Teacher

I’m really struggling. I lost my job in November and I’m in the midst of trying to balance what I do with who I am. I wrote in January about the confusion I feel with identity. It’s even bigger now, with more questions than answers. Bill Ferriter was kind enough to leave a very wise comment for me: I definitely…

More Email Management Tips

Email is a bear. The Oatmeal covered it pretty thoroughly. I use a few little tricks with Gmail that many people don’t know about, so I figured I’d share a few. Maybe one will help you out. 1. Use filters and create labels. Our inboxes get filled up so fast with so many different things, it’s easy to lose an…

Homework is a Red Herring

Polarization is easy to achieve, but it’s hard to undo. Education is riddled with polarizing issues, both political and practical, and the issue of homework is one of the worst. The central argument: Homework doesn’t benefit students, and you shouldn’t be giving it. Aside from pushing buttons and for increasing retweets, search hits, and Klout scores, the homework argument doesn’t…

My Space

(No, not that myspace.) I’m on my computer a lot. Having been a remote worker for 18 months and taking classes online, I needed somewhere to focus. When we bought our house, our bedroom had some recessed shelving already installed. Mishra et al. (2013) refer to architect, Christopher Alexander, and his suggestion that “the environment is best shaped by those…

Shape Games

Featured image creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Jonas Tana Shape is immensely important in science. The shape of a molecule, bone, or any other structure partially determines its function. When studying microstructures, it can be difficult for students to really grasp the complex three-dimensional structures that are proteins. I think a good analogy for this…

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Steve Llano for winning a copy of Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement! Steve, please send me your mailing address through my contact form and I’ll get your book in the mail. I have more copies to give away, so be sure to subscribe or add this blog to your RSS reader so you don’t miss the next…

Book Giveaway – Thanksgiving Edition

The first major break of the holidays is upon us, and I’m in the mood to do some giveaways. Over the last 18 months, I’ve contributed (along with the likes of Steve Kelly, Kristin Daniels, Crystal Kirch, and more) to some fantastic books and I’ve got some extra copies that need to be read. For this round, I’m giving away…

Are We Already in a Tech Dystopia?

Featured image creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Wonderlane I apologize for the click-baity title, but I think it helps get to the root of some emerging issues in the tech and education landscapes. I’ve got four problems briefly outlined with proposed solutions beneath. As always, comments are welcome. Problem 1 – Closed Content Schools nationwide…