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Persuasive Blog Posts: My Twins Show How It’s Done
As my students (and my own children) will attest, I spend a lot of time telling them to apply the skills and strategies they learn in school to the things they are passionate about at home in the real world. I implore them to actively create content using the learning strategies and technology tools introduced in…
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Passion-Driven Learning For Educators: Using The Genius Hour Model For PD
As the standardization of education continues to infiltrate the nation’s classrooms, and high-stakes testing is directly linked to teacher evaluation, the unfortunate “teaching to the test” trend dominates in many schools. Entire school districts have reorganized programs in which only the subjects being tested have priority. Elementary teachers can be heard saying that they have…
Stretch Student Collaboration Skills with Breakout EDU
The physical and virtual escape games build valuable 21st-century skills. Here's how it works: There is a new platform for immersive learning games that’s taking classrooms across the world by storm. Based on the same principles as interactive Escape The Room digital games — which challenge players to use their surroundings to escape a prison-like scenario — Breakout…
Literature Circles 2016: Technology-Infused Book Clubs
20 years ago, my colleague Jim Svendsen and I presented a Literature Circles session to a standing room only crowd at ASCD's annual conference in Baltimore. We were blown away by the enthusiastic response. Educators from all over the nation contacted us, and we spent the next few summers providing professional development to school districts…
Learning Doesn't Stop At 3 O'Clock: Four Reasons Teachers and Students Need a Class Blog
Last March I received an email from my superintendent thanking me for my outstanding work. At first I was a bit confused. It was spring break and class was not in session. I wondered what he was referring to until I saw the forwarded message attached to his email. It was from a parent of…