I can’t help but to laugh about the ‘new’ craze for lots of schools wanting to create an Outdoor Classroom. It’s absolutely not funny as to why everyone is now into this, as we approach the 2020-2021 school year in a global pandemic; but having taught outside for most of my 23 year teaching career, […]Read more "The ‘new’Outdoor Classroom: 10 tips for success"
SMART goals, UBD, curriculum maps, PBL, etc… are fine. However, if you are an educator, regardless of how long you have been teaching, my advice is that you have ONE goal this school year. Pretty simple…be AWESOME with students. I don’t mean be really good or great… I mean be AWESOME with them. They need […]Read more "Be awesome with students: your only “back to school” goal"
By far and without question, the number one advancement in my 22 years in the classroom has been the improvement of technology. I laugh about my first year teaching because I can still remember advancing the filmstrip projector in my classroom as the cassette tape beeped.Read more "Become amazing with SOME technology"
“If you are like me, you also receive a lot of emails that you definitely do NOT want to receive. However, somewhere along the line you signed up for them, intentionally or not. Summer is good time, when you do check your emails, to work through the inbox and UNSUBSCRIBE to the lots of emails that you may get.”Read more "Your Inbox – How to manage school email on summer break"
May is the ‘winner’ of the busiest month award for everyone in the education world as far as I’m concerned. So, how do we mange this? How do we push through to the end of the year as to not limp across the finish line, but to run all the way through it?Read more "Leave a great LAST impression: How to run through the finish line at the end of the school year"
“The longer of I have taught, the more I have tried to use that model. Admittedly, I let that slip a little lately and noticed that my students started to work their way further and further away from the front of the room and move toward what I like to call the “Corner of Apathy.” So, I put up the caution tape and attached the note you see in the picture.”Read more "The Black Hole of Learning"
We are now role modeling for young men (and old) that you can speak at a female voice in any manner whatsoever and she will immediately respond to your request regardless of how speak to her! NOT OK… We have plenty of young men who already have enough poor role modeling of how to treat women in their lives, we don’t need an AI to help with that cause.Read more "“Alexa… please stop allowing bad role modeling and stereotyping women!”"
Of course, the crisis we deal with at schools and camps may not be as life or death as a hurricane, however, whatever it may be, preparing yourself for the face of adversity can make a difference for the way you respond in front of kids. Here are some big takeaways I have gotten from watching these true calm, cool and collected role models.Read more "Catastrophe: 5 Ways to role model being the eye of the storm for others"
When I recently asked my wife if I talk too much or if I’m becoming “that person” (you know that person, AKA: The human rain delay) she said “Yeah, sometimes.” (that’s why I love her, really) So what I’m about to write and try to do is going to be a struggle.Read more "One simple goal for the 2017-2018 School year: Avoid being a human rain delay!"
He literally said “I will NOT talk to THOSE people!” My response was one of dismay and I said something like “What the heck (um, not heck) man?! I AM one of the THOSE people and what do you mean?” He then proceeded to GO OFF about us (teachers) as audience members…Read more "“I will NOT talk to THOSE people.” AKA: The world’s WORST audience members of all time!"