Book Reads | Teaching and Learning

Willpower Alone Won’t Make that Goal Happen

We spend a shocking 43 percent of our day doing things without thinking about them. That means that almost half of our actions aren’t conscious choices but the result of our non-conscious mind nudging our body to act along learned behaviors. – Good Habits, Bad Habits inside book inside flap

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Educational Technology

I Do Not Think that Tweet Means What You Think It Means…

If you’ve been on Facebook for any decent amount of time lately, you’ve probably seen this post: It seems like every so often, this coupon, or other fake ones from Southwest, Disney, etc., make the rounds online. The scam encourages people to click on a link and follow a few simple steps to claim their […]

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Teaching and Learning

Look Both Ways Before Accepting Information as Truth

When I say the term “information literacy” what comes to mind? For most, they think of research … perhaps for an academic paper or maybe to double check the facts during a presidential debate. But information literacy is sooo much more than that. The United States National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as […]

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Teaching and Learning

Let Them Speak

I attended a student panel on eSports. Six high schoolers had given up their time to come talk to educators about gaming and eSports leagues. Within five minutes, the questions had shifted away from students and were directed at the adults. Questions like: What about the violence? What about the hardware needs? What protocols need […]

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A drawing of a scene in a NY Morgue - men in suits and a woman looking at a body.
Teaching and Learning

Don’t Wait for the Postmortem to See if You’re Sick

“Educators have long complained that end-of-year, “summative” assessments are not useful because the results are not available until fall when their students have moved on to the next grade.” (Is this the end of end-of-year testing? Education Dive) Okay… I’m not a high stakes (I mean “end-of-year”) testing fan either, but … Summative assessments are […]

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Personalization of Learning

Function and Agency

I spent a year digging deeply into the concept of student agency with teacher teams. We tried to define what agency looked like for a particular grade level, and then how to use that definition to create a classroom culture that provided opportunities for students to develop and exhibit agency. Lately, as I work on […]

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