The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.
There’s an idea from Austin Kleon about books that suck you in and books that spin you out. As I read his thoughts, I had the same about technology. Specifically, about all those wonderful tools categorized as “educational technology” that we use almost every day.
Put simply, there are technologies we used in schools that suck us in (centripetal) and…
In the fall of 2014, I entered the classroom as a student teacher, ready to complete my final semester before becoming an actual teacher.
To say that I was nervous would be the understatement of the century. How was this going to go? How would I do? Would I “pass” this final course on my path to becoming a teacher?
Being the self-centered jerk that I can very often be, I was only concerned with myself. I had forgotten something important.
I had forgotten that I wasn’t the only one entering the room for a new experience that day.
I’ve watched this video of 1,000 musicians performing “Learn to Fly” countless times. I’ve even used it to open presentations and professional learning sessions to convey the power of being connected to a group.
While that video is almost six years old, the lessons are still relevant to our time (also, it’s just a great video that will have you rocking along with the group and yes, the Foo Fighters totally responded).
The Rockin’ 100 has gone on to create several other videos that are well worth the watch. Again, these videos are important not because of the musicianship…
Let me begin with this: my journaling has little rhyme or reason to it, so please don’t expect to come away from this post with an epic plan for writing the Journal of all Journals.
My journal is a mess because I’m still trying to figure out how to journal (if there is such a thing) as well as what I should put in my journal.
And, for those of you seeking my ultimate secret to journaling success, here it is:
I’ve seen (and tried) many of the different journaling methods out there (five-minute, bullet, gratitude, reading, etc.) …
I get it. Star Wars isn’t for everyone. At least, that’s what some would have you believe.
Some will say that it’s science fiction mumbo jumbo and doesn’t add anything to our society and is pure drivel.
And, from a certain point of view, they’re right.
What if they’re not?
As I’ve said many times before, Star Wars isn’t science fiction.
Not even close. Nor does it try to be.
It isn’t Star Trek.
It isn’t Asimov. Or Clarke. Or Heinlein.
It’s Tolkien. It’s Jordan. Brooks and Goodkind.
Le Guin. Sanderson. Salvatore.
It’s Beowulf. The Iliad. The Odyssey.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. — Sir Francis Bacon
As a teacher, you’ve already read more books than you care to remember and I dare say there are several from your undergraduate studies you’re doing your level best to forget.
I’m willing to bet that many of those books you’ve devoured during your teaching career have been focused on education topics. Some of them have been great and have helped you break through to new heights in the classroom. …
Teachers often find themselves spending more time on the job than they do with their families. This is a shame because teaching can be an extremely rewarding profession. When it comes to making the most out of your day, there are so many tools that you could use to make your life easier — both at work and at home. In this article, I’ll cover some of my favorite ways that technology can help reclaim teachers’ time during the school year!
A great way to make grading easier is by using a paperless system for assigning grades, storing student work…
“Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.” -Epictetus
Let’s make one thing clear: I am not an athlete.
Never have been. At the most athletic point in my life, I headed into my senior year of high school at a lean, mean 185 pounds, with absolutely no muscle definition.
Except for my calves. The curse of a lifelong fat kid.
I was in the marching band and had spent that summer riding my bike all over town. I was in the best shape of my life. …
All of a sudden, we’ve lost a lot of control. We can’t turn off our internet; we can’t turn off our smartphones; we can’t turn off our computers. You used to ask a smart person a question. Now, who do you ask? It starts with g-o, and it’s not God…
Google announced so many updates to their Education tools on Wednesday, February 17, that even the most tech savvy among us are doing double takes to make sure we catch everything.
Many of these updates are exciting, some complicated, and there are still several items I would love…
If you don’t own this book, you should. It’s an incredible guide on just about everything from some of the world’s top performers.
In this particular chapter, Tim was referencing a podcast with Gabby Reece and mentioned her philosophy of “go first” — if she’s in line at the grocery store, she’ll be the first person to say “hello” to someone else in line.
Most people are genuinely nice in public…