A Different Kind of Student-Led Conference

Student-led conferences are all the rage right now, and rightfully so. They provide another opportunity for students to take control of their learning. The thing is, before public, shared, nonlinear digital portfolios, it made a ton of sense to bring parents into the classroom just so they could flip through the pages of their child's … Continue reading A Different Kind of Student-Led Conference

“The What” vs. “The How” of Education

After reading the above tweet, I've been thinking a lot about this idea that we may very well spend too much time talking about what we should teach rather than how we should teach. And the more I think about it, the more I crave conversations that concern the how of education. Learning-focused conversation is learner and … Continue reading “The What” vs. “The How” of Education

5 reasons to Drop Math Worksheets and Use “Smart” Online Programs

To learn a new math skill well, we know that students need to get adequate practice with it – successfully answering a number of problems before considering the skill mastered. Traditionally, students have gotten this practice with photocopied worksheets or a textbook. However, with the technology we now have, online “smart” programs like IXL do … Continue reading 5 reasons to Drop Math Worksheets and Use “Smart” Online Programs

How to Set Up a Week of Free Inquiry for Anywhere, Anytime Learning

When I was just a first year teacher, I placed a lot of value on my ability to control student behaviors. While students were quiet and well-behaved to the passing observer, I could sense that I was not facilitating the kind of learning experiences that I wanted from my teachers during my own education. The … Continue reading How to Set Up a Week of Free Inquiry for Anywhere, Anytime Learning

How can Moodle be used in Elementary?

My current international school is an extremely forward thinking institution with its heavy emphasis on C21 learning, including blended and personalized learning concepts and ideas. While there are many adopted technologies in our school, such as Seesaw for portfolio and social media use, our school-wide LMS is a Moodle-based platform called KICSLearns. While most people are familiar … Continue reading How can Moodle be used in Elementary?

5 Books To Start a Book Club for Teachers

There is something special about book clubs that you don't get from other forms of teacher PD. I love the feeling of finally being able to share what I've read with a group of likeminded individuals, all of whom have a different perspective on the same source material. In book clubs, everyone comes in as … Continue reading 5 Books To Start a Book Club for Teachers

5 Ways to Give Your Class Back to Your Students

Like many new teachers, I used to be uncomfortable giving up control. I saw a well functioning class as largely teacher-directed, and that if you gave students too many choices they would end up choosing poorly for themselves. How wrong I was. The following tips are some strategies that I use to make my classroom … Continue reading 5 Ways to Give Your Class Back to Your Students

Hour of Code + Caine’s Arcade Brings Creative Computer Science to Sudan

Caine's Arcade inspired classrooms across the world to value and foster the creativity inherent in all of our children. Similarly, the Hour of Code has inspired millions of children to learn the basics of computer programming. Why not combine them? For this year's Hour of Code, students in my class took their coded video games … Continue reading Hour of Code + Caine’s Arcade Brings Creative Computer Science to Sudan

Teachers Need Tech Sandbox Time

Have you ever met a teacher that had too much planning and nothing to do? Me neither. We fill our planning times and the cracks in between being extremely busy with a litany of time-consuming tasks. That's why administrators and instructional coaches like myself need to give teachers time to just play around with all … Continue reading Teachers Need Tech Sandbox Time