Create Your Classroom Wish List with #ClearTheLists

It’s no secret that many teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies each year. #clearthelists is a call to action to directly address this issue. Teachers are creating their own unique classroom lists - usually through Amazon - and relying on the kindness and generosity of strangers to help them fulfill their classroom supply [...]

Can Your Students Trust The Internet?

They Can Find Out, Using the CRAAP Test Since humans have used language to communicate, strategies have been developed to trick one another. In the past, these strategies have included propaganda, scams, deception, and more. In today’s internet era, students struggle with these tricks and others – like information abundance, data filtering, and fake news. [...]

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – Week 3

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. [...]

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – Week 2

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. [...]

Feelings, Failures, and Successes – A Weekly Teacher’s Journal Part 1

Feeling isolated is a formidable, yet common feeling that many teachers experience throughout a school year. I have decided to maintain a short, weekly journal, outlining my feelings, failures, and some successes in my classroom. It is my hope that this may help any teachers who need to know they aren't alone in their experience. [...]

My Plan For The First Day Of School

My first day of school is already next week! I am getting pretty excited about starting another year, but also quite nervous. One thing that has helped me prepare for the first day is to write out a detailed plan of my first lesson. Sometimes I even teach it to an empty classroom, just to [...]

An Introduction to Design Thinking

Design Thinking. What is it? What does it do for teachers? Why am I hearing about it? Can I do it? These questions - and more - will be answered in an upcoming short series of articles, linked below. An Introduction to Design Thinking The Design Framework Researching Planning Creating Reflecting I’ve been teaching design [...]