Teaching

Review: How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in 7 moves

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the paper from the Christensen Institute titled “How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in 7 moves.” The seven moves require no technology. They require no new curriculum. They do not need blended…
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My Interview on Education Matters

Chicago public radio studio

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dwayne Olson on the WGTD 91.1 radio program “Education Matters.” It was a great opportunity to talk about virtual learning and libraries. I cannot embed the audio from the interview, but…
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Simple but Significant Invitations to Learning

A picture of a simple invitation with a wax seal in the middle.

I started teaching in 1999 at Heritage Middle School in Lansing, IL. As a 24 year old, I was the youngest fifth grade teacher in the building by 20 years, and for almost all my students, I was their first…
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All Things Are Changing, and We Are Changing With Them

This is a picture of the colors of leaves changing.

Note: This blog post originally appeared on EdReach.us on March 20, 2012. Since the site has been discontinued, I have decided to repost my work here. All things are changing, and we are changing with them. The phrase in Latin is “Omnia…
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A Closer Look at Flipping

A woman is doing a back flip.

I am a Twitter follower of Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher). I recommend every educator and parent who cares about education follow Vicki and listen to her wonderful podcast. So I am intrigued when I see a tweet like the following from…
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Research into Ideal Digital Learning Spaces

A picture of notes and lists

Research conducted on the use of technology and digital learning spaces has told us about practices that produce evidence of student knowledge creation (CAST, 2011; Mitra, Dangwal, Chatterjee, Jha, Bisht, & Kapur 2005; Papert, 1993) beyond using a computer to simply…
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Please, Stop Calling SAMR a Model for Technology Integration

SAMR It has been misused. It has been overused. It has been turned into cute infographs that include oceans, cups of coffee, and a myriad of Frankenstein-like mashups [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ] with Bloom’s and TPACK and matching apps….
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