Just pause.

I was a mess as a soccer coach. I hadn’t played soccer myself since middle school. (Of course, in a small community where few people know much about soccer, you still get asked to coach!) But that wasn’t the issue. During one practice, I noticed something. My mouth was running constantly. I started paying attention […]

22 killer keyboard shortcuts (and a challenge!) for busy educators

Hunting and clicking is so slow. If you’re navigating your computer, laptop or Chromebook primarily by using your mouse or touchpad, you’re squandering valuable minutes every day. The antidote: keyboard shortcuts. In a simple experiment, TheKeyCuts blog found that more than 10 minutes a day can be saved with keyboard shortcuts. Over a year, that can […]

10 great ideas from Ditch That Conference #DitchCon2017

“An analog conference for a digital world.” Ditch That Conference 2017 was a hit, helping educators think about the face-to-face/digital balance and providing TONS of ideas on how to make it happen. This was the first conference of its kind and truly a dream for me. I got to imagine an event, organize it, recruit […]

How to manage Google Classroom like a boss with notifications

When you’re using Google Classroom to manage your class’s workflow, there’s a lot going on. There are assignments and announcements that you’ve created. There are student comments to respond to. There’s grading — and the comments that go with that. It can feel like you’re doing Google Classroom’s bidding — like it’s this cruel taskmaster […]

10 digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 1)

One of the hooks from the book Teach Like a PIRATE that’s most memorable to me is the Board Message Hook. In a book about engaging students, the idea of meeting students with something that’s eye-catching and thought-provoking — a statement or a picture or whatever — really resonated with me. Put a photo of something seemingly random on the […]

Belief matters: How a growth mindset unlocks confidence and achievement

Recently, I had a rather enlightening conversation with my son and three of his friends. Two of his buddies absolutely hate school. They struggle and muddle their way through. Of course, they have their own special gifts; basketball is an area where they excel. But things like reading, writing, and math? Those don’t come as […]

Updates abound: New features for Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot!

This year is no exception. In fact, just yesterday (the day before I publish this post), Flipgrid threw a HUGE bash at their Minneapolis headquarters to release the all new Flipgrid and a slew of new features. It’s a good time to be in education, folks. Technology makes all sorts of meaningful, engaging education accessible […]