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Hundreds of great teaching tips, lessons, and inspiration from my classroom to yours. Browse the archive page to find something you can use in your teaching practice or scroll down to see all of the posts. [Keep Reading]

Technology Degrades Student Performance

March 26, 2019

I think it is a great idea to embrace technology in the classroom. It’s the way the modern world works. Nobody really uses cursive writing to communicate these days. Instead, we type messages, letters, essays, and emails. That’s why using [Keep Reading]

Grateful for Teachers Sharing

March 19, 2019

I found this on Twitter and thought that it was a great idea. I like the idea of a check-in activity. I also like how it is anonymous. By having students add a sticky note to the board, they don’t have to be afraid to speak out. They can write [Keep Reading]

Using Quotations in the Classroom

March 12, 2019

Sometimes a quotation can spark a great discussion. Let’s see if we can ignite something today. You can pose these questions to your class, accompanied by the original quotation of course or simply ponder them yourself. “The greatest [Keep Reading]

The Power of Choosing Your Words Carefully

March 5, 2019

As a teacher, it is important to use words wisely. How we say something can be just as important, or maybe more so, that what we say. For instance, having a long list of classroom rules that prohibit all sorts of behaviour and activities sends a [Keep Reading]

How and Why You Should Say Sorry

February 19, 2019

Here’s a tweet that caught my attention last week. Here’s how to apologize: 1. Look them in the eye. 2. Explain why you are sorry. 3. Acknowledge why they were hurt. 4. Tell them what you will do differently next time. [Keep Reading]

Twitter, Math, and Pizza!

February 12, 2019

This simple Twitter post got quite a bit of traction last month. It received over 72,000 likes, 30,000 retweets, and over 1.500 comments. Here’s a useful counterintuitive fact: one 18 inch pizza has more ‘pizza’ than two 12 inch [Keep Reading]

Quotes Come Alive with Zen Pencils

February 5, 2019

Zen Pencils – Cartoon Quotes From Inspirational Folks by Gavin Aung Than There are a lot of quotation books on the market, but none are quite like this. The creator of this book takes some of the most inspirational quotes and turns them into [Keep Reading]

Other Teachers’ Ideas

January 29, 2019

Here are some great ideas I found online that you can use in your classroom. I’ve linked to the original article or blog I found the idea and attached a short description. GeoGuessr This is a game that has students exploring random places on [Keep Reading]

The 10:20:30 Rule

January 22, 2019

In his book, The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, Guy Kawasaki gives some great advice regarding presentations. His tips are meant for business men and women when giving pitches, but I think [Keep Reading]

The Great Teacher Manifesto

January 15, 2019

Do you have a public declaration of your intentions as a teacher? I’m betting that you don’t. Years ago, I wrote a mission statement for my teaching. “To help every student develop to his or her full potential. To develop intellectual [Keep Reading]
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