As an educator who loves to share tips for teachers both inside and outside the classroom, you can follow this page to find all my education-related posts. You will find tips, tricks, lesson plans, inspiration, and more.

  • Hip Hop Headucatorz Teach Math (Music – Video – Resources)

    I’m so proud of this project. We worked on it a long time to bring Hip Hop into the classroom. This multimedia project will help you teach mathematics in a fun and engaging way. The Math Album by Hip Hop Headucatorz helps students learn all about the four basic operations of mathematics. Seven songs teach the concepts of […]

  • The Math Album by Hip Hop Headucatorz (Music + Resources)

    What Math Has For You is the introductory track to The Math Album, a project that Hip Hop Headucatorz have created for teachers to use in their classroom. Not only are there seven songs based on the four operations in mathematics, but there are ready-to-use resources for your classroom, too. First off, there are lyric videos that help illustrate […]

  • Head of the Class – Deluxe (Album + Teacher Resource Book)

    For many of our students Hip Hop is a way of life. That is why we combined our love of teaching and rap music to craft an album and resource pack that we can use in our classrooms. “Head of the Class: The Deluxe EDition” features the original 11 song album, an exclusive bonus track, […]

  • Teach Like Your Hair Is On Fire!

    Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 by Rafe Esquith This book is inspiring and reminds me why I love teaching. I took so many notes that I won’t be able to share them all in one post. If you teach, I highly recommend reading it! Here are a […]

  • How Other Cultures Can Inform Education in North America

    A Mirror For Americans: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about Teaching Students Who Excel by Cornelius N. Grove Many of us think that school needs to be a certain way. But the way schools operate in different parts of the world is vastly different from the way they do here in Canada and […]

  • School is Toxic

    I recently read a book entitled Normal Sucks by Jonathan Mooney where he offers a harsh critique of the public school system. He says outright that school is toxic. That might sound alarmist and unrealistic and there is a lot to unpack in what he writes. Let’s do that, shall we?

  • Challenging Behaviour is a Form of Communication

    Extraordinary Parenting by Eloise Rickman The way kids behave give us vital clues to how they are feeling and what they are thinking. By paying attention we can help our children communicate with us in ways that they aren’t quite able to vocalize. Eloise Rickman helps us to understand that “behaviour as a form of […]

  • A Parent is a Coach and a Trainer

    “If your top priority for your child is soaring academic excellence, then you’ll need to invest him [or her] with the drive to learn.” Kids have a natural curiosity and teach themselves all sorts of things. Parents act as coach and trainer and help them reach with all sorts of accomplishments. And then something strange […]

  • The Montessori Toddler – What a Great Idea!

    There are a lot of misconceptions about the Montessori method of education. While I knew the name, I must admit I knew little else about it. After doing a considerable amount of research, I am completely sold on it and would love to see it utilized more readily. I can’t understand why I didn’t learn […]

  • Know School – A New Way of Learning

    I often find it hard to sleep the night before school starts every year. Even though I have spent countless hours setting up my classroom, writing lessons, and organizing resources, my mind races with possibilities. Today, my mind is racing for a different reason. After close to twenty years of teaching in the public education […]