20+ ways to supercharge your summer learning

Summer is a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. It’s a time to focus on our lives outside of education and recharge. It can also be an opportunity to grow as an educator. Whether it’s through professional development training, online courses (check out information on the NEW Tech to Learn course below) or tackling that pile of […]

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 […]

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 […]

20+ ideas for maximizing student voice

All student have a voice. Some students share their voice often, some rarely, and some almost never. We want to hear from ALL of our students. But what does encouraging student voice really mean? How do we creatively incorporate ways for students to showcase themselves in our lessons? And how can we use student voice to […]

The war on cheating: Real talk about the copy/paste battle

Cheating. It happens, a lot. A quick glance at another student’s test. Copying an entire page of math homework right before class. An internet search on the same topic assigned results in a copy and paste of a few paragraphs. Many students do it and it’s a HUGE problem in education. What can we do […]

Creating a healthy school culture: 12 small shifts that make a BIG difference

When we talk about school culture we are referring to the attitudes of the school community, the relationships between staff members and beliefs they share. A healthy school culture is collaborative, supportive, encouraging and has a positive impact on staff, students and families. An unhealthy school culture has the opposite effect. A healthy school culture […]

40+ ideas for making technology integration meaningful

Almost daily teachers are bombarded with shiny new apps designed for education. It can be enough to make our heads spin. We WANT to use technology that is meaningful and manageable for ourselves and our students. We don’t want “one more thing”. Technology, when used with purpose can have incredible effects on student learning. We are able […]

Unlocking motivation in the classroom: Strategies and tools from fellow educators

Getting to the gym. Folding that pile of laundry. Writing a new blog post.Some projects we find easier to get motivated for than others. The same is true for our students, our fellow educators and ourselves in the classroom. Motivation has a powerful impact in education. However, increasing motivation is one of the biggest challenges teachers […]