How video games can help students in class, at home

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

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

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 […]

10 life hacking tips for educators

In workshops I’ve run, I often ask teachers, “What are the hurdles to reaching your professional goals?” The most popular answer is always the same. Always. Time. So many of us educators feel overworked. We don’t have enough time to accomplish the important work that will have a huge impact on our students’ lives — […]

Creating classroom fireworks to get students saying WOW!

Attention economy is a term that many in business are paying attention to. There’s lots of noise in media and in our everyday lives. Organizations are doing whatever they can to get people’s attention. Social media marketing. Billboards. Emails. Advertising in unique locations. (The ads they stick above urinals in the men’s room are a […]

10 reasons to try Genius Hour this school year

For me, my Genius Hour project was learning BASIC. I was in middle school, and this programming code intrigued me. We didn’t have any computer science classes except for a six-week “Introduction to Computers” rotation class. So I started tinkering with it on my computer at home. I found books to learn new commands. Then […]

10 ways to start the school year with a bang

The beginning of the school year is such an invigorating time. It’s still so full of potential and possibility. Plus, there’s that joy that we teachers get from new school supplies (something I’m sure is not fully appreciated by most other professions!). As we gear up for the new school year (or have already begun […]

How school can look more like an episode of Phineas and Ferb

With three elementary-aged kids at home, I’ve seen my fair share of Disney Channel shows. It started with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse many years ago and has since evolved to Good Luck Charlie. (I’ll actually get the theme song for that one stuck in my head and sing it all day. Not by choice.) I’ll tolerate […]