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

Using Someone Else’s Videos in Your Class

In November 2015, an independent model showed YouTube received around 500 hours of video content uploaded every minute. There are 1440 minutes in a day, meaning there was roughly 720,000 hours of video every day. That’s a lot of videos. Granted, many are of cats, kids, and Barbie Jeep Racing, so it’s not necessarily qualityRead More

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

Review Questions with Spreadsheets

I wanted to use a new method of reviewing with students as we wrap up our cell activity unit. I've been working with my students on forming questions with the question formulation strategy around content as well as finding new ways to build content knowledge resources. We're at the point in the year where detailsRead More

Introducing: Endnote Generator Add On

A year ago, I posted a script which converts footnotes in a Google Doc into endnotes. I've gotten great comments and feedback and have made the standalone script better, which is still available. The Endnote Generator Add-On is now available in the Chrome Web Store for Docs. Install it once and you'll be able toRead More

Building a Custom Web App from Google Sheets

I'm working with a group of teachers to run a mock election this week. They had a basic Form set up for students to vote along with two other "pie-in-the-sky" ideas: Assign electoral votes by homeroom to simulate the Electoral College. Have a live-update view of the election teachers could show in their classrooms. ElectoralRead More