I have been aware of the concept of “Clear to Neutral” for quite a while. I think I first heard about it 5+ years ago on a College Info Geek video. Over time I have heard either the same term or the same concept described by many people in the productivity space, but I have never been able to keep it up as a habit.Read more
As you can see from this post about using Google sheets to grade Quizlet progress, I have ingrained Quizlet into the infrastructure for my human body systems class. I am a massive fan of the automatic feedback and learning that happens with using Quizlet for this vocabulary instruction, and my students frequently comment about how helpful it is.Read more
I am a big believer in the helpfulness of digital calendars. Both at home and at school I have detailed calendars marking out all of my temporal obligations for as far out into the future as I can.
My school, like I am sure many others, has a rotation schedule that matches no calendar software on the planet. For many years I was forced to copy and paste each of the four calendar permutations throughout the school year to get my class rotation into my school calendar.Read more
I have a longer post about how I have students go through a reflection process for the presentations they give in my classes.
As part of my process for developing their presentation skills we watch this video a few times and talk about all of the phenomenal displays of oration that Guy Pierce demonstrates in this video.
Since I was a kid, the start of the school year has always been a sour point in my year, not because that meant Summer was over, but because the tedium of Welcome activities was fast approaching. In this post, I share my process and product for making the first day of school a little more bearable.
I find mindmaps to be helpful tools and I love MindNode the macOS and iOS app for making very pretty mind maps. Unfortunately, MindNode is not a collaborative app. Coggle.it lets you make very nice mind maps collaboratively!
Producing and using your own videos in your classroom is as powerful as a cheat code. However, it can take too much time to do this well, unless you use Clips for iOS.
“Memorization” is not a dirty word in education. However, it should be technology (not teachers) helping students memorize facts. Honestly, Quizlet is probably better at it anyway. Read this post to find out why you should be using Quizlet in your classes and how I have implemented Quizlet in mine over the past 3 years.
Teachers in my building wanted an easy, high-impact way to send positive notes home to parents. I designed and sourced a custom postcard to add this tool to teachers toolbelts. I also saved my school a considerable amount of money over buying this product off the shelf.
This post tells the origin story of the custom teacher planner that I make every year for the teachers and staff at my school.
This summer I directed some time and energy to make my school a little bit better. I planned out and designed airport style navigation signs for my school to help people navigate the large building.