Share Your Story

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

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Get Out of Your Own Way

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

Building the New

On my busiest and most stressful days I like to remind myself that my life is a compilation of my past choices.  You don't make choices in your life just once. You choose and then with each and every day that passes you choose again and again the things that matter, make you happy, and … Continue reading Building the New

MacBook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms

"If educational technology and 1:1 education are going to thrive, school leaders must be focused on constantly employing the best practices and tools in relation to the most pressing needs of their students. Managing and sustaining these programs means that the big choices don’t stop after a platform has been selected. Getting devices in the … Continue reading MacBook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms

eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts

eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts In general I tweet what interests me and what I need to improve as a teacher.  It makes for an eclectic mix of technology, teaching and history.  Much like my blog, it represents the skills I am trying to grow and the struggles that are currently before me. … Continue reading eSchool News Top 5 EdTech Twitter Accounts

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating

This post was originally published on Edudemic you can click here to view the original. When was the last time your students said “Wow, that worksheet changed my life”?  Can you even remember a similar cookie cutter classroom activity or assignment from your days as a student? Yet they were a popular tool because they were structured … Continue reading 4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating

When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom

This article was originally posted on Edudemic. You can read the original post on the Edudemic site here.  When we work with schools embarking on 1:1 programs, losing classroom culture often tops the list of concerns. Teachers worry about too much screen time and lack of face-to-face interaction. Between the two of us, we have … Continue reading When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom

A Call for More Blogging

When I first became active on Twitter I would have put the odds that I would ever Blog solidly at Zero.  I had no desire to put work out there for criticism, nor did I feel that it was my place to share what I was doing in the classroom as if it was a … Continue reading A Call for More Blogging

Goodbye to Forward into History

Sometimes moving forward means leaving things behind.  In the past two years I have grown so much as a teacher and blogging has been a big part of that.  Writing has helped me to process my goals, my job and my life. I have every intention to continue. But, recently I have felt that I … Continue reading Goodbye to Forward into History

Reflection on EdCampss

I am fresh back from #edcamppss in Philadelphia.  I am a bit tired, a lot proud, and really energized to make what I have learned tangible in my classroom.    It's satisfying it was to meet people who are working hard to make their classrooms a better place.  It was surreal to see an event … Continue reading Reflection on EdCampss