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Advice for Aspiring Teacher Bloggers

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In one of my favorite Portlandia sketches, everyone in Portland promotes their DJ night. Sometimes it feels like every teacher is turning into a blogger like citizens of Portland compelled to spin records. This is a fundamentally good thing: it allows teachers to share and access great practices while creating positive digital footprints. Here is […]

Ask These Questions About Time to Evaluate Classroom Technology Integration

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Devices in classrooms can empower students when used effectively.But how do teachers know if they are integrating technology effectively? Here are questions to ask about time that help teachers use effectively integrate technology. What percentage of time are students in creative apps such asSynth, Tour Creator, ThingLink,Jamboard,Canva,Flipgrid, Google My Maps, Google Sites, etc? What percentage […]

Why We Need to Stop Telling Kids to Think Outside the Box

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Tripping on ‘shrooms in Prague once I stopped by an art gallery window and saw it. It was an orange dog; the tiniest of canines. A stain of fluorescent orange paint in the bottom right corner of a sizable painting of some natural scenery. I remember the grass, the trees, and the people in it […]

Priming Your Students For Creativity (A Mind Control Infographic)

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There is nothing wrong with your screen. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. I am controlling the image. I control the horizontal and I control the vertical. I can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next 10 minutes, sit quietly and I will control all […]

Open to Possibilities

I take a lot of photos. Often I will look back through the photos…and I’m reminded of things. I see things that I forgot happened. Recently, I came across the photo above. As I look at it, several things come to mind. Many things happen in a classroom each week. I forget most of them. […]

Oddly Enough…

…writing poetry can feel like doing ballet in a phone booth. Poetry. Boring? Government. Ordinary? Math. Lifeless? We think not. I had the pleasure this week of working with a diverse group of 42 secondary school teachers. They came from many different schools and taught a range of topics in Grades 8-12. The session was […]

Just One More Square

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i have been looking forward to this all day. you are going to love this story. you wait. but the paper you laid on my desk is not big enough. i need more please. i ask to draw on the back. but you tell me i can’t. that no one will see what is on […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #13: Go To Extremes For Learning

Bookslike the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley’s Believe it Or Not never stay on the shelf for long. Young people tend to be fascinated (even obsessed)with the limits of experience andthe extremes of reality–these kinds of books reveal all the record-breaking aspects of the world.I recall leafing through our own home copy of […]

Three Ways To Use 30-Second Videos In Your Classroom

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2-4 kids and a Smartphone… Nice and easy but powerful. The ticket to awesome. Check it out. As teachers, we often do too much and the kids too little. We give a lot of information, but little processing time in class. Luckily, there are easy ways to change that. Check out my other posts on […]

Tips For Imaginative Educators #12: Spice Things Up

“Variety’s the very spice of life That gives it all its flavour.” (Source: The Task(1785), Book II, “The Timepiece”William Cowper1731-1800) Most people likevariety; it keeps life interesting. Unfortunately, few people associate typical schools or classrooms with variety. Indeed, it is the routinization of patterns and behaviors that makes mostclassrooms run like well-oiled machines. In addition, […]

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