When a Software Vendor Masquerades as a Presenter at a Conference #OETC2016

I’ve been to a lot of conferences in my time in education – close to 20 years. I’ve seen some wonderful presentations, and the OSBA (Ohio School Board Association) this year was PHENOMENAL! I actually learned more about technology at OSBA than at OETC (Ohio Education Technology Conference). I never expected what happened at OETC, […]

What This Teacher Said to Me, Has Lasted a Lifetime… and It Hurt

When I was in the 7th grade, one of my teachers used to call me “Hollingsworthless.” I tried to laugh it off, and play it cool for the rest of the peers around me, but it hurt. It stuck with me, forever. I think a lot of what I’ve done with my life, was me […]

To Thrill, or To Teach? #edchat


The first day, in front of a new group of students. Maybe you were thrilled. Maybe you were terrified. The definition of a thrill is temporary excitement, usually experienced for the first time. It’s thrilling to ride a roller coaster. The fifth time you have to ride it, though, it’s more than a chore, it’s […]

When given the option, I’d rather learn from success

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When we want our students to be able to pass a test, who do you want tutoring your students? Kids who passed their tests, or failures? When we want our teachers to improve, who does the professional development? Professors from a university program, or teachers who hate teaching? When we want our child to learn […]

The Principles of Instruction #Infographic – Constant Improvement is Universal

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Teaching is both an art, and a science. Many of the best teachers seem to naturally take to this model, as they perfect the art of teaching. But the science behind it makes sense, as well. Think about anything you’ve attempted to learn to do. If you wanted to learn to be a better blogger, you […]

A Passport to Global Citizenship #Infographic

As many of you know, I have been fortunate enough to travel the world. I have two amazing parents who valued travel and adventure. We have been on scuba diving excursions in The Caribbean and South Africa, hiked The Galapagos Islands, and toured Australia. I’ve been to Spanish language school in Puebla, Mexico, and took […]

The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned From Successful Educators AKA A “Snapshot of Greatness.”

There is no way I  could boil “education” down to a top five list for the over-arching theme. One thing I do, however, that helps me, is to make a top 5 list when I see someone doing it right. A “Snapshot of Greatness.” For example: One of the best teachers I remember from Texas […]

All My Best Lessons Are The Ones I Haven’t Taught… Yet.

I so envy my child. He’s 8 years old, and the minute his head hits the pillow at night, he’s out. Peaceful slumber. How does he do that? When I lie awake at night, I often rehearse the day’s events. I should have said _____. I should have done _____ differently. Why didn’t I tell […]

Fire Alarms or Firm Foundation? What the Best Schools Do Differently

There is no doubt that teachers, principals, and other administrators have to deal with putting out fires. It’s just part of the job. Every stakeholder in education is human – and humans do some weird stuff. It’s easy to put out fires (for the most part) when you have a firm foundation in place. A […]

Tips & Tools For Creating Infographics #Infographic

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I absolutely love infographics. Telling a story, using visual cues, stimulates the reader in ways words alone cannot. I haven’t made too many fancy ones myself, but I like to share the ones I find that I like. I use Canva for my graphic arts needs (and I’m ok, but no where near a graphic […]