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 […]

Family, virtual, community: Ideas for finding an audience for your students

They’re out there, waiting for what your students have to offer. An audience. It could be parents, grandparents and other family. It could be members of your local community who want to cheer them on. It could be people all over the world that want to see student succeed. We all know that students have […]

Cultivating creativity in the classroom: Ideas for teachers by teachers

As we move further and further into the digital age, creativity continues to surge to the top of skills students will need in the future. Barbara Dyer, president of The Hitachi Foundation, wrote that creativity is no longer an option in the workplace. Creativity and innovation are key requirements for the growth and adaptation of […]

20+ sources of great digital content for your class

The Internet is a treasure trove of information and resources for learning. Not all of those resources are created equal, and not all were meant for the classroom. If we can find the right ones, it can transform an otherwise lifeless lesson. But how do we find the right ones? And when we do, how […]