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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Learning Science as Good For the Brain as Learning a Foreign Language? #Infographic

As both a biologist, and someone who learned a foreign language (Spanish, in my 20’s, by going to language immersion school in Mexico and Costa Rica), I’d have to say that both have helped keep my brain sharp. I’ve felt that sharp tinge of “Oh! My brain hurts!” after both a long Biology seminar, and […]

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 […]

16 Books for Science Lovers of All Ages #Infographic #STEM

I love science. I’ve always loved it, from animals to the environment, to geology and the history of life on Earth, to yicky stuff. Here is an awesome list of books for kids of all ages, who might be looking to explore. (links below the infographic)   Books for Elementary School Students Bones: Skeletons and How […]

Deeper Learning for Student Mastery #Infographic | #connected

Any teacher who loves The Scientific Method has to love The Deeper Learning Model. The Deeper Learning for Student Mastery Infographic covers the six competencies of The Deeper Learning Model, and shares strategies for using these competencies to make student learning more empowering, effective, and meaningful. As any STEM teacher knows, students learn by doing. And they […]

Want to See Huge Advances in Learning? Then Use These Tips! #social #informal #learning

I’ve had over 20 years of formal college classes. Don’t laugh, it’s really my only hobby. I’ve gotten so good at school, that I just tend to go there, and feel lost when I’m not in class. Even though I love school, I just stopped and thought about how much of my knowledge has come […]

Did I Just Write All That For Nothing??? Recovering Lost Blog Posts

I spent all morning, writing an article for my website. I used several different websites as sources, hyper-linking them, and making the article flow. I had begun the article last night, however, and when I went to publish it – I got the WordPress kiss of death. “Failure to Import. Do you want to try […]