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The Vacay

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I’ve been looking forward to it all school year.

My getaway #wayupnorth vacay. Time to relax, refocus and reinvent myself.

trading in the screams of my students for the cry of the loons.

the smell of the lunch room for the spicy aroma of the ancient cedar forests.

my desk for a deck and recess for rest.

googles of geese—I mean gaggles of geese. Peace. Tranquility.

emails flying, no wait, eagles flying over head.

Stop. It. No more work.

We went canoeing on an awesome lake, no houses, no cabins, no people. Just us and the loons. The name of the lake: School Lake. No joke.Canal post

Went went paddling up a remote creek. Chopping through the brush, we passed a beaver dam, several SCHOOLS of fish and ran into a man who is a PRINCIPAL (go figure) at Principia Boarding School, in Illinois.

I was shopping at the Great Lakes Tea and Spice Company (which has THE BEST aged cherry balsamic vinegar ever. Straight from the bottle.) and the man ringing me up said, “I bet you’re a teacher.”

Me, with mouth and eyes wide open, “How did you know?”

Clerk: “I can tell. You have so much energy.”

I was only buying tea and vinegar. Carpe Diem.

Up North- I love you! I also love my work. When you love what you do somehow it stops being work and becomes joy.

Leave me a comment about what you are doing on summer break this year. I’d love to chat with you!

The Principal’s Desk

By Mary Kay kane

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Apps, Snaps & Smash!

I love being a principal.

I get to spend time doing one of my favorite things—learning about learning. Today, I attended a Webinar from Simplek-12 called the Basics of Mobile Learning. Dig in to these cool ideas:


  1. Students share a journal (digital or old school) and comment or post back and forth to each other. I love it. So 21st century. So basic skills.

Emoji Writing Prompts:


  1. Display a string of emojis and have students write a back story for the icons. How cool is that?
  2. Have the students display emojis in Google classroom  communicating how they are feeling or  what they hope to do or learn that day.

Re-purposed Selfies:

I love my job and my office … which is so much better than Mr. Wever’s black and brown office. I hope I will have lots of visitors!
  1. Have your students create a post with a selfie and then write a paragraph about the selfie.
  2. Ask your students to make a selfie with their favorite book, color or board game and write a short piece about their selfie.
  3. Display 4 selfies and ask your students to write the back story for the images.


Well, that’s all for now. I need to smash some apps before I Pokemon Go!


by Mary Kane

all rights reserved. copyright 2016


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Off to School

Last week I attended a training conference for Project Lead the Way—an awesome science program our elementary is adopting for the coming school year.

As I was getting ready for class, I looked over my supply list. It has been a VERY LONG TIME since I needed to “get supplies” for school. My mind went back in time.

New Crayolas (96 colors with a built in sharpener if your parents were rich)

New pencils (Pristine with erasers intact and NO bite marks.)

Cartridge pens with extra ink (if you didn’t attend Catholic schools, Google it.)

Lunch bags.

Book bag.

Note: I walked to school with my sisters for the first 7 years of my school career.

We were good to go.


Fast forward to the 21st century. Scan my supply list shown below:

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Not a pencil on it.

Times have changed … but for the better. Never has education been more exciting, more relevant, more connected. Good ideas between teachers, schools and nations can be shared at the speed of a click! No more excuses for boring, worn-out projects and methods or teachers. We have the resources to be the best God has created us to be.

Same message—new methods.


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Old School Supplies












New school
New School Supplies


What do you remember about going to school? Leave me a comment below! I’d love to chat with you!

By Mary Kane. All rights reserved. Copyright 2016