Dear Friends, I’ve finally learned a few important things about teaching that I’ll never let go. I wish I could have put into practice all these things from the start, but I’m offering them now to you. PLEASE spend some time reading about and considering these priorities in your classroom. And, even more importantly, if… Read more An Open Letter to My Pre-Service and New Teacher Friends
Hello, PLN friends! On October 15, I am going to present a session about genius hour at ITEC (Iowa Technology and Education Connection) Conference. I hope you will help me prepare my session by sharing with me your suggestions and successes. My plan is to present it by answering these questions: Why? What? Who? When?… Read more I’m Presenting about Genius Hour at ITEC!
For Connected Educator Month, Sheri and I are leading a webinar called “Extend the Conversation.” We will be sharing our own stories of how we became connected educators. Becoming a connected educator for me was a steep learning curve, but it was well worth it. I’m a slow and steady learner, but like the tortoise,… Read more My Journey to a PLN
One of my favorite education quotes is “The teacher is the chief learner in the classroom” by Donald Graves. I heard a remnant of another quote by him recently, so I was searching for it. It is about encouraging students to bring their obsessions into the classroom. While I didn’t find the source or exact… Read more Chief Learner
I have been trying to figure out how to make our daily experience at school more like genius hour. In my science and history classes I have wanted to experiment with “researcher’s workshop.” I want to allow students to choose their topics, based on the essential concepts and skills in the Core, and then let… Read more Researcher’s Workshop