What you’ll find in my new book, Ditch That Textbook

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These are exciting times in education. Never before have we had so many tools, access to so much information and connections to so many quality educators. That’s my biggest excitement about being a teacher. It’s also my biggest challenge. For more than two years, I’ve written the Ditch That Textbook blog twice a week trying […]

7 kinds of social media posts educators and schools can use now


Social media has become a way of life. It’s where much of society meets and discusses life. Students are there. Their families are there. Why shouldn’t schools and educators be there, too? Some people are wary about it, but the truth is this: social media is a free, powerful, safe way to spread positive news […]

Finding the sweet spot

When we hit the sweet spot in teaching -- when we engage students and make valuable educational connections -- everyone is energized. (Flickr / David Amsler)

This weekend, my family attended two churches for Easter services. The experience really revealed to me a truth about education. On Saturday, we visited my sister’s suburban mega church, and their service was spectacular in the truest sense of the word. It started with a huge curtain illuminated with colorful lights that covered the entire stage. The […]

10 ways to connect classes to global audiences

The world is out there, ready to educate your students! Find tips for bringing it to the classroom from this junior high teacher. (Google Hangout screenshot)

Students are connecting with audiences much bigger than their school communities every day. They tweet, share photos on Instagram and write comments on various websites. Wouldn’t it make sense that teachers help guide them to share responsibly and safely AND to use it for a greater good? That’s a passion of Paula Neidlinger, a junior […]

Free ebook: 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook

You'll find great ideas, tips and tools for ditching your textbooks in this free ebook, "101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook."

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to save time and ready-to-use ideas to implement in class now. If that sounds right, you’ve come to the right place. I have compiled 101 of my best practical ideas to “Ditch That Textbook” in a free 18-page ebook. In the book, I organize some of the […]

12 tips for funding classroom projects on Donors Choose

Serious innovation can happen in classes with free tech tools, creative thinking and inspiration, among others. But sometimes, you just need some cash to create life-changing learning experiences. If your school is like me, you don’t have a money tree sprouting cash for the picking in the office. There’s a resource that feels a little like […]