10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Students crave feedback, but it has to be timely to matter. Here are some strategies for feedback students will WANT to read. (Wikimedia / Carla OLPC Wiki / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Slow. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped […]

Commitment is good. Connections are better.

We can go far when we're committed, but our limitations stop us. We're unstoppable when we're connected. (Public domain image via Canva)

Inspiration seems to strike when we don’t expect it, doesn’t it? I was listening to the radio recently and during a commercial break, they played an excerpt of a speech that stopped me in my tracks. The speaker, Levi Lusko, dropped this line, this knowledge bomb, and immediately I knew I liked it. “Commitment is […]

Preparing students for a start-up, entrepreneur-driven world

As the world changes, skills necessary for start-ups and entrepreneurs are key. See how to bring them to the classroom. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Jeff Hoffman created his first company as a student at Yale University. It was a software company called Competitive Technologies, and it was eventually acquired by American Express. He went on to create a company that helps consumers book travel with airlines, hotels and rental cars at a discount. You may have heard of it. […]

Digging into design thinking: 10 key ideas

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It’s well documented that the world is moving away from routine, repetitive, low cognitive capacity jobs. The “four C’s” — critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity — are on the rise. Instead of being told what to do, workers will need to do more brainstorming, more creating, more problem solving. What better way to learn […]

15 YouTube videos all educators must see

These videos will inspire, educate, give you ideas and entertain. They're messages all educators should see! (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Whenever I work with teachers, I always have a YouTube playlist handy. It has videos that always seem to resonate, entertain, educate or inspire. I constantly find encouragement in videos that others share. And in a world where well produced, stunning videos can be created by virtually anyone, it’s easier to find than ever. Here […]

How video games can help students in class, at home

Adults worry about kids' video game time constantly. A researcher suggests that video games can really help kids at home and in the classroom. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Games are a daily part of our existence for most of us. We play video games on our phones, our tablets, our computers, or TVs … almost everywhere. We take part in games through rewards programs, accumulating points with our favorite restaurants, hotels and stores to redeem. Elements of games are showing up more and […]

20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching

When teachers share their life's work with other teachers, students and schools flourish. Here are 20 books for teachers, by teachers. (Image by Matt Miller)

I wrote my book, Ditch That Textbook, in 2014 and it was published in spring 2015. When that book was published, I didn’t realize that I would be part of a huge movement to equip and empower teachers. My book was published by Dave Burgess Consulting, led by Dave and Shelley Burgess. Dave wrote Teach […]

Improve retention, re-teach less with this learning technique

Many well-meaning teachers have been giving bad advice when it comes to studying. Cognitive science gives us a better option that will benefit everyone. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

What if you didn’t have to spend so much time re-teaching material to your students? What if that material was securely saved in their minds, ready for recall whenever necessary? And they could apply that knowledge to whatever they were learning at the moment? Even though there’s no magic bullet to make students remember everything […]