstraction become concrete and accessible. The idea becomes something real and tangible to a child when they experience it in a story. By bringing the idea of story into math class, the abstractions associated with math concepts...

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The Importance Of Reading

The Importance of Reading

---by Theresa Sandoval, Golden Apple Fellow--- Reading to children at an early age is critical. It sets them up to succeed in life. Reading to children develops their language skills. Reading to children consistently also enhances their knowledge. For example, when children look at or read various genres of books, they are naturally curious and want to know more information about the text. This...

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Global Classrooms

Global Classrooms

---by Randy Martin, Golden Apple Fellow---   We must move from teaching nationalism to teaching globalism in our classrooms. If we do not make this move, we are not only doing our students a disservice, but are moving dangerously backwards to a time when conflict and cold war was imminent. When it comes to investigating the world, students must learn to ask questions about the world...

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Bringing The Ocean To The Desert

Bringing the Ocean to the Desert

---by Chris Speck, Golden Apple Fellow---   I am a 2018 Golden Apple Fellow. I teach 7th grade life science (biology) at Garfield STEM School in Albuquerque, NM. A few years ago I had the good fortune to participate in the Research Experience for Teachers at UNM; even better, I got placed with Tim Boyle at Sandia National Labs’ Advanced Materials Lab where I worked on the coordination...

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Golden Apple Fellow Professional Development: Prepárate Conference

Golden Apple Fellow Professional Development: Prepárate Conference

---by Laura Carthy, Golden Apple Fellow and Golden Apple Board Member---   WHAT I DID: Last April, I was privileged to attend the Prepárate Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Prepárate is a College Board Conference, dedicated to the encouragement and support of Latino students in college preparatory classes and programs. WHERE WE ARE NOW: I was very much inspired by this conference and...

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Experiential Activities And The Classroom

Experiential Activities and the Classroom

 ---by Gerald Tafoya , Golden Apple Fellow---   I use experiential activities throughout the school year in our classroom, however this is especially true during the first couple of weeks of school. These activities help to establish a tone and demonstrate expectations I will refer to throughout the year.   To the casual observer, it may look like I am playing games with the students. In...

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Teacher Driven, Teacher Led, “Personalized” Professional Development: Peer Observation

Teacher Driven, Teacher Led, “Personalized” Professional Development: Peer Observation

---by Miskee Blatner, Golden Apple Fellow--- Making the Case for Peer Observation: In the recently re-released, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do, one of the 5 Core Propositions embraces the notion that accomplished teachers SHOULD and DO reflect on their practice. “Teachers use feedback and research to improve their practice and positively impact student learning”. Whether through...

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Golden Apple Academy Professional Development

Golden Apple Academy Professional Development

---by Jeff Tuttle, Golden Apple Fellow and Golden Apple Board Member---   We had another amazing professional development, this time at the El Dorado Community School, part of the Santa Fe Public Schools.  Roni Rohr hosted us in her art classroom. Laura Carthy shared a paper on her professional development in Los Angeles California to support Latino students in college preparatory classes...

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The Mason-Dixon Line

The Mason-Dixon Line

---by Del Hansen, Honorary Golden Apple Council Member---   The settlement of a heated land dispute among the British colonies of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania in 1767 resulted in a compromise called the Mason-Dixon Line, named for the surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon. It later formed the demarcation between the north and the south leading up to the Civil War and the...

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Out Of My Element

Out of My Element

---by Chris Speck, Golden Apple Fellow---   I had the most memorable teacher after I finished with school. I had been accepted into the Research Experience for Teachers Program at UNM and was assigned to Tim Boyle’s Lab at Sandia National Labs’ Advanced Materials Lab. I was warned that he didn’t look like a scientist and was incredibly informal. I was thrilled. Tim greeted me and assigned...

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The P-Cubed Of Great Teaching

The P-cubed of Great Teaching

---by Del Hansen, Honorary Golden Apple Council Member---   I was told years ago that teaching was a calling much like the ministry. Perhaps a beam of light from above hits your noggin and triggers an involuntary response sending you to the College of Education. Or not. But let’s be honest, one generally doesn’t choose to teach because of the promise of a hefty income, pristine working...

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A Sense Of Belonging?

A Sense of Belonging?

---by Cheryl Leung, Golden Apple Fellow---  The sun baked down on the parking lot as I walked across the asphalt, my suitcase trailing behind.   I stepped through the door, into the blast of air conditioning, and basked in the crisp, cold air.   I breathed a breath of contentment.   I was “home”.   Women from various STEM fields were scattered around the room, each one deeply committed to...

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Thanks To New Mexico Music Educators!

Thanks to New Mexico Music Educators!

---by Jeff Tuttle, Golden Apple Fellow and Golden Apple Board Member--- I went to an event, Saturday, the 14th of January, which was the gathering of excellent musical students from around the state known as All-State Music. More than a thousand students bussed in, provided room and board, and instructed by world-class conductors from all over the country, which concluded in a few days to a...

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My First Day (Or: Off To The Races)

My First Day (or: Off to the Races)

---by MaryAnn Constantini, Honorary Golden Apple Council Member---   This will be a different kind of "First Day" story – very different. We were living in a small Arab sheikdom.  My husband was with the US State Department.  I had resigned myself to being an embassy wife. Early during our time there, we were attending a camel race - which can only be described as chaotic.  I left my...

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The Triumvirate And The Baby Teacher

The Triumvirate and the Baby Teacher

---by Del Hansen, Honorary Golden Apple Council Member---   I don’t remember much about my first day of teaching. Whether because of abject fear, lack of confidence, or brutal ineptitude, I have just blotted it out of my mind. As the days crept past during that fateful first semester, my memory became a little more lucid - lucid enough for me to recall this first-year teaching story. I both...

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