Jeanie Cullip Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Jeanie Cullip of Twin Falls, Idaho, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Cullip was initiated at Idaho State University.

Cullip is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information, visit

What I Wore Last Week

Here is my collection of outfits for last week. See details of each day on Instagram! Linking up with Pleated Poppy, What I Wore Wednesday. Let me know that you came by, I would love to connect with you. 

What I Wore Last Week

I have been doing some fashion blogging on Instagram, sharing my outfit for the day. It has been a lot of fun, trying something new and meeting new people. Here is an overview of last week!


Each day I share a quote and details of the outfit/ accessories that I wore. You can find me on instagram here, go head over there and follow me! Linking up with appeared Poppy on What I Wore Wednesday, head on over there to see what everybody is wearing...

Educational Technology Context & Foundation

I absolutely love my Instructional Technology course I am taking this semester at ISU! Integrating technology into all aspects of the classroom to benefit both student and teacher is extremely important to me. Part of the requirement of this class will be to create a Philosophy of our own in regards to placing tecnhlogy into the classroom. In order for us to complete this, through the course we are finding professional resources and material within our textbook to expand and define our current technology ideals.

Here is my takeaways from our readings this week:

     In Chapter 1 of our textbook, Roblyer states,

For the processes, or instructional procedures for applying tools, we look to … applications of technology that help prepare students for future jobs by teaching them skills in using current tools, as well as skills in ‘learning to learn’ about tools of the future that have not yet been invented – or even imagined (p. 5).

     I find the idea of “learning to learn about tools of the future” to be an extremely important guide in today’s teaching of technology and preparing our students for the future. This changes the focus of learning technology, we need to learn enough to complete the tasks we are to complete; however, its not about having lessons on the particular technology that we know it deeply as software, hardware, etc changes so rapidly. Yet we should direct lessons on the ability of learning to learn. Being able to take the basic knowledge and apply it to any program that comes our way. I read once that computer programmers, computer design students, and the like graduate with a degree with most of the information they have learned is outdated. Similar to our students, It is important for them to know how to learn and adapt to the rapidly changing technology in our world. 

     In Chapter 1 of our textbook research completed by Devaney in 2010 teaches us, 

Schools with one-to- one computing programs had fewer discipline problems, lower dropout rates, and higher rates of college attendance (p. 22).

     I am not surprised by such research results. As a future teacher, I would love to adapt or be apart of a school in which is involved within a 1:1. Eliminating factors of students not having the technology accessible in and outside of the classroom. This research on technology in education tells us that there are many more benefits to the use than what we originally thought. My thought that the fewer discipline problems, lower dropout rates, and higher rates of college attendance is in the idea that students are engaged, lessons are adaptable to many learning styles, and they feel better prepared to go on to higher education because of their experience!

     In Chapter 2 of our textbook, Roblyer states, 

Teachers will always use some directed instruction as the most efficient means of teaching required skills; teachers will always need motivating, cooperative learning activities to ensure that students want to learn and that they can transfer what they learn to problems they encounter. Proficient technology-orientated teachers must learn to combine directed instruction and constructivist approaches and to select technology resources and integration methods that are best suited to their specific needs (p. 49).

     I tend to lean toward the constructivist methods, ideologies, and epistemologies in the modern day classroom. It is innovative, collective; it is about movement and collaboration. It is appealing to me as a teacher to make the classroom appealing to today’s student. Yet there is an importance in the ideals and methods of directed instruction. As a future teacher and as I go about creating my integrating technology philosophy is in important to develop a balance between the two.

Roblyer, M.D. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson             Education, Inc. 

Word for 2017: Sparkle

Often, New Years Resolutions are made at this time of year; as well as the trend to create a focus of the next grouping of 365 days. For the last few years I have had a focus word; Simplify, Courage, Peace, etc.. For 2017, my focus is SPARKLE.

Sparkle for Just Jewelry with Jeanie and sparkle for my life in general. A time to shine, illuminate, and radiate as the song Sparkle from Noonday Sun implies.


Thursday I sparkled with my new Just Jewelry criss cross hematite earrings + JJ Boutique dream big baseball tee (dream big, sparkle more, shine bright). Please remember to enter Jeanie Cullip as the consultant during the ordering process, I am hoping to receive my website soon!


Protagonist editorial: Why Goldilocks should never have entered the home of the three bears.

the-three-bearsHere is something fun this evening, as I work on my UDL Lesson Plan (my final for SPED 3350). The lesson is meeting the standard CCCS.ELA.W.7.1 in writing an editorial to defend or challenge a protagonist in a fairy tale. I am responsible for completing the assignment for the student example as I have not done this with a class. So I thought I would share with you what I wrote.

Goldilocks should never have entered the home of the three bears. I can imagine that Goldilocks only went to the house of the three bears by herself is because she was left alone to her own doings. Where was her parents? Why was she not in school? She just gallivanted through the forest one day and happened to come across the three bears home. I can imagine the smell of porridge seeped out into the woods that fine morning, was Goldilocks hungry? I can imagine she just could not resist the temptation to see what it was that smelled so delicious. As she approached the home, I imagine she appeared through the open kitchen window and saw the three-steaming bowls. So, she walked right through the open door and began to eat out of the largest bowl! This would have not happened if Goldilocks parents were taking care of her, I wonder if she was even given breakfast.

Goldilocks really should never have entered the home of the three bears. She was lucky, that girl could have been eaten up. For some reason, she thought it was okay to eat the porridge that did not belong to her. She also could have not been aware that the home she entered belonged to a family of bears. But she did not stop there, she continued into the stranger’s home and sat in their personal chairs! Were there pictures of the bears on the wall or placed along their bookshelves? If there was she ignored them when she decided to take a nap from all that eating and resting she had done.

Most importantly, Goldilocks should never have entered the home of the three bears; she was breaking the law. She was a criminal, guilty on at least four separate accounts. First, she trespassed onto private property. Second, she entered the home without permission. Third, she stole their porridge that was intended for them to eat. Fourth, she broke the smallest chair in the living room. I cannot imagine why this innocent blond haired girl would be doing such things; maybe it was just a disguise to fool us all?

In conclusion, Goldilocks should never have entered the home of the three bears because she was alone and should have been supervised, she was lucky and could have been killed, and she was guilty of breaking four separate laws and could have been locked up in juvenile detention center for her crimes. So next time, Goldilocks just go to school instead!

Ha! How funny is that? I actually used this story and this book, because I am looking forward to meeting author Jan Brett when she visits Twin Falls Barnes & Noble next Friday! Maybe I should have her autograph my editorial?