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Cheryl Arnett
Cheryl Arnett has been a first and second grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School in Craig, Colorado, for the last 18 years. She has a BA from Regis University, Denver, Colorado and an MA from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ. She is also an instructional technology coach.

Cheryl was born in Oregon and raised in Northern California. She is 57-years-old, married, with one daughter and three grandchildren.

Entries by Cheryl Arnett

Bring on the Sunshine!

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 7:31 PM

Flying into Newark, New Jersey a few days ago, I looked out the window and saw nothing but black, white and gray landscape as far as my eyes could see. As we are still a few weeks from spring, I should not have expected anything more, but I was struck...

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Data-driven Instruction or Educator Insanity?

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 1:27 PM

As an educator, I have attended countless staff meetings, collaborations, and in-service sessions focused on data. In theory, data dialogues and data driven instruction are as integral a part of school today as recess and rulers. The reality, however, is that most educators, myself included, still do not know how...

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From Confusion to Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 3:02 PM

The ISTE 2013 conference (International Society for Technology in Education) in San Antonio, Texas, attended last week by 20,000 educational people from around the world, was an incredible opportunity to inspire change for teaching and learning. Speaker Will Richardson pointed out that "Change always starts with...

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Placing Blame...

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 2:37 PM

Yesterday was one of those days that will live on throughout our life, as we will never forget where we were when we heard the awful news. There have been several in my life of almost 60 years. I can tell you where I was when I heard that President...

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The Time Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 4:59 PM

I have just awakened from a dream. In the dream, I entered a castle and walked up the red carpet to the fanfare of trumpeters surrounded by extraordinary people from around the world dressed in their finest garments, greeting one another, celebrating, and enjoying the festive atmosphere as well as...

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I Am Better Off Today Than Four Years Ago

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 3:05 PM

Last Thursday, I met President Barack Obama in person. Not just a handshake in a crowd, I was personally introduced, shook hands, received a hug, and exchanged a few words with the president of the United States. It was a moment I will never forget.

I feel like it is...

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Romney in Small Town America: Coal vs. Kids

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Yesterday was a historic day in the rural Northwestern community of Craig, Colorado. With a population of fewer than 10,000 people, it was an unlikely campaign stop for Mitt Romney. But thanks to the hard work and passion of some local residents, to Craig he came, ready to...

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Microsoft Innovative Education Forum -- An Unnecessary Obstacle That Teachers Choose to Tackle

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 4:36 PM

The 2011 Microsoft Innovative Education Forum has come to an end. This year 102 incredible educators from all around the USA came together in Redmond, Washington for two days of excitement, wonder, and joy. They shared, collaborated, and learned together.

The Innovative Education Forum challenges teachers to submit their...

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Collaborating for Change: 2011 Microsoft Innovative Education Forum

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2011 | 4:11 PM

What you don't know can't hurt you, or so they say, but if you are a teacher trying to positively improve student achievement, what you don't know can hurt both you and your students. Teaching can be a very isolated profession. Teachers spend all day in a classroom with students...

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Last Call for Innovative Teachers

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 12:40 PM

Sunday, May 15, is the final date for submitting applications to the 2011 Microsoft U.S. Innovative Education Forum. Education is undergoing a transformation around the world, one classroom at a time. The Innovative Education Forum is an amazing opportunity for teachers from those classrooms to come together to...

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Celebrating Teachers -- The Microsoft Innovative Education Forum

(7) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 1:06 PM

You have to look hard to find good news about teachers right now, but amid all the criticism, budget cuts, and pink slips there is a shining light celebrating, inspiring, and supporting the important work being done by teachers around the United States. Microsoft Partners in Learning is selecting teachers...

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A Tale of Two Lessons (and a Bigger One for Me...)

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 1:52 PM

On Friday morning I facilitated two lesson during literacy time in my second-grade classroom. The first had been planned for a while, the second arose rather spontaneously. Interestingly enough, a third lesson evolved... extending my own learning. For years I have devoted December to teaching my second graders about Christmas...

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Opportunities and Possibilities...

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 4:43 PM

My journey to Cape Town, South Africa, to attend the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum as an innovative teacher representing the United States gave me plenty of time for reflection. Thirty-one hours of travel time to be exact! If you had told me a year ago that I would be...

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Further Lessons from Cape Town

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 3:04 PM

I took one picture from the window of my hotel room at the Southern Sun Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. I looked out that window several times each day. If I had taken the photo a little more to the left, you would have seen Lion's Head... a little...

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Look Both Ways...

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 11:03 PM

Friday was the last day of the Microsoft World-Wide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. I was fortunate to be attending as an innovative teacher representing the United States. I began the morning with an early dash to the convention center hoping to get a few minutes of...

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