I've been searching for a new phone for a while. I was jealous of my hubby and his new one, but I didn't want to commit to the same phone, so I was doing my research when an email from Republic Wireless arrived in my inbox!
Republic Wireless is a hybrid phone service that seamlessly blends wireless network calling with cellular phone calling! What does that mean? It means that if you are connected to wi-fi, your phone calls will go out over the wi-fi network... and if you don't, you'll have cellular coverage through the Sprint Network. And it means that the phone plans cost way less than traditional cell phone carriers!
With plans starting at just $5 and the most expensive plan costing $40, and the fact that you can change your plan at will, Republic Wireless is definitely an affordable option for many people! And
There are two choices of phone with Republic Wireless - the 3G capable Moto G and the 4G capable Moto X. Just this morning, I received this adorable Moto X:
I waited semi-patiently for the three hours that the instructions required before I turned on my phone and read the instructions cover to cover - it was incredibly simple and getting my Republic Wireless account set up was pretty painless too - all totaled, I was up and running within ten minutes. My only hiccup was that I couldn't find my account number for my old cell account and had to deal with THEIR customer service and explain that I'd be leaving my old carrier to get them to cough up the number I needed. My phone is up and running and I've already downloaded the important apps - Starbucks, Kindle and Publix! I haven't downloaded Erik's app yet - he really wants to play Angry Birds Epic on there but I am already losing my iPad to him, so I'm conveniently forgetting to add that one...
So far, I love how responsive the phone is and how much faster things load than my last phone. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much 4G signal I get here in Charleston, despite the fact that the map says 3G! I have also been really happy at how long the battery lasts and how the integrated Google back up is taking my photos right to the cloud every time I am in a Wi-Fi zone.
So far the only downsides are that I can't receive text messages from six digit numbers - so I have lost one of my favorite deal/coupon outlets, and I cannot personalize my voice mail message, but otherwise I am loving my new Moto X and my Republic Wireless phone plan!
Stay tuned as I put my Moto X through it's paces and report back next month!
In looking back and now moving forward, my classes look nothing like that did nine years ago. Today, they are much less, "me talk - you listen" and much more "lets explore and see what we all learn as a result." My whole teaching philosophy has evolved over time and continues to do so. In that vein, I thought that today, I would share my rules of teaching today with you...
- Start lessons with a relevant question/problem. Set up the 'so what' so that students can understand why you are delivering the lesson. It is about creating context in their minds.
- Set up the class in an explore, demonstrate and apply model.
- Conversations work better than telling. When I am told something I am more likely to forget, ignore or half understand the message. When I gain knowledge in a conversation I tend to retain it because I had to connect the dots myself and understand the logic behind the thoughts. Remember the key to a conversation is that it is a two way street. You have to listen as much as you talk.
- Smile. Life is so much better for yourself and your students when you engage with the materials.
- Be constructive. No one likes to be told their wrong but sometimes we all need to be guided towards a better understanding of an issue. I go in with the approach of helping students to understand where the error was made and providing tools to help them improve their performance
- Always treat students with the utmost respect and dignity. It is amazing how treating people well usually turns into them treating you well.
- Be open to learning and new ideas yourself. Students have often taught me a lot to which I am eternally thankful.
- Always end a lesson by going back to the original question/problem which began it. Let students see how their ability to address the question has improved. It also allows you to guide a sense of how well you did your job.
Once again, these rules like everything else are subject to evolution and change with the times. Good luck to all with the new school year! May we all learn and flourish during it.
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A successful vacation means forgetting work.
On this vacation, I have been good about not constantly checking email but I am starting to get antsy about work left undone at the moment. I do know that nothing I do is that vital that it cannot wait but it is hard to release the thoughts.