No, Today’s Students Don’t Learn Differently

If you're working in instructional support (#edtech, instructional tech, learning support...whatever you want to call it) you've probably heard, "Today's students just learn differently." No they don't. Writers will write. Storytellers will tell stories. Musicians will make music. Athletes will compete. People have drives to be creative, curious, playful, impactful, relevant... What's different is theRead More

Teach Like a Teacher

Teaching is being overrun by impostors. Perhaps I'm reading into something, but the explosion of "Teach Like a [thing]" culture scares me. Culturally, have we reached a place in education where taking on a persona to find inspiration for change is the best option for our students? Simile is powerful and inspiration comes in manyRead More

Improving Questions, Part 2

Before starting this post, please go back and look at Part 1 to get the research justification for the outline below. In an effort to make research more accessible and visible in the implementation of new ideas, here is a practical, "how-to" explanation of ways to get students to ask better questions. While all ofRead More

Help! Another Survey!

This Sunday, I'm jetting off to Germany for a one week, three city, two-conference tour with fellow TechSmithie, Anton Bollen. Part of my trip is speaking with German educators about Flipped Learning, and this year, specifically about student responses (both good and bad) to flipping. If you have five minutes to spare, I would reallyRead More

Flipped Learning and Control

I was able to join some fantastic educators today last Friday for a Flipped Learning workshop hosted by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. I was part of a group from TechSmith, while Dan Spencer, Laura Bell, Jonathan Palmer, Missy McCarthy, Delia Bush, David Fouch, and Greg Green were panelists for the workshop. I'veRead More

Spring Service Projects

This spring, I'm asking my homeroom students to perform some type of service project. The type of project is up to them, but I've encouraged them to think as locally as they can. Whether that's the school or the neighborhood they live in doesn't matter to me. I have a couple that already have ideasRead More

Reform the School Day to Reform Schools

Schools and children are dictated by the bell schedule. Classes are 57 minutes, except for math and English, which are 87 minutes, because they're tested at the end of the year. You have three minutes to get to your next class, where you then wash, rinse and repeat. Unless we can break the cycles thatRead More