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About Me
I am a 2nd grade teacher in Phoenix, AZ. I never thought I would love teaching the younger ones, but I do. This is my second year teaching. I love learning about student invented math strategies including some CGI concepts. I love the workshop approach to reading and writing and am trying out Words Their Way for the first time.
I also love integrating technology. I am currently getting my masters in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University.
Other than teaching, I enjoy listening to and TRYING to play music (guitar and bass), reading, basketball (I coached for 3 years at the high school level), and cats.....yes I said it ....CATS!

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Posted on August 12, 2008 at 9:37pm 2 Comments

I switched the server from mypodcast to podOmatic.

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Gay Su Pinnell and Sara Holbrook interviews now up

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The Teachers Life Episode 4 is up........come vote!!!!

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The latest of "The Teacher's Life Podcast" is up and you can come vote for the opening song!

Episode 2 now up

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Check out the latest episode....(see above)

A new podcast.......listen if you have no time and are splitting at the seams with excitement for .......professional development......?

Posted on July 27, 2008 at 10:37pm 4 Comments

Hey all! I finally figured out how to make a podcast. About time! I'm considering submitting it to iTunes. the name of the podcast is "The Teachers Life". Check it out and let me know what you think. There's even an online poll for you to take!!!!!!!!! I would love any suggestions on how to make it better. Thanks!

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Great smartboard tool

Here's a YouTube video explaining a smartboard tool I thought might be helpful.'s called the portal and seems to have an application in many different types of classrooms.See More
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Mr. Peterson commented on Bobby's group Elementary Math
""Give me a BREAK!", by Hungry Teacher. Mathematical Domains: Geometry, Numbers and Operations, Operations & Algebraic Thinking Standards: Grade Levels 1, 2, 3: 1.OA.1, 1.OA.2, 1.OA.3, 1.OA.4,…"
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Bob Zenhausern commented on Bobby's group Elementary Math
"Dyscalculia has always seemed ill defined until I asked myself a simple question: If a dyscalcic learned math using a spreadsheet which eliminated arithmetic as a factor, would they still have problems?  If the problems disappear you know the…"
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Bob Zenhausern commented on Bobby's group Elementary Math
"Let them guess the answer and give feedback --- estimation.  Guessing the answer and seeing how close they can get (cumulatively) is more like a game.  After a while they will get better and better and in fact will have learned the…"
Jul 9, 2011
Donna Eisenacher commented on Bobby's group Elementary Math
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At 10:48am on July 16, 2009, Durff said…
So when is the next episode of theteacher'slife podcast?
At 5:56pm on April 10, 2009, Sylvain said…
Hi ! I'm new here... I added you to my Twitter following list too ;-)
At 8:03pm on March 25, 2009, Stephen Rotondo said…
Do you have any student created podcasts that could be shared with a 6th grade class? Each student has an iPod Touch. I am doing graduate research on this project and will notify the classroom teacher of your interests. Thanks for allowing me to become a contact.
At 7:17pm on March 25, 2009, Joanaf Bauer said…
Hi, nice to meet you here.
At 6:25pm on February 25, 2009, Bill Brennan said…
Thanks bobby. I actually just re-joined under a new email address. I wanted to get everything over to my work email, but was having issues with registration.
At 7:40pm on February 24, 2009, Elisa said…
Great way to use math in real life!
At 7:31pm on January 31, 2009, Alice Tope said…
Hi Bobby.
I'm back with another arithmetic problem.
I ate lunch at the mall today, and spent $3.25 for rice and vegetables. Then I bought a Hershey bar for $.75.
How much did I spend for my lunch and candy?
Oh! I forgot that I had to pay $.24 tax on the rice and vegetables.
What was my total, after adding the tax?

Is this too difficult?
At 8:38pm on January 28, 2009, Barbara said…

video TBA
At 8:21pm on January 28, 2009, Alice Tope said…
You're welcome, Bobby.
Thank you for helping me. I will bring "visitors" to your Classroom 2.0 page next week from the Ohio Educational Technology Conference. I am doing a mini session on PBS Teachers Connect for the Ohio Educational Technology Agencies. Now that I've connected with you, I'll have an excellent example to show participants. They'll love it! And now, good night ;-).
At 7:59pm on January 28, 2009, Alice Tope said…
OOPs! I should have asked how much we need to equal $999.00.


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