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Mary Wade

Teacher passionate about edtech, inquiry, IB PYP, 5th grade, educational blogging, & family time

I taught 5th grade at a PYP International Baccalaureate school in Utah for 4 years, and am currently on extended parental leave. With two young kids at home, I try to stay in the loop until I resume teaching, from blogging for HonorsGradU & Edutopia, to peer-coaching teachers at my former school, to participating in Twitter chats with my PLN. I am passionate about student voice, inquiry, and innovative problem-solving.

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    A teacher’s journey from covering the basics of poetry to helping students discover why poems matter.
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    These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

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