What the Little League World Series Can Teach Us in the Classroom

If you didn’t follow this month’s Little League World Series, you missed out on some amazing baseball and really great kids. I live in Lewisberry, PA. We are located approximately 100 miles from Williamsport, PA, the home to the Little League World Series. The close proximity makes it a given that I will pay attention […]

My New Video – Teaching Fundamentals: Project Based Learning

It has been months in the making. It involved outlines, script writing, read throughs with my producer, and a very chilly day in the studio, but it is finally finished! Take a look at the content and let me know what you think. It was a great experience, learning all of the behind the scenes […]

An End of the Year Project that ALL Classrooms Should Commit to Implementing

The school year is winding down. Standardized testing season is over (unless you are finishing up your AP exams this week). Summer is upon us. Thus, it is the perfect time to implement an authentic learning experience, a project based learning unit, or a learner led challenge. Whatever you want to call it, makes no […]

Don’t Add Technology to a Lesson Just for the Sake of Technology

My 5th grader spent five minutes crying about her homework when she arrived home from school, today. I could write an entire post on this, and have written similar posts, in the past. However, I noted one of the busywork activities she was asked to complete related to the use of Web 2.0 tools. As […]

The Importance of Learner and Educator Reflection

I talk a lot about the need for learners to reflect when involved in the process of, well, learning. Whether it is a more traditional assignment or a more extensive authentic learning experience, reflection is a tool for growth. A once and done approach only serves to penalize learners for, in my opinion, points in […]

Learners versus Students

I have recently made a very conscious decision in my use of words. I have chosen to no longer use the word “student” when referring to those that I have had the privilege to have in my classroom or to those that other educators have had the privilege of guiding. The decision was more or […]

Why I Don’t Use the Word “Grit” in Education

This weekend, as I was trying to decide if I should get out of bed before 8:00 AM, I was sucked into a Twitter conversation about the use of the word “grit.” It was not what I was expecting on a Saturday morning, after a late night flight arrival home. Nonetheless, my friend and colleague, […]

Spider Web Discussions as a Formative Assessment

Several years ago, I began implementing more classroom opportunities for my students to practice their verbal communication skills. Having access to unlimited technology had allowed me to support their online and written communication skills, but I still saw a lack of both oral and listening skills on the part of my juniors and seniors. There […]

Education and “The Voice”: What’s the Connection?

I have a secret. I like a dose of reality television every once in a while. Not the “Real Housewives” or “Jersey Shore” kind of reality television, but for some reason, for the first time ever, I got sucked into watching “The Voice.” Really, it was a toss up between that and “Dancing with the […]

Let’s Move Past the Era of Worksheets!

I recently cleaned out my 5th grade daughter’s backpack to find a plethora of crumpled up worksheets. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I was shocked. In fact, earlier in the week, I reviewed my first grade daughter’s gifted homework that consisted of a packet of worksheets related to a fifth grade level book she is […]