10-Part “Advanced Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind!” Part 1 – Fundations Progress Monitoring Sheet

On February 16th, 2017, I gave a presentation to a packed house entitled “10 Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind (plus some tips and tricks).” Here is the description of my talk (you can skip it if you were there 🙂 : Google Sheets is a free online data management tool that is part of […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Go-To Strategies for High School Teachers

One of the best parts of my job is providing teachers with professional development that gives them the time and resources to extend what they are doing in their classes. Today, we had a wonderful day of collaboration time with our TBTs (Teacher-Based Teams), and consultants from Creative Leadership Solutions. Each TBT was working on […]

Success Doesn’t Come From Buzzwords – Great Schools Do Not Happen Overnight

It’s easy to envy successful schools. People look at them, and say things like “Of course they are successful. They have _________.” A wealthy community. Lots of resources. A strong Parent-Teacher Organization. Technology. A visionary leader. No diversity. This list is limitless. But successful schools are not built overnight. You can’t drop a textbook, a […]