Leveraging Technology to Promote Teacher Collaboration

Each week, I receive email updates and articles from District Administration.  I must admit, sometimes I skim or quickly delete these emails when I am overwhelmed by the number of messages flooding my inbox.  However, this week I am stuck at home on a couch post-surgery and have nothing but time for reading.  And, thank… Read More Leveraging Technology to Promote Teacher Collaboration

The End is Near! Projects and Activities to Keep Students Engaged

Can you believe it? School is almost out for the summer!  The much anticipated break you’ve worked tirelessly for all year is finally within reach.  No more holding your pee for 90-minute blocks.  No more repeatedly telling a child to get off of Snap Chat.  No more lengthy PD sessions.  No more grading papers until… Read More The End is Near! Projects and Activities to Keep Students Engaged

Students Don’t Need Teachers Part 1: Problem-Solving

In last week’s post, I talked about how students today no longer need teachers to give them information; they need teachers to facilitate what to do with the information.  This involves teaching particular skills over teaching content.  The first of these skills that needs to be reinforced in schools–and at home–is problem-solving.  When I meet… Read More Students Don’t Need Teachers Part 1: Problem-Solving

Teacher Feature: Connecting Students to Real-World Problems

As a former English teacher, I can’t count the number of times my inbox was flooded with poetry contests, writing contests, art contests, music contests…you name, there is a contest for it—I promise.  Most of the time, I either deleted the emails or had good intentions of sharing them with students and became too busy… Read More Teacher Feature: Connecting Students to Real-World Problems

If Social & Emotional Needs Aren’t Being Met, Technology Integration Suffers

Over the years, I have been in classrooms in different schools, divisions, and states.  I have listened to educators speak about the failures of technology and the failures of the students.  Most of the time, the conversations hint at a direct correlation between the students failing and technology failing.  While this is true in a… Read More If Social & Emotional Needs Aren’t Being Met, Technology Integration Suffers

Teacher Feature: Setting Students Up For Success With Technology

This week, English 10 rockstar, Maeghan Christie, invited me to help introduce her second semester students to Office 365 and Class Notebooks.  What I love about her invitation is that she didn’t say, “will you come do this for me?”  Instead, she said, “will you be there as support in case they need it?”  This… Read More Teacher Feature: Setting Students Up For Success With Technology