This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Teachers Pay Teachers, a website that has radically improved my life both professionally and personally.

Way back in 2006, former New York teacher Paul Edelman knew he could solve one of our profession’s biggest problems – over-exhausted teachers having to recreate the wheel in terms of curriculum development as they planned their daily lessons. What if, he thought, he could build a community where teachers shared their most successful classroom lessons? Continue reading

This week, I’m sharing some practical tips about how to survive (and possibly even thrive?) when you’ve inherited a problem classroom and I’m test-driving a FREE app that can help make slick videos in just a few minutes. If you want your students to create video projects and they have access to an iPad, you gotta check this out. You’ll be glad you did. Continue reading

Okay, so I had a crazy idea. I was set this week to introduce my freshmen to the Hero’s Journey, a lecture I’ve given dozens of times over the years, and I thought, What if I don’t actually deliver the lecture and, instead, just let them work through the slide content on their own? Continue reading

One especially valuable tech nugget shared at this weekend’s EdCamp is the recent addition of Voice Typing to the Google Docs platform. Google has given the world the gift of voice-to-text typing on any computer Continue reading

I’ll admit, I like goofy things. Apparently, so do the folks at Google, who have several tools we can use to bring chuckles and (hopefully) better research skills to our students. Here are three easy-to-use resources that have recently found a place in my classroom rotation: Continue reading

It’s official: My SmartBoard is dead. After eight years of faithful service, the board recently gave up the ghost after numerous failed life-support attempts. Since the warranty expired long ago, I was forced to unplug/say goodbye. A replacement board would cost thousands (money my district doesn’t have), so I was left searching for a creative […]

I have officially broken up with the Scantron machine. We had a decent run, but the recent mess of semester finals helped me to discover there are far more attractive options on the market. The best new scoring machine I’ve found is actually my phone, or more specifically the ZipGrade app on my phone. Over […]

This post is part of an occasional series documenting my entry into project-based learning. This semester, my students will participate in a 20Time project, a 12-week experience where they choose a worthwhile project to complete (somewhat) on their own using 20 percent of our class time. You can read more about the path that led […]

I was just stabbed in the back – by a machine. Last week, a few diligent students visited during lunch to review their answers to the Scantron portion of their semester final, a usual practice as I encourage students to review their marked papers to learn from their mistakes. The first student (and then the second, […]

Inspired by the wide variety of teacher memes making their way around the interweb, I decided to add a little snark to my first-day-of-school overview of class procedures with some personalized memes that will be impossible for students to ignore. The Meme Generator at IMPFlip.com is a handy little tool if you want to give this […]