Jul
25
2014
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Organizing Google Drive For Your New School Year

I have drunk the Google Drive Kool-Aid.  I used it daily last year, and I am now a convert.  However, as a result of my recent condition that I’m calling Googlenthusiasm, my inbox and Drive are now ready for a ...
Jul
22
2014
2

Having Any Nightmares About the Start of School Yet?

I posted the following on Facebook earlier today and got such a fun response, I just had to put it out there in a bigger way:   Had my first start-of-year-stress-dream last night. My collaborative tables had been replaced with rows of ...
Mar
10
2014
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Speech and Debate Secret Sauce: Building Community in Any Classroom

As I’ve recently written, I am the coach of a very successful and very large middle school speech & debate team.  It’s a huge job to coach all of these kids, but it’s amazingly rewarding.  It’s rewarding to know that ...
Sep
23
2012
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New Shakespeare Collaborative Project: Anyone Interested?

Rarely do I hit up my readers for help, but I'm looking for classrooms to participate in, what I believe to be, a cool interdisciplinary Project Based Learning opportunity that combines Shakespeare and the digital era. I was talking to Nina ...
Jul
14
2012
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What’s In a Name? – The Questionable Branding of the “Common” Core

Every staff meeting, in every school, is the same.   OK, so maybe that’s hyperbolic, but I’m sure we’ve all been there at one time or another: an administrator comes in and declares the new instructional practice du jour. There are ...
May
23
2010
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How “Lost” is like Education

So here I am watching “Lost: The Final Journey,” and I heard the following exchange between the producers and cast that (as does much these days) got me thinking about education: Carlton Cruse (Producer): The first really profound moment on the ...
Mar
05
2010
3

“Podcasting with 70 Middle Schoolers”: CUE 2010

Thank you to everyone who attended my session today at CUE on "Podcasting with 70 Middle Schoolers." As promised, here is the keynote itself to peruse at your leisure. As with everything on my site, this work is ...
Feb
18
2010
1

When the Aliens Attack, Will Education Unite?

I just took a look at the recently released Metlife Survey of the American Teacher, and its section on "Effective Teaching and Leadership."  This section of the survey reported much about the opinions of teachers and administrators, focusing much of ...
Sep
24
2009
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Why I’m Jealous of Teach For America or Collaboration on the Can

I don't mean to whine, but I'm feeling neglected. For all my questions about the eventual impact on education with TFA, I find myself a little pouty that they get all this professional development and I don't.
Sep
01
2009
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What Every 5th Grader REALLY Needs to Know

So I've become a Guy Kawasaki fan. It all started when I was searching for commencement day speeches for my Speech and Debate team to compete with. I found his "Hindsight".

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