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

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

Sages and Lunatics: You May Be One

My previous three posts looked at ideas from John Spencer's book Sages and Lunatics. I could go deeper because it is full of great discussion points, but I'd rather you just read the book. This is the final post. It is incredibly difficult to spot the difference between a sage and a lunatic because atRead More

Sages and Lunatics: Blogs as the New EduText

This is the third post in a series reflecting on John Spencer's Sages and Lunatics. Most of the books are practical manuals on how to run a classroom. They offer quick, handy, time-saving ideas. The time of the textbook has come and gone. Schools aren't renewing subscriptions, moving instead to things like 1:1 programs orRead More