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"
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!"
No, it doesn’t fit into your state curriculum. It’s not in the “Standards” or the “Frameworks”, however if you are in any way trying to make great connections with students (what teacher worth their salt isn’t?), I think it is a MUST in your year.Read more "Your MOST important :20 minutes of teaching that no one talks about"
This past week I had the opportunity to present four education sessions at the MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association) summer conference at UMASS in Amherst, MA. When I present at conferences I try to stick to themes and ideas and create ‘what can teachers/administrators use immediately’ types of sessions. I know as an educator, those types of sessions, articles and […]Read more "I’m sick of theory too!"
A number of years ago, when my professional speaking business had really started growing and I was feeling A LOT too good about how awesome I was at speaking, I had, to this day, one of the most embarrassing, poorly prepared and humbling moments of my entire life; let alone my speaking work. I was […]Read more "Learning from the embarrassment of a lifetime"