I recently had the chance to sit down with Matt Weld to record an episode of his podcast "Teachers Classroom." We discussed the rise of podcasts and the potential benefits of podcasting in the classroom. Thanks for having me Matt.
I recently complete my updated Google Certified Trainer application for 2018. As part of the process you are required to submit a video that shares a bit of your personal philosophy and how you use a particular Google tool. The philosophy part is easy. I believe technology gives a voice to the voiceless and a … Continue reading Google Trainer Video 2018
Greg Kulowiec and I recorded a live episode of the "So We've Been Thinking..." Podcast where we discussed our purpose, process and history. Presenting live was something we discussed before we recorded our first episode, so the session was a proud accomplishment on many levels.
While the goals of the history classroom have remained for the most part consistent over time, what has changed dramatically in recent years is our ability to access an abundance of resources and tools that can make the process of learning and the expression of that learning come alive for the students in our classrooms.
These ideas are in line with our societal belief in the worth and value of the individual. Yet at the same time individualized learning and Personalized Learning programs certainly raise the question of how we will create shared community values in these personalized programs.
I have been working on a project reviewing past writing and in doing so realized that I have not yet written here about the “So We’ve Been Thinking…” Podcast. For the last two months Greg Kulowiec and I have been building a podcast. The ultimate aim of this passion project is to explore discussions around … Continue reading The So We’ve Been Thinking Podcast
Have you ever wondered if the work you do in the classroom has truly prepared your students for the world? I do. A lot. Especially as the pace of change in our world becomes faster and faster. Sometimes keeping up with that change can be hard, but it is important so that education is preparing … Continue reading The Smart Phone Generation is About to Graduate
You have a story inside you that you need to tell. More importantly, you have a story inside of you that is meaningful and will help people. It’s true for you and it is true for your students & co-workers as well. I’m begging you to be brave and share it. As a teacher I … Continue reading Share Your Story
We do new things exactly because they force us to grow. That is what this post is about. The details of my process aren’t really what matters. What does matter is that I tried something new and was horrible at it, but as a result I learned a lot. If I have to wait until … Continue reading Sometimes I Fail
Looking back on 25 years of classroom teaching, I can say that the greatest changes that I made to my classroom practice began in 2006, when I had a principal that pulled me aside and told me that I should really push the limits and rethink my classroom. What she actually told me was, “Some teachers … Continue reading Get Out of Your Own Way