Daily Lesson Plan Checklist

When faced with the stress of planning new lessons with limited time, it’s easy to plan lessons that are neither efficient nor effective. Be mindful of the trap of “fake teaching” (walking like a teacher and talking like a teacher … Continued

Four Steps to Stronger Objectives, Better Learners, and Easier Grading

  Howdy, fellow teachers! If you’re anything like me, you absolutely LOVE writing learning objectives. You dream of writing objectives while on vacation, and you frame the best ones and display them proudly on your living room wall. In fact, writing learning … Continued

Flippin’ Flipped Learning, Yo!

Hey there, dear reader! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I spent the past month traveling to San Diego and Denver, partaking in Netflix binges (Sense8, anyone?) and brewery shenanigans, and researching how to implement the flipped classroom … Continued

Flippin’ with EDpuzzle

Guess what, dear reader? I created a flipped video using EDpuzzle! It only took me an hour (and let’s face it, an hour is a bit too much time to spend on one, four-minute video), but I’m optimistic that I will become much … Continued

Simply Animoto

If you’ve poked around this website a bit, you may have stumbled across a couple of videos I created using a nifty web-based program called Animoto. You can find the videos here and here. If you scroll down you’ll also … Continued

Poll Where? Everywhere!

Two days ago I wrote about some of the basic concepts necessary for authentically integrating technology into the classroom. Today’s post is about a nifty web 2.0 tool you can use to enhance learning in your classroom. Introducing PollEverywhere! PollEverywhere is a … Continued

Doug, SAMR, and Me: Reflecting after a week of PD

Summer is officially here for most teachers across America (woohoo!) and unlike most summers, I decided not to take on the burden of a summer job this year. Doing so cleared up my schedule so much, that this has become … Continued

Vocabulary and the Interactive Student Notebook

It’s official: I’ll be using Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs) next year. I’ve heard about ISNs through AVID for years, but I’ve never been brave enough to try using them with my students. It seems as if ISNs would completely change … Continued

Curriculum Planning: A Seven-Step Process

This year has been a year of unofficial professional development. I’ve had to develop not one but three new curricula mostly from scratch. All of the things I took for granted in the past were suddenly challenges: what books should … Continued

Analysis Shmanalysis: Exploring the Concept of Analysis for Curriculum Design

Man, I haven’t published anything in a while. I let life get in the way. And Netflix. Lots of Netflix (New Girl, anyone?). I also think that I’ve been a little burnt out on writing, and I know I’ve been … Continued

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