Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

Photo by Edward Jenner on Pexels.com Teaching during a global pandemic has been the most challenging experience of our professional lives. As we pass the first anniversary of schools shifting to hybrid or remote instruction, it’s worth appreciating what we have accomplished through many rounds of trials and tribulations. The silver lining of this tumultuous … Continue reading Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

6 Scaffolding Strategies & 16 tools to implement them during Remote Learning

I wish I could register every moment of confusion in my student’s eyes, peek over their shoulder at the passage they’re struggling with, and simply pull up a chair next to a student that needs help. Instead, I’m scanning 25 miniature faces while squinting at tiny boxes of screens and frantically giving feedback as quickly … Continue reading 6 Scaffolding Strategies & 16 tools to implement them during Remote Learning

9 Ideas to Help Plan for Hybrid A/B Schedules

The start of every school year is filled with exciting beginnings and opportunities to try new activities & lessons. This year is different. Anxiety levels have reached unprecedented levels as we try to make plans that will quickly change depending on the spread of COVID in their communities. Many districts have chosen to start the school … Continue reading 9 Ideas to Help Plan for Hybrid A/B Schedules

3 Tips to Make Teaching via Videoconferencing more Collaborative & Engaging

Trying to transition a traditional curriculum to an online setting can be overwhelming especially as we juggle taking care of our own families. The biggest struggle for me has been feeling a constant state of dissatisfaction because I feel like I'm not reaching every student; this has led to a lot of trial & error. … Continue reading 3 Tips to Make Teaching via Videoconferencing more Collaborative & Engaging

21st Century Humanities PD

The steady stream of developments in education technology along with the books and blogs touting the newest, most student-centered methods of teaching makes it difficult to discern fads from true instructional innovations. Technology should shift how students learn. However, without appropriate professional development teachers will be overwhelmed by the speed with which technology changes or merely replicate traditional teaching … Continue reading 21st Century Humanities PD

Download & Print from Google Classroom

Normally, I'm opposed to printing student assignments. With the proper workflow, I've found that I can offer more timely feedback in digital format, not to mention save acres of trees. However, there are times when you might find that you need to print entire classes worth of documents submitted on Google Classroom. It can be tedious … Continue reading Download & Print from Google Classroom

Cognitive Science in the Classroom

I enjoy reading Daniel Willingham’s work because he makes complex but important findings in cognitive science accessible to the average, busy teacher like me. I was first introduced to his writing a few years ago when I came across his book Why Don’t Students Like School? Recently, I discovered that he has written a number … Continue reading Cognitive Science in the Classroom

What Teachers can Learn from The Originals by Adam Grant

Recently I listened to the audiobook The Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant. Although the primary audience for his book are entrepreneurs and business people, many of his ideas are very applicable to teachers and school leaders. Teachers too often bring each other down. We champion our causes (ed tech, project based learning, gamification, flipped … Continue reading What Teachers can Learn from The Originals by Adam Grant

Information Literacy & Fake News

The recent election and the growing popularity of social media have created new urgency in the battles English and Social Studies teachers along with Librarians are fighting constantly---combating fake news. A powerful resource that could help in this effort is http://www.checkology.or. Although the paid version offers teachers more features for monitoring student progress, there are … Continue reading Information Literacy & Fake News