Ultra-Specific Classification

The edu-blogification of ideas gets overwhelming. Six years ago, I went to a workshop on using videos to help with my instruction. We called it the flipped classroom and it helped me work more effectively with my students. I learned about my own strengths and weaknesses (watching your videos day after day is a greatRead More

2017 End of Year Notes

In what's become a half-tradition, some unfiltered thoughts as I finish another school year. Splitting time between teaching and instructional coaching is really, really difficult. It's hard to pour into both equally. Next year, I'm going to be coaching 100% of the time. I still need to work on alternative assessment and measurement methods. UsingRead More

Tech Training Outside of Content

Our district is distributing 13,000 iPads in the next 24 months. We have ~1,300 staff who need to be trained on instructional methods with technology in addition to functional training on a new platform, using GSuite effectively and building a course in Canvas. Training has been touchpoint number one for our team. We're not inRead More

Badges? We Might Want to Think About Stinking Badges…

Some initial, mostly unfiltered thoughts on digital badges from a professional development perspective: Most badging programs are too simple. They focus on rote skill and don't have a clear pathway for building competency on a holistic level. Buy in, like any other initiative, is extremely important. Badging isn't enticing on it's own. And being enticingRead 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

Building a Custom Registration Form with Google Apps

One of the main responsibilities my team has is offering and running training on a number of resources teachers in the district have access to. The most popular, because of their new-ness, are Google Apps (GSuite...whatever) and Canvas. Because we offer so many workshops, our Drive is full of copies of copies of copies ofRead More

If You Haven’t Changed Practice, Don’t Call It Flipped

When I try new things, the fear really sets in as I'm giving instructions and trying to pick up on the nonverbal cues my students are sending me. Most days, they roll with it. Other days...well, there is usually some kind of course correction in there. But it's part of my practice now. Not crashingRead More