No matter your subject or student’s level, here are three practices to avoid in the classroom.
The gilding of the classroom is only cheapening the learning experience for our students.
This profession can be overwhelming. What have I learned in 14 years of teaching that have decreased stress/anxiety and helped me enjoy teaching so much more?
Sometimes innovations aren’t very…innovative.
What makes an innovation in education worthwhile?
When reviewing, should recall or recognition questions be provided for students to answer?
How do you know when you’ve had a great day of teaching?
If a teacher gives an assignment that is copied, who’s to blame? The teacher or the students?
How is learning information like building a spider web? Why is this important?
Some statistics on effectiveness of edtech don’t quite add up.
Never judge a book (a research article) by its cover (its title).
A colleague asked me two questions about learning. Here are my answers.
I’ve been stuck, lately…unable to really write anything. This is me trying to get the frustration off my chest.
There’s a difference between the negative and the critical person…and that’s important on Edutwitter.
Let’s stop with the shallow attempts to rebrand the teaching profession.
You’ve got to fight…for your right…to have sound pedagogical philosophy.
We should be striving to create simpler classrooms, not easier classrooms.
We haven’t stayed current on our vaccinations and now learning styles is showing itself again.
Why should teachers use twitter for professional growth?
I received a harassing email this week. I responded by showing my class.
A great conversation with my students to discuss proper classroom and study habits.
What is the most important question in education?
When you know better, you do better…but what is better?
I fear we’re doing it wrong…education, that is. We live at a time when 21st century skills and edtech are
*This is basically a glorified footnote of my post earlier today — On Being Wrong…you may want to read it
Social media became much more useful when I stopped worrying so much about being right or wrong.
Take a quick survey to figure out your learning style.
Knowing about the curse of knowledge can help teachers avoid the curse of knowledge.
A simple and widely applicable strategy to assess student understanding.
My thoughts on an experiment with flexible seating in my classroom.
This is about learning targets, but it’s not really about learning targets.
What can athletic coaching teach us about a properly run classroom?
Today, I’m meeting with some pretty big names in education, technology, and social media and I’ll admit I’m a bit
Be wary of the censoring of ideas on twitter.
Is your lesson focused on the learning or the fun?
When taken out of context, several popular quotes can be dangerous for the classroom.
What would it take to change your mind?
Why is twitter on either side of the Atlantic so different from the other?
When given the choice, do students choose effective study habits?
The future of jobs and necessary ‘skills’ isn’t as some would have you to believe.
The Value of Failure in the Classroom
Leveraging failures on formative assessment for learning
Who Knows Who Knows Best: A Response to Sec. Devos’ Recent Statements
Learning on a Prayer
What does the classroom say about the learning?
There’s no need to build classroom relationships before beginning the presentation of content.
Teachers on social media should post statistics responsibly.
How can one successfully oppose the herd in edchats? Here are some helpful tips.
Teachers should be critical of statistics they see on social media.
“Thanks for making me feel normal.” I never knew what those words would mean to me.
What do I consider when met with the possibility of using new tools, gadgets, or strategies in my classroom?
What do I carefully consider when met with professional development?
What people and readings have most changed my classroom?
My students are awesome…and they create a great environment for me to teach.
Does passive learning exist? Does it create a false sense of learning?
Lecture shouldn’t be purged from the modern classroom. Read to find out why it’s still central in my classroom.
What phrases do you say frequently in your classroom?
How does assumption of learning affect the classroom?
How can teachers and students work to avoid assuming in the classroom?
What does engagement look like in the classroom?
The following article originally featured on Edutopia January 23, 2018 at the following link: https://www.edutopia.org/article/2-evidence-based-learning-strategies Spaced and retrieval practice help students
A discussion with students about learning and knowing when we’ve learned.
I’ve written a bit about this before…homework. It isn’t a bad word. I see it discussed often on edutwitter. While
Simple formative assessment activities to improve the classroom and student learning.
This article discusses the myth of the learning pyramid; providing anecdotes and research to dispel the myth.
I’ve been on the blogging scene for just over a year. Due to my beliefs on what education should look
“ ‘I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you
Exactly one year ago today, my first ever blog article was published by the wonderful researchers/educators, The Learning Scientists. Since
I recently returned from my first researchED experience in Brooklyn; perhaps you saw the hashtag #rEDNY17 floating around twitter lately.
How can homework be appropriately used to increase retention of material and foster proper study habits in students?
Earlier today on twitter, Tom Bennett (@tombennett71) launched a small thread on assessment. You can check it out here. Essentially,
Dear Students, Please read carefully and completely before passing judgement. You’re not the #1 priority in my life. That
The following post first featured on the American Psychological Association’s Psych Learning Curve on August 28, 2017: http://psychlearningcurve.org/learn-from-people-we-dont-like/ In a
Dear New Teacher, Congratulations on your new job and commitment to the future of the world…a bit dramatic, but whatever.