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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It Doesn't Hurt to Ask

A couple of weeks ago, one of our Kindergarten teachers came to me and asked if I had any ideas on how to integrate some technology into a unit they were doing on Penguins.  It caught me off guard a little bit, but my response was something like, "Why don't we email the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha and see if someone would Skype with us about their Penguins?"
I sent the email, and within two hours we had a response from the official Penguin Keeper!  She agreed to Skype with us and answer the questions that our Kindergarteners had about Penguins.

What's holding you back from sending a simple email or making a phone call to a professional in your community? In your state?  In the United States?  In another country?   I have had great success when asking others to share knowledge of their profession with our students.                                                        
Go ahead, do it!  It will take you five minutes to compose that email.   Take a chance.  Shoot for the moon.  Think of the authentic experience you will be creating for your classroom! 

Enjoy, engage, and empower your students!

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