How To Read 40 Books a Year (the nerdy way)

Nerdy Way to Read Books

After writing my post on "100 books every teacher should read" I received a number of emails about finding the time to read all of those books (without going broke or insane!). There is something to be said for enjoying books (I am still an English teacher at heart), but it can also be easy [...]

100 Books Every Teacher Should Read

100 books every teacher should read

I am by habit a bibliophile. I read at least 25 pages of a book per day which usually turns in to 40-60 books per year. I've written a few books myself, and plan to write more. But this list is not about me, it's really about us as an education community. What are we [...]

Are you asking: What’s the Best That Could Happen?


My first season as a head football coach, our team had gone undefeated leading up to the final game of the season. We had a heck of a team with two great running backs, a stout defense, and a quarterback who completely understood our offense. Somehow the scene was set up out of a teen-movie. [...]

What’s next after #geniushour and #20time projects?

What to do after genius hour

And just like was over. I'd pitched the 20% time project to my students with only a few days of planning, but it turned out to be the project that redefined my view of what teaching and learning could look like in today's modern classroom. If you had walked into my classroom during the [...]

15 Mistakes New Teachers Make (and what I learned making them)

15 Mistakes New Teachers Make

I've had the pleasure of working with a lot of new teachers the past three years, and I've seen many of the same mistakes I made during my first year teaching repeated over and over. Now, this isn't to say that I thought teaching was extremely difficult during my first year (I actually loved it [...]

The Choice Manifesto: Why We Need It In Our Schools

Learning By Choice Book

This is the introduction to my new book, Learning by Choice: 10 Ways to Transform Your Classroom Into a Student-Centered Experience.  When I was 5 years old I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I still didn’t know at age 17. And guess what? I’m still having trouble figuring it [...]

How to Deal With Criticism When You Take Consistent Risks

Are you a risk taker?

In 11th grade I decided to try out for the school musical. I'd never been involved in a school drama or musical, and spent most of my time playing varsity football and basketball. I ended up being chosen to play the part of the Lion in the Wizard of Oz. Talk about embarrassing! I heard [...]

Meet 4 Teachers Who Took Classroom Design to the Next Level

30 Days of Classroom Design

Wow, what can we say! This past summer we decided to start a learning space design challenge on to highlight all of the amazing "cribs" that you have designed for students. Instead of just "aesthetics" we focused this challenge on brain-friendly learning spaces that promoted deep learning and engagement through design. And we were [...]

Desperation and Frustration in the Classroom

Doing the impossible in the classroom

Imagine you've been teaching for 15 years. In those 15 years you have grown as a professional, learned new technologies, shifted with the standards, had new initiative after new initiative started in your school, and seen the way you have been evaluated move from observations to data back to observations and data. In those 15 [...]