F Marisa Dahl

Thursday, July 29, 2021

What am I reading and listening to and questions I'm asking myself.

I am looking forward to sharing more about books and podcasts that I am reading and listening to. I have so many questions and thoughts as I read and listen and this is going to be a place for me to share those and hopefully engage with you, the reader.  Let me know in the comment below what you are reading and/or listening to and if you have thoughts and questions about either.

UDL and Blended Learning (Amazon), You Had Me at Hola, the EdTech Take Out Podcast (I've listened to every one of these and I look forward to them each time they release another one!) and The Backwards Podcast, (I've listened to the first 3 episodes and I feel like I could go back and listen to them again, so much great stuff, and so much to think about going into a new school year!. 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Hi 👋, It's Been Awhile

Hello, I am SO excited to start blogging again. I have so many things to share that I think you will find interesting, helpful, and maybe we will all learn a little more. I am excited to share my updated logo. I used Canva to create it. I tried to use Adobe but I am much more familiar with Canva that I figured I stick with it. 

My goal for this page is to share more, whether that is resources, courses, websites. I want to connect with educators, and support educators outside of Iowa, and learn alongside them. Over the past 15 months (March 2020 - July 2021) I have uncovered a passion for design and I hope to share what I learned in this space. 

I look forward to where this updated blog and new passion take me! 


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Code And Go Robot Mouse Student Jobs

A couple months ago I was in an elementary where students were introduced to Code And Go Robot Mouse Game. I had spent some time learning more about this resource but you always learn more when put it in students' hands.

After one class went through we decided to assign jobs so that there was less confusion on who was programming the mouse (clearing the mouse, pushing play, etc...). We had about 3-5 students in each group so we were also working on communication and collaboration. We came up with these jobs to help the students manage this better. Kindergarten through 4th graders tried this game and they all LOVED it! I loved to hear the collaboration and critical thinking going on throughout each class!

Hope you find them as useful as we did!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

We delivered our 1st Boxed.PD! What is Boxed.PD?

Today we delivered our first Boxed.PD. ... (we are still trying to figure out a better name but we aren't letting that stop us for now, if you have suggestions please leave a comment below!)...

Our first recipient was an Instructional Coach in the area who asked for a box focused on Coaching/Mentoring. Tyler Hellmann and I worked with Michelle Vaughn who helped us gather a couple resource focused on Coaching/Mentoring and more specifically observation which is what this coach asked us to focus on. It was nice to collaborate with others in our agency to create something like this!

I am glad I had Crystal Marshal's (@crystalmmarshal) help me with this process! She was nice enough to send a box to for me to check out what they send and it gave us great ideas for items to add to the box and formatting of the documents. Here is the blog post from edSurge that gave us this idea.

Our goal for these boxes is to Design, develop, and implement professional learning programs (i.e. Boxed.PD) to promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. (Aligns with the ISTE Coaching Standards #2 d)

We are already creating out next box, we will stick with Coaching/Mentoring but this time the focus will be building relationships and ideas for pop-up PD's. If you have any resources that you think would be helpful for this topic please add them to the comments below!

Here is the final project that was delivered today! We can't wait to get feedback from our recipients!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spark Creativity with Osmo Monster!

I love seeing the joy and excitement my son shows while working with the Osmo this week.

Here are some great resources to help integrated Osmo - Monster into your preschool or early elementary classroom.

OSMO - Monster and Numbers Instructions