The E4Effort App: Working to Add a Measurement that Works

The E4Effort System

Today I’m writing a blog post about the E4Effort app. This system works to acknowledge and reinforce student effort during class learning activities and discussions. Think Class Dojo for older kids.  This post is sponsored by E4Effort. All opinions are my own. What does the E4Effort app and system do? According to Angela Duckworth, of […]

Equity Programs in New York State

Dr. Anael Alston on Episode 549

549 Anael Alston Equity v3 (1)

Dr. Anael Alston is Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department. He talks about what works to engage young men of color in education and his journey and passion for helping all students engage in school and do their best. If this is your […]

Using Amusement Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms to Inspire Your Classroom

John Meehan on episode 546

546 John Meehan amusement parks (1)

Student engagement! We need it! Today’s guest, John Meehan, shares inspiring stories that help us use amusement parks, mud runs, and escape rooms to inspire exciting lessons in our classroom. John is the author of EDrenaline Rush: Game-changing Student Engagement Inspired by Theme Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms. Get excited. Let’s do this! Advancement Courses […]

5 Ways to Step Back from Teacher Burnout

Amber Harper on Episode 545

545 step back from burnout (2) (1)

In the high-stress, fast-paced job of teaching – burnout can happen to anyone. In today’s show, we talk about recognizing teacher burnout, how to get help, and steps to tackle it when it happens. Amber Harper, an expert on the topic of burnout, discusses what we can do to help ourselves be our best for […]

Creating Real Opportunities for Student Leadership

Adam Welcome on episode 544

544 Adam Welcome student leadership (1)

Students need real leadership opportunities – not just running a note to the office or other tasks that may be called “leadership” but really aren’t. Adam Welcome, co-author of Empower our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More Listen to Adam Welcome Talk about Student Leadership Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking […]

Close the Attitude Gap – Build a Bond from Day One

Baruti Kafele on episode

541 Baruti Kafele

He didn’t like school. But now he’s been a principal and written ten books and travels the world helping principals and educators learn how to engage today’s students — especially inner-city youth. Baruti Kafele has inspiring words for us on today’s Motivational Monday episode. He has authored ten books, recently the Principal 50: Critical Questions […]

5 Strategies for Coaching Instructional Excellence

Sherry St. Clair on episode 540

coaching 540 sherry st clair

Sherry St. Clair gives us principles for effective instructional coaching. Targeted to both administrators, instructional coaches, and technology coaches – Sherry has five practical ideas to get us started. Sherry is the author of Coaching Redefined: A Guide to Leading Meaningful Instructional Growth. Listen to Sherry St. Clair talk about effective instructional coaching Listen to […]

A Quick Way to Make Groups

Here are two random quick ways to make groups in the classroom. I used the first one for a while, but then, got even more creative to create some small laminated cards. This post is inspired by Barry Hoonan, co-author of “What Are You Grouping For?” who shares his strategies on episode 539 of the […]

Breakout EDU in Adult PD and College Education

BreakoutEDU is a box with locks that also can be a great educational experience. In today’s show, Lucy Manley shares how breakout boxes are becoming an exciting part of her college’s educational experiences including Freshmen orientation. Listen to  Lucy Manley talk about the use of BreakoutEDU Boxes in College Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream […]

5 Ways to Bring #Breakoutedu into Your Classroom (on a budget)

#breakoutedu on a budget

Escape rooms or breakout boxes (which you really break into) have led to the Breakout EDU movement. If you want to get started with your breakout edu experience, here are some resources to get you started. 1. Get or Make a Breakout EDU Box You can make your own breakout Kit (see Joe Cossette’s example […]