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Success Is Not About What You Know

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Success is less about what you know now and more about how quickly and effectively you can learn and use new information. This is the most important thing I learned in my 15 years or teaching and mentoring teens. Success depends on skills. Build up a skill set and help others do the same and […]

Learning Doesn’t Have to Stop When Teachers are Out Sick

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It has been a long time since I have had to take a day off for illness. In fact, I think the last time I was out sick was in 2011. I eat right, exercise, and take care of myself. My job comes with some stress, but usually not enough to wear me down. Like […]

Blend Like a PIRATE

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I had been sailing on a clear course for about 13 years before I decided to drastically change course for blended learning. I’ve been on this blended learning course for about two and a half years now. I thought I had prepared well for my change in course, but there were many times early on […]

Enter the Twilight Zone with Blended Learning

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You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. I feel that opening part of […]

Please Share This Post with Administrators Who Block YouTube

In 2009, I attended the wedding of a good friend who wanted to wear a bow tie to the ceremony. He was opposed to wearing a clip-on but could not tie a bow tie. He told me he learned to tie it by watching YouTube. That resourceful friend is the first example in my memory […]

The Mouse King: Of Mice and Math

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What would you do if you found six mice in your home? How would you react? How many do you think would be in your home if you found six? Just six? More than six? How about 72. That’s right, 72. The other week I was at Home Depot waiting in the holiday lines to […]

Blended Learning with the New Google Sites

As more schools go 1:1 with devices, classrooms increasingly feature a blended learning model. This requires a lot of student screen time because as Matt Miller argues, technology is a vital part of students’ educational experience. Students need visually appealing platforms to engage them as they work on devices. Google Classroom has a visually appealing […]

What I Learned from the Elf on the Shelf

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There I was at 7:00 AM, bleeding, blood all over my hands, kneeling over our family’s beloved Elf on the Shelf, Oliver, in the dining room, and my six-year-old daughter waking up and coming down the steps. It was my worst case scenario. My little girl was going to come downstairs and see me covered […]

Turns Out Teachers Are Mind Readers (Thanks to Recap)

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Imagine if you could hear every single student’s thinking, thoughts, and ideas on a topic, and respond to each and every one of them without finding time to schedule individual student conferences. Imagine if your students could let you know how well they understood the topics covered during the week. Imagine how much insight you […]

Survey Says…

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Throughout all of my 15 years of teaching, there has been one word that has caused me, my students, and my students’ families to shudder. If you are in education, and even if you are not, I am guessing you can figure out the word. The word is homework. Didn’t take you long to shudder, […]

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