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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Sometimes I Fail

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

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 Your Classroom Campfire

Choosing the tools that you use in a classroom is an important part of building the environment you hope to create. Just as teachers arrange desks and invest time in bulletin boards to create physical spaces, tech tools contribute to the digital space of a classroom. My first principal once told me that you can … Continue reading Building Your Classroom Campfire

5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News

  5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News This post was originally published on  Daily Genius you can check it out by following the link above. Whether you call it “fake news”, “misinformation” or the more innocuous “spin,” and whether you see this as an entirely new problem or the … Continue reading 5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News

eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter

I am proud to have been named to the eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter.  In reflecting on my years on Twitter, I can't help but think of all the passionate educators that I have met along the way while sharing our learning. Years of rethinking education have shown me that while there … Continue reading eSchool News Top 14 Trailblazing Educators on Twitter

San Diego Innovation Summit Keynote

While I have not been good about posting to this blog in the last year, I have still stayed very busy traveling and presenting.  Last week I delivered a keynote at the San Diego Innovation Summit titled "Behind the Science of Innovation: 
Bringing About Significant Positive Change."  Co presenting with Beth Holland, our goal was … Continue reading San Diego Innovation Summit Keynote

The Life Cycle of Student Work

What is the life cycle of student work in your class? Does it look like this? When was the last time that a student ran into your class eager to go through a pile of student work? It is my fervant belief that important work does not end up in piles. If we want to … Continue reading The Life Cycle of Student Work

A Year without One-to-One via EdTechResearcher

This post originally appeared May 3rd, 2015 as a guest post on the EdTechResearcher blog. Many thanks to Justing Reich for the opportunity.   Today's guest post comes from Shawn McCusker, a teacher who moved from a 1:1 laptop environment to a new school with fewer technology resources. An innovator in 1:1 classroom implementation and … Continue reading A Year without One-to-One via EdTechResearcher

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

I was proud to be included in an article in this month's Educational Leadership.    Reading this made had me thinking about how to make my new curriculum better this year.  A friend once told me that it takes 5 years to get your class back up to speed if you change schools.  I have … Continue reading How to Transform Teaching with Tablets