Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the needs of all students

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that aides educators in designing lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners. We want to reach ALL of our students in a way that works best for them. But how do we actually go about doing it? How can we design lessons that include options and […]

25 tips for connecting families with the classroom

When families are part of the learning community it has profound effects on the students. We want parents and guardians to feel involved in their child’s learning and welcomed in our classroom. Some families are involved and engaged from the moment their child steps foot in your classroom. Others may be more difficult to hook in […]

Awesome Teacher Summer: 12 ways to grow and learn

Our lives as educators totally change in the summer, don’t they? During the school year: hustle and bustle. Plan. Teach. Grade. Answer emails. Go to meetings. Collapse into bed. Repeat. In the summer, though, the pace changes. Many of us are still busy. (I’ve been to SO many baseball and softball games already!) But it’s […]

30+ ways to Ditch That Textbook: Ideas for teachers by teachers

The best thing about Twitter is the community of educators who share freely with others. Aaron Hogan, the author of Shattering the Perfect Teacher Myth, wrote that “Twitter is not going to change your life, but the educators you meet there will.” It’s true, the connections you make on Twitter will help you create a […]

10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW

Low-prep doesn’t have to mean less learning. Technology allows us to be more efficient and effective in the classroom in many ways. When we focus on sound teaching and learning, we can do high-quality learning in less time — AND take less time to prepare for it! Here are several ideas that take little to […]

4 tips to live by on Twitter

Thousands and thousands of educators around the world have grown by leaps and bounds professionally by getting connected on Twitter. Of course, it’s not the app that helps them grow. It’s the connections, ideas and people that they find there. I’m the same way. I very proudly claim that Twitter saved my teaching career. It […]

Student collaboration in shared Google Slides

Part of the reason social media has taken off so much are the connections. Seeing other people’s reaction to what you’ve shared. Learning from others. We can get the same attraction when we do collaborative learning in the classroom. Google Slides makes this possible. Really easy and quick, too. By creating a slide presentation and […]

Ditch those excuses: Helping our colleagues break barriers to change

  I’m not tech savvy like you. I need worksheets to give grades. I’ve always done it this way. Excuses, we hear them all the time. We may have even used them in the past as we were being pushed out of our comfort zone. Moving away from traditional teaching can be hard for educators […]