Free Webinar: Notetaking Skills for Top 21st Century Students

Teach What Matters

Note taking has changed since the days of pencil, paper, and lecture lecture lecture! Now, students have a variety of tools and sources of information. From lecture, to videos, to projects — how should students be coached to take notes? In this free webinar, I’ll help teachers learn how to help your 21st Century learners […]

Write Shorter, Simpler Standards

How Words often Kill the Best Intentions

We have too many standards. Many of you will agree, they are too long. In fact, some teachers I know spend more time aligning standards than creating lesson plans. With this in mind, we must ask, are these well-intentioned standards keeping us from focusing on the main thing? Along these lines, a recent conversation on my […]

Free Masterclass: 15 Best G Suite Tools for Schools

Note: G Suite is the new name for Google Drive

15 best tools for Gsuite Users

If you only used 15 tools in Google Docs and Apps, what would they be? Don’t be overwhelmed with all the choices.  I can help. In this free masterclass, which you can access here… I’m going to share my 15 Best G suite tools for Schools and how to use them in the classroom. Join me on […]

6 Riveting Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun for Students

Creative Literacy Lessons with Kids

riveting ways to make reading and writing

Therapy dogs. Lunch bunch. Reading groups. These are just of a few ideas you can use to excite students about reading and writing. Writing can be fun. So can reading. Let’s discuss lots of creative ideas that work. In today’s show, librarian Margo Janzi has a wealth of ideas. Additionally, she also talks about getting […]

300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing

Ideas from the "The Reading Strategies Book"

help students love writing

Do you want to help students love writing? In this segment, we talk about a new book including 300 strategies to get students excited about writing. So, if you’re struggling to teach writing and get students engaged, listen to Jennifer Seravallo’s ideas. From peer review across the entire process to engaging students in writing, Jennifer is […]

FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom

Join me, August 25 at 7pm EDT

Writing has been reinvented. Learn about the tools, techniques and writing tips that are changing everything. Thursday, August 25, 7pm EDT The webinar is live and free. As with the other webinars, I’ll be recording and posting this on the store. Check out my book Reinventing Writing.  

3 Top Tips to Make Writing Exciting

Collaboration, Commenting, and a Global Audience

How to Make Writing Exciting when you teach writing

Learning writing can be exciting! Kids can love writing. Now, students can easily join writing communities. After joining, students find that commenting on another student’s writing can be fun.  Teacher-librarian, Cynthia Alvarado, shows us how to make writing exciting for kids. Additionally, she’ll also teach us her tips and tricks for coaching kids to level up […]

3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing

Every Classroom Matters with Dr. Linda H. Mason

strategies for students who struggle with reading and writing (1)

Improve reading skills by helping students learn how to set their own goals. Dr. Linda Mason helps us understand how to help students become better readers with goal setting, self-regulating, and self-assessment strategies. Linda shares lots of practical research-based advice on helping struggling readers. I find her revelation about students with ED and the impact these […]

The 7 Questions I ask myself EVERY day

Living an Examined Life of Loveliness

Tracy left me a comment on the 36 Edtech Tools blog post I posted this week. She asked about the seven questions I ask myself every day. So, I’ll share them with you. There are more than 7 questions below. The ones with the stars are my must-answers. If I’m too busy, then the others get deleted. […]

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips

36 edtech tools I'm using in my classroom and life right now

So many of these tools are essential to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Here’s what I’m using all the time in my classroom (and life) right now. Some even hum along and do their job and I didn’t do a thing but set them up. 36 Tools I’m Using […]