Webinar: Teaching with Augmented Reality with #ARVRinEDU Classroom Enthusiasts

Join a lively conversation with Jaime Donally, the host of #ARVRinEDU chat on Twitter, some leading AR in the Classroom enthusiasts and me as we discuss the changing pedagogies around Augmented Reality (AR) in the classroom in a free webinar on Wednesday, December 19th at 9pm ET. This webinar is sponsored by 3D Bear. AR Topics Some […]

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Implementing Technology (and some cool tools for the college classroom)

Dr. Joshua Elliott talks about implementing new technology and some cool tools he’s using in his college classroom. Listen Now Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

Student-Authored Interviews: A Powerful Way to Empower Students to Lead

Daniel Miyake works with his student leaders in Los Angeles to interview leaders in education including STE CEO Richard Culatta, SAMR creator Ruben Puentedura, and Scratch founder, Mitchel Resnick. Daniel believes that the students not only are being empowered to have voice but also are forwarding the “CLEAR” goals that his district has outlined for […]

Strategies to Help Kids Love Reading

Barb Gilman (known as @barbinnebraska) has a classroom rich with a love of reading. Today she talks about strategies any teacher can use to help kids love reading. She starts with a sign posting what she’s reading now! I’ve heard other educators (including my friend Todd Nesloney) who have teachers in their schools post what […]

3D Printing in a STEM Classroom

3D Printing in a STEM Classroom

David Ternent, a teacher in a middle school STEM classroom in Ohio, shares how he has used his 3D printers to transform and excite kids about learning STEM concepts.

Top Chef: Cooking Up Instructional Greatness with Fun PD

Allison Starling on Episode 401 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

Top Chef professional development experience

Allison Starling has an awesome idea for teacher professional development! She creates two “PD Events” at different times during the year and creates a game to encourage learning at her school. I loved this idea so much that I’m using it at my school. Right now, we’re doing the “Christmas Three” PD Event and teachers […]

5 Ways to Help a Teacher

Debbie Scott on episode 400 of the 10-Minute Teacher

Debbie Scott has started the “Help a Teacher” Facebook page. Learn how it works and join in supporting teachers. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Debbie Scott’s Bio as Submitted Debbie Scott is from Midland, Texas where she lives with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her […]

Games and Play Based Learning in Middle and High School

C. Ross Flatt in Episode 399 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

Play can be used to teach. C. Ross Flatt from the Institute of Play, talks about exemplars and best practices for play in the middle and high school classrooms. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. C. Ross Flatt’s Bio as Submitted C. Ross Flatt is the Director of […]

Join Me in the Personalized Learning EdWeek Summit with Texthelp

We'll be in Room 8: Texthelp: Enabling Students to Personalize Their Own Learning

edweek-personalization summit

We can enable students to personalize their own learning. With apps, tools, and knowledge about how they learn, students who have learning differences can empower themselves to learn better and faster. I have learned this from experience both with my students and my children who have learning differences. I’ll be in Room 8 Sponsored by […]

These days since October 10 when Hurricane Michael hit have been a challenge. Not just because of roof problems or the lack of central heating and air. Pretty much everyone down here in South Georgia has troubles. And pretty much everyone else in the rest of the country is shocked to find out that piles of trees still line the roads, homes are still damaged, and people are struggling and will be for months to come.

While the news cycle makes most disasters seem like a week or so long, that isn’t reality. Those impacted by disasters have long battles to fight and stresses that those not in the messes cannot comprehend.

And yet, even in the storm there is joy. Joy to teach. Joy to laugh. Joy to giggle over something with a friend.

I go in the teacher’s lounge and people are bringing awesome snacks for Christmas. Kids are excited about their performances. Today, some of my students were literally squealing over their newfound ability to edit in Adobe Premiere on the Mac.

Perhaps I’ve not been willing to write so much because of the microscope. While to my friends around the world, many wouldn’t know I had changed schools – people near me do. Sometimes it has felt as if every tweet or social media post was hyper-analyzed for meaning or reading things into it. So, perhaps I’ve been reticent to post or write much.

But my calling is to encourage — even when I’m struggling. Sometimes it does get to me when I get emails from people wanting a response within hours who perhaps don’t know I teach much less don’t know (or care) that my front yard looks like a construction site.

And other things in life could weigh me down. But in the end, for me, I serve an awesome God and these things shall also pass.

And along with these things… so will pass the time.

As I get older, I realize just how precious and sweet each day is in life and am eager to get the most out of each of them.

Nowadays, I get up and wash my face and brush my teeth and thank God for running water. I flip on the light in the den and thank God for electricity. Even tonight as I blog this, I’m not cold because Kip has a roaring fire in the den and I am warm.

Tomorrow is not always better than today. And yesterday is not always better than tomorrow. We cannot judge our days by our circumstances but rather, we should judge them by our joy amidst any circumstances.

For truly, life is short and the ability to find joy in the rollercoaster of life is a measure of the awesomeness of the ride.

Life is so short, so, dear friends, hold up your hands, feel the wind in your hair and decide that you’re going to let out a big old “Yaaaaaahoooooo!” for a change, will you?