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 […]

We spend way too much time trying to be normal.

David Salyers, VP at Chic Fil A says,

“Normal can never be amazing.”

The truth is that normal is average. Normal is every day. It is truly not normal to be amazing.

So, from now on I want there to be nothing normal about my life or my classroom or my family or my friendships.

How about you? Who’s in for awesome?

Let’s stop being normal.

Hat tip to my former student, Carlton Brooks, for this jewel. 

“No written word

nor spoken plea

Can teach our youth

what they should be.

nor all the books

on all the shelves.

It’s what the teachers

are themselves.”

John Wooden, most winning men’s college basketball coach of all time

Remember Who We Are

We teach more with our lives than we ever could with our mouths. As teachers, we have a responsibility to not only live well but to teach well. For in living well, we do both.

How Mainstreet Media Steps Up When Mainstream Media Lets Us Down

What we can learn from the media's silence about the South Georgia Storm Disaster 2017

Is it that we don’t have 28 people die like we had in the Camilla tornadoes in 2000 to get people upset? Is that why Albany Georgia’s tragedy is ignored? Or is it just that the news media is so busy covering reality DC that they don’t have time to report on a storm that left […]

Living Life as a Teacher Is Noble Enough

Appreciating teachers and the role we play in the world

Living a Life as a Teacher Is Noble Enough

Wow, you know as a teacher you just can’t turn it off. I was just in Walgreens picking up pictures, and as I was walking in, a little one-year-old decided to walk out through the open door. I scooted out and followed him and took his tiny hand as his alarmed grandmother was grateful I […]

Today is the Present

Living life to the fullest every day.

today is the present - living life to the fullest every day

I live across the street from death. Truthfully, I wouldn’t have chosen to live across from the funeral home, but it was my grandparents’ house. Contrary to what you might think, a constant reminder of death can change your life in positive ways if you let it. When we first moved in, some things surprised […]

How to Keep Kids Safe

(and prevent problems online)

Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Shannon Mclintock-Miller and I discuss current best practices about digital citizenship and online safety for kids. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. Understandably, schools that don’t open lines […]

4 Ways to Teach With Play

(and captivate your bored students)

Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might […]

The One Present I Wish Parents Would Give My Students

the one gift

The gifts that change your life are the ones you didn’t know you wanted in the first place. I can tell the kids who get this kind of gift. They are different. Let me tell you how. Four perfect examples of students who have gotten this type of gift were in my classroom today. It should […]

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 […]