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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

100-year-old advice to shape our activities and lessons today

It’s amazing how wisely John Dewey could speak to educators today in an age without digital devices and the Internet. In Dewey’s day, individualization and differentiation of instruction was heresy. Rote memorization and recitation were common practices. The more I dig back through his life, his views on education and his quotes, the more I learn about […]

Raid the Supply Closet: 50+ creative remixes of standard class supplies

We know that poster board makes posters and that paper clips hold papers together. But what if they had hidden super powers? The things you may have laying around the classroom may be the keys to unlocking some exciting, engaging learning activities. (Or if you don’t have them, they could be at the top of […]

How do you ditch “safe teaching” when prepping for THE test?

In a recent blog post, I suggested that what we consider “safe teaching” might be risky teaching after all. In this post, I talked about how all the traditional, overused teaching techniques — lectures, worksheets, etc. — are easy for students to ignore. And when they’re ignoring instruction, there might as well be no instruction […]