Citation Makers – Should the Students Cite by Hand, or is Technology Better?

In a recent discussion in a Facebook Group, a teacher asked “The teachers in my new English department are completely against online citation makers. They feel that they (the websites) occasionally make errors and kids should learn all the commas, semi-colons, etc. of typing their own citations. I respectfully disagree and believe the most important […]

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 […]

The Principles of Instruction #Infographic – Constant Improvement is Universal

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 […]

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 […]

We Shape Our (Technology) Tools, and Then Our (Technology) Tools Shape Us

Innovation is Not About Stuff, It’s About Our Way of Thinking We often hear about this new innovation that we HAVE to purchase. If we purchase this program, this tool, this technology, it will TRANSFORM the way we do things. And then we wonder how we ended up with all this useless, outdated stuff, laying […]

What is Your Personal Mission As An Educational Leader?

Q: What do you want your students to do? You might say “learn all the material” or “be kind to each other” or “work well together” or “understand the curriculum.” Your school may have a mission statement. “Prepare learners of the future.” “Inspire all students.” “Develop College and Career Readiness.” “Empower all Students to Become […]

Tips and Tricks for Conducting Online Research

Hey y’all! Happy New Year, and hope your January is rocking! I made a resolution to keep better connected to the district, and listening to teacher requests. So I looked on my calendar, and if I didn’t do it today, I was going to have already failed at my resolution. So here you go! We’ve […]

Scooping and Pinning and Pearltrees, Oh My! What’s Your Favorite Collection Tool?

Today I was reading an article from Teach Thought, “How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn.” When I got to the bottom of the article, I saw that it had been added to several Pearltrees collections. I followed the links, and found some great resources that other educators had organized. Instant […]

Nixing Negative Nancy – 10 Tips for Increasing Teacher Positivity

We all know those teachers… Teacher A: Those kids are driving me nuts! They were so bad yesterday! It was like they all snorted Pixie sticks! Jumping and screaming and acting like hooligans. And I bet they are gonna do it today, too! It’s like a troupe of monkeys! Except for that slug student. He […]