Let’s change the world WITH our students (here’s how)


You ever have one of those moments where you wonder what you are doing with your life? I mean, at the very least, you are like me and have had times where something catches you off guard and makes you rethink your purpose and impact on the world. It just so happens I've had two [...]

How to Teach the “On Demand” Generation

How to Teach the On Demand Generation

Remember waiting? We used to wait for our favorite song on the radio. We used to wait for a TV show to come on and watch simultaneously with millions of people. We used to wait for our kids to come home without being able to text them. We used to wait for phone calls. We [...]

Creating A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Education

Choose Your Own Adventure Education

I remember devouring "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a kid. I'm sure many of you had the same experience as the "hero of your own story" making choices that defined your personal path. Over 250 million books were printed in 38 languages, making Choose Your Own Adventure the fourth best-selling children's book series of all [...]

How to Develop An Innovator’s Mindset At Your School

Innovator's Mindset

“Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It's about seeing things in a new way. When people...change to a growth mindset, they change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework. Their commitment is to growth, and growth take plenty of time, effort, and mutual support.” - Carol Dweck [...]

6 Truths About Technology in Education

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I recently had the opportunity to Keynote the University of Pennsylvania Literacy Network's Winter Symposium. Penn Literacy Network founder Mort Botel (who was also a former President of the International Reading Association) wrote one of the most influential works in my teaching career, "The Plainer Truths of Teaching/Learning/Assessing Across the Curriculum"; and with his passing this past [...]

Embracing the Seasons of Life

The Seasons of Life

It's fall. The mornings are cool, the nights are brisk, and the days pop with color. It reminds me, always, of football. I played for seven years and then coached for another four years. But this fall, for the second year in a row I have not coached...and it felt a bit empty. That is, [...]

How to Survive in the Era of Personalized Education

How to survive in the era of personalized education

Michael Port shares a story (in his book) about a donkey, an old man, and a boy: An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked beside him. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a [...]

Getting Started With #GeniusHour – A Free Webinar

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Want to start Genius Hour in your classroom but not sure where and how to begin? Already started Genius Hour and need a bit more guidance? I hosted this 25 minute webinar to jumpstart Genius Hour in your classroom. Watch the short video and then check the resources below that I mention in the webinar. [...]

Do you really believe technology can transform education?

Change the world

I'm asking because I recently asked myself this question. Do I really (truly) believe in the power of technology to transform education? It's easy to come back with a quick "of course I do" answer, yet I'm not sure that is the case for everyone. A recent report in the Boston Globe points to a [...]

How Choice Makes Lectures Work

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Here in Philadelphia we spent the weekend watching and listening to the Pope during his visit. People were glued to their televisions and devices when the Pope gave a talk on the Ben Franklin Parkway, or lectured to seminary students, or spoke at Independence Hall where our nation's founding fathers first declared that all men [...]