How I used Project Based Learning to start a podcast

This past summer I had the opportunity to participate in a program called MERIT, which stands for Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching, in Los Altos, CA. As a part of MERIT, I took an online course about Project Based Learning (PBL). Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students learn by […]

25 creative ideas for using mobile devices in school

Whether you have iPads, Android tablets or a bring your own device policy for students, mobile devices are a great way to engage our students. And the best part is that these devices encourage our students to get up and moving because they are made for using on the go. So how can we utilize […]

10 ways to use emojis in the classroom

Emojis are the modern-day hieroglyphics. In fact, our students are sharing complete thoughts and complete stories in, get this…PICTURES. It’s true! Take a peek at the phone of any tween or teen. They’ve traded words for icons. Something’s drop-to-the-floor funny? 😂 will do. Their parents are looking over their shoulders? Insert 👫 . Emojis can […]

10+ FREE EduProtocol templates + ideas for using them

What teacher doesn’t want to save themselves time and teach better? It’s finding those low-prep, high-return activities that we can use right away that can be challenging. That’s where EduProtocols come in. EduProtocols, created by Jon Corippo and Marlena Hebern, are a series of lesson frames that are easy to adapt to any subject or […]

Dear New Teacher: Tips and advice for beginning educators

If we think back to our very first year of teaching many of us wish we could have a do-over. The opportunity to take that first class back and teach them again after years of experience. But the truth is that those first years helped shape us into the educator we are today. And we […]

Add and pass: A fun activity to get them moving AND creating

Have you ever played a game where someone begins a story then the next person adds to it, the next adds a little more and so on? Add and pass is a fun collaborative writing activity. Students must take what their classmates created and add something to it. It’s almost like improv, where actors must […]

Tech tip smackdown! 70+ edtech tips from fellow educators

Warning! This post contains SO many great tips, tricks, links and ideas that you may end up with a case of “too many open tabs”. That’s OK, it’s totally normal. Using the Wakelet or OneTab extension can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this condition.   As educators, we have many amazing tech […]

Destroy the box

As educators, we’ve all heard the phrase, “think outside the box.” It is a great mantra for those who want to think about traditional teaching strategies in a new way, to dig deep into the creative process, or to push themselves to the next level in lesson delivery. This wise quote was shared with me […]

Creating a blended Back to School Night

Last September, entering my sixteenth year of teaching, I realized I felt less excited than ever for Back to School Night. Over the years I had developed and refined an enthusiastic shtick that left parents with no doubt as to my credentials, love of teaching and learning, reading and writing. They witnessed that their child’s […]

25 beginning of the year activities you can use right away!

The beginning of the school year is filled with teaching procedures and getting to know you activities. Most of us have our tried and true go-tos that we pull out year after year. But what if we want to shake things up a bit? What if there were tons of different and innovative activities out […]