Digital Teaching and Learning is Great (Until It’s Not)

The nuances of digital teaching and learning are often lost on Twitter and off-the-cuff blogs. Posts long enough to explore some of the finer points of teaching and learning today are often skipped over as being “too academic” or “too heady.” Nope, those posts aren’t written for teachers “in the trenches.” I’ve moved fully intoRead More

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 KloutRead More

Where Are the #Flipclass Chat Archives?

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I had a minor site reorganization, and I wanted to make sure everyone who relies on the chat archive each week knows how to find it. There are a couple different ways: This blog - The page hasn't been updated in a long time, but there is a link the archives under the Flipclass ChatRead More

Special #Flipclass Chat Monday, Sept. 10

Monday, September 10th is the 25th weekly #flipclass chat. After beginning back in March, we have had a great team of moderators form and had increased participation on a weekly basis. One thing we discovered this summer was that live discussions using Goole+ Hangouts On-Air were a great way to bring in experts in flippingRead More

Flipped Classroom Point

I wrote the following essay as a response to the ISTE Community Point/Counterpoint question: "To Flip, or Not to Flip?" You can see the discussion on the ISTE Community Forum. The Flipped Classroom has enjoyed a boost in popularity recently. Unfortunately, the focus has been on the distorted idea that students spend all their timeRead More

The Fishbowl – Not Your Normal Discussion

As a science teacher, we don't get many opportunities to discuss difficult topics. Sure, content discussion happen, but I envy the english and philosophy teachers who get to discuss the deep thinking questions. True debate is hard to come by with some of the other more "empirical" contents. My AP Chemistry class was debating aRead More