Chem Thoughts – 30 Chemistry Bell Ringers to Promote Scientific Thinking and Writing

During one of our Teacher Based Teams meetings, one of our Chemistry teachers (who is also our science department head, honors teachers, and mentor teacher) had left up a slide she was using for her students to begin class. As they entered the room, one slide was projected on the Smartboard. The students would be […]

Using Technology to Present “The Four C’s of Supporting New Teachers” – Resident Educator Tips and Tricks #CFS2016

On June 13th and 14th, I was fortunate enough to be able to present at the Battelle for Kids “Connect for Success” conference at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University. My Curriculum Teammates and I presented on “The Four C’s of Supporting New Teachers,” which revolved around our Resident Educator program in Massillon City […]

Live Blogging the “Back to the Future Classroom” #FlippedClassroom Presentation #CFS2016

I’m trying something a little different today, and live blogging the presentation I’m attending at The Battelle For Kids “Connect For Success” conference in Columbus. The presenter, Dan Jones of The Richland School of Academic Arts, is discussing his Flipped Classroom approach. He created his  classroom, and then was asked to share it  with John […]

How Can Principals Keep Their Google Drive Files and Folders in Check? The File Cabinet Funnel System

I don’t know about you, but my Google Drive is HUGE after this school year’s collection of Docs, Sheets, and Slides. I’ve created so many items, it’s almost overwhelming. I know it’s overwhelming for other teachers and administrators in my district as well. We share so much, create so many documents, and do so many […]

Teacher Interview Questions to Determine Expertise, Collaboration, and Fit

Over the course of the last week, I have had the honor of participating in several teacher interviews for my district. It has been a fascinating process for me, because the principals I was observing had such an interesting style of doing interviews. The principals had concocted this interview protocol rubric, that had each of […]

7 Habits to Learn to Think Like a #Scientist #Infographic

There is no doubt that “thinking like a scientist” helps me in my everyday life. I am constantly asking questions, doing research, modifying my routines and practices, and looking at data. I am a problem solving machine! In fact, a lot of the joy I have is in coming up with new and innovative ways […]

No, you cannot “remove” a revision history from a Google Doc

I was recently asked the question, “Do you know if students can change or delete revision history in Docs/Slides?  Thanks!” After a bit of Googling, I found this on the Google Docs Product Forum. It basically describes this problem: “I made a few changes to a document just to check a few numbers, but then was planning […]

Keyboarding is the New Cursive

When I hear “Why don’t we teach kids cursive anymore?” my mind automatically goes to “Because of keyboarding. Keyboarding is vital to student success. It’s vital to lifelong learning, and productivity. Kids really don’t need cursive anymore… They need to know how to type, use digital tools, and be productive in our global society. Cursive […]

The Power of the PLN and Curriculum Design

I have been on both signs of curriculum – the user, and the creator. I’ve been on many textbook and software adoption committees, and I always find myself modifying, adding, and augmenting the curriculum, because it does not exactly fit my needs. For that reason, I’ve chosen to write my own curriculum, and design my […]

How Can I Write About Technology in Education, When I’m Not the Expert?

A lot of people have been asking me why I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ve given the standard “I’m busy right now” answer, but I hadn’t realized that wasn’t why I wasn’t posting. I haven’t been posting, because in the position I’m in right now, I’m not the expert. Let me explain. A lot […]