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 […]

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 […]

Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

Use technology to help you teach math

virtual math manipulatives

Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere. On the whole, many teachers don’t understand how to use them. So, today, you’ll get a simple tour of virtual math manipulatives from expert David Wees. In light of the fact that NCTM […]

How to Unleash Student Intrinsic Motivation from Day One

Global Teacher Prize Finalist Mike Soskil Shares His Secrets

student intrinsic motivation

You can unleash a student intrinsic motivation from the first day of school. First, you start the school year with authentic connections. Second, you create a culture of learning.  In today’s episode, Mike Soskil, award-winning science teacher and Global Teacher prize finalist, shares his ideas for starting school. Additionally, he shares secrets for creating a […]

5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab

How to Mix Problems, Passion, and Projects to Excite Kids

5 steps for a successful STEAM lab

Implementing a  STEAM Lab Program can be a challenge.  (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Today’s guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several times and gives us five steps to make it happen. If you’re ready to implement STEAM or if you’re doubtful, learn from someone who has successfully implemented STEAM. Thank you, […]

Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

Getting kids engaged and excited about learning in the STEM Classroom

Moving from teaching STEM to doing STEM

Dr. Robin Ellwood moved from lecture to hands-on STEM with her eighth graders and shows us how. Robin’s students designed a remote underwater vehicle (ROV) that  went to Antarctica. She was intimidated when she started thinking about it. But she learned it with the kids as she went. What blows my mind is that Robin […]

#iste2016 Mindsets and Classroom Management for Making and Inventing in Every Classroom

Presentation Resources

Making mindsets

The third panel I’ll be moderating this ISTE is full of some of the best in the business of people who are making and inventing. As with the sketchnoting slides I shared earlier, it will be best to see this in person, but so many of you can’t be here at ISTE 2016 in Denver! […]

STEM can be fun, just do this.

8 Ideas for Fun STEM Learning with Kids

8 Ideas for Making STEM Fun

STEM lessons can be fun. Whether it is origami jumping frogs or making a boat out of cement, Mandy Casto has eight high-energy ideas for making STEM fun. She also shares her favorite ways to find new ideas and about the success of school-wide “STEM Time” for the students each week. Show Notes: 8 Lessons […]

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 […]

Not Just a Girl

5 Ways to Help Girls Achieve Their Potential

Not Just a Girl

I dropped my end of the heavy battery. Daddy and I needed to “jump off” or start up the irrigation system. I was perhaps eight and my sister and Mom were somewhere else. Dad was a hard working farmer and he needed my help on this dusty, dry night. I was not feeling up to […]