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Karolee Smiley
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All About Me!

Hi all!In case you are wondering about who I am and where I come from...I graduated from CSU Sacramento in 1993 with a Bachelors in Biology and Psychology, a minor in Anthropology and Introductory Physical Science and a Teaching Credential. Whew. My peers thought I was nuts, not because I had so many teaching subjects, but because I focused my student teaching on Middle School. My adviser thought I was confused when I insisted on doing my Phase 3 student teaching in the junior high. Everyone…See More
Mar 13, 2009
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"Hi Karolee - So glad you joined our 21st Century Teacher Leaders group. I'm sure you have wonderful insights and expertise to share with the group. Welcome! - Kim"
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Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Science, Other
I can help with
Integrating technology, Science fairs/competitions

Karolee Smiley's Blog

Rebels with applause

Brain compatible approaches for motivating reluctant learners

The reluctant learner…

  • Has trouble paying attention
  • Seems bored/forgetful
  • Doesn’t participate
  • Disruptive/silent
  • Seems capable but unmotivated
  • If they choose not to participate, then at least they are in control rather of the situation. Its better to

Strategies that you can use…


Posted on November 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

10 projects to teach creativity and problem solving skills in your classroom


Really need the ppt to support this workshop – lots of links!

What is innovation? Doing the “impossible”, creating something new

How can we be creative within the parameters of our standards and pacing? Think about blocks, or legos. They can build and create. Once they know how it work, then they can create and build. Need the tools and know how to use them before…


Posted on November 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Social Technology and the Middle Level Child

Balancing opportunity and risk

Why is texting so powerful?

  • Self regulated speech- when teens are trying to communicate, there are so many variables to consider (body language, appearance, see words before you say) The ability to

    regulate what you are saying.
  • Removes social cues-
  • More efficient- can respond to relevant components of conversation instead of…

Posted on November 5, 2010 at 5:30pm

Paperfolding 101

Graphic Organizers using regular paper - Diane E Tatum

Although I already use foldables, a tool that helps kids make a kinesthetic learning tool with paper, its always good to find ways to use it more efficiently and effectively.

(We folded a paper into 8 boxes for our notes on this- hard to capture as well in…


Posted on November 5, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NMSA opening session

I am at the NMSA conference in Baltimore. The opening session had some great words to inspire and help us reflect on what we do. Here are my notes of the opener, not perfect, but hopefully the key ideas are there.

NMSA- Opening session – 11/4/10

Innovate Create Inspire

Dr. Nancy Grazmik Maryland superintendent - One of the top states for education.…


Posted on November 5, 2010 at 8:30am

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At 11:46am on March 14, 2011, Kim Lightle said…
Karolee - Nice job on the introductions! I couldn't have said it better myself! Hope you are doing well. Kim
At 9:33am on February 3, 2011, Kim Lightle said…
Hey! Saw that you added a couple of resources to one of the wiki pages - that's great. How is everything going in CA?
At 8:53pm on September 29, 2010, De Austin said…
Thank you! Love the site. Thanks again.
At 12:41am on August 18, 2010, Kathy King said…
Hmmmmm, didn't even think of it yet! I have to find out when it is first! If Brent will send me I will go!
At 10:08am on June 9, 2010, Currie Renwick said…
Karolee, Thanks so much for your warm welcome! Things are just calming down at school, so I am looking forward to getting to know our ning over the summer. Look forward to talking again, Currie
At 7:37am on May 31, 2010, John Green said…
Thanks for the very detailed welcome info - much appreciated :)

Looking forward to actively participating.
At 8:49am on May 26, 2010, Tonya Gay Briggs said…
Thank you so much for the welcome and info! I look forward to getting more involved soon. Today is the last day with my students this year, so although I am glad, I am a little sad to see them go! I hope you have a great summer! Thanks again!
At 2:13pm on February 25, 2010, Christie Williams said…
I would love all of the information that I can get on the middle school site I am working on. Please get with your team and send me as much information as you can! Thanks! Christie
At 9:56am on February 15, 2010, Jessica Fries-Gaither said…
Hi Karolee,
I was very excited to see you quoted in the recent NSTA Reports! Congrats, you wonderful wiki women!! :)
At 11:06am on October 29, 2009, Laurie E Sison said…
Thank you for the welcome.
I am a K-8 certified teacher with MAEd.
I was laid off from my job and am working on a math/science endorsement (possibly science only)...
I am in the beginning stages and so I am in that confused state!
Thank you again,

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