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How can you use technology to do stations in secondary education? Easy! This simple Station-Rotation model, which is very much like what is commonly use in elementary schools, is a great way to incorporate at least one digital station while getting your students moving and practicing different skills.

The Blended Classroom: A SIMPLE Station-Rotation Model

We’re mixing pen and paper with digital in our blended classrooms, and everything’s going great. At first (for me) it was just about throwing in some digital resources. The kids love it. It’s easy for me. But now that I’m getting a little more comfortable with it, I’m starting to experiment with different ways to

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Lectures are a traditional stand-by teaching method, especially in social studies. However, there are lots of ways to make class more interactive and engaging for students. I share five instructional methods I've started using in my classroom that make my teaching more interactive and that provide an alternative to lecturing.

5 Easy Alternatives to Lecture

I don’t know about you, but the new school year is in full swing, and things are crazy around here (stacks of papers to grade, keeping my son on track with his new homework load, planning for a new course, and cooking dinner, oh, my). But something has been at the forefront of my mind

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AI is everywhere. It's found its way into creation tools and search engines. It's generating blog posts, jingles, and images. It's also generating essays for our students. For better or worse, AI is here to stay. It's time to talk about 4 ways to use the powerful AI tool ChatGPT to your advantage in the classroom. This might change your life...

4 Ways to Use ChatGPT to Your Advantage in the Classroom

AI is everywhere. It’s found its way into creation tools and search engines. It’s generating blog posts, jingles, and images. It’s also generating essays for our students. For better or worse, AI is here to stay. It’s time to talk about 4 ways to use the powerful AI tool ChatGPT to your advantage in the classroom. This might change your life…

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Teaching during the pandemic taught us a lot. I've been reflecting on that and this series, Reclaiming Education: What to Lose and What to Keep after the Pandemic is the result of those reflections. In this post, I discuss a way to lose Cookie-Cutter Learning in favor of a workable style of Personalized Learning and the importance of keeping deadlines. Don't forget to download the templates from my free resource library to help you implement this approach!

Lose Cookie-Cutter Learning, Keep Deadlines: How to Use Personalized Learning While Maintaining Deadline Integrity

Teaching during the pandemic taught us a lot. I’ve been reflecting on that and this series, Reclaiming Education: What to Lose and What to Keep after the Pandemic is the result of those reflections. In this post, I discuss a way to lose Cookie-Cutter Learning in favor of a workable style of Personalized Learning and the importance of keeping deadlines. Don’t forget to download the templates from my free resource library to help you implement this approach!

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It's super easy to use my editable resources digitally in Google Slides. I'll show you how in 5 easy steps!

How to Use My Editable Resources Digitally in 5 Easy Steps

A lot of teachers are wanting to–or needing to–use resources from one of my curriculum sets digitally. I do create digital resources, but we all like versatility. So I’ve made my resources versatile. I’m going to show you how to use them digitally in 5 easy steps. You can scroll down to the end of

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I'd like to discuss digital burnout and how to help remedy it and create meaningful lessons for students by blending paper and digital. The key is to do it in a consistent and organized fashion.

3 Tips to Blend Paper and Digital for Meaningful Lessons

I’d like to discuss digital burnout and how to help remedy it and create meaningful lessons for students by blending paper and digital. The key is to do it in a consistent and organized fashion. You may know that I’ve been blending for a while–mixing digital and paper into my lessons, but for the past

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Year of Wonders: Lessons from Teaching in a Pandemic

I drove to work every day during the 2020-2021 school year (except for the total of 10 days that my family spent in quarantine). Something was different in the first semester. A small thing. I listened to music every morning in my car. That’s something I haven’t done in the 20 years that I’ve been

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