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101 Meatless Thanksgiving Recipes With No Dairy

Whether you're having vegan guests for your Thanksgiving dinner or looking to try something new, we've got you covered.


Brussels Sprouts-in-a-Blanket

The best part of this twist on pigs-in-a-blanket isn't the roasted Brussels sprouts, buttery puff pastry or even the pleasantly salty prosciutto: …


American Pies

Food Network Kitchens made three classic Thanksgiving pies, and then remade each one with a twist.<p>Thanksgiving Pies<p>Make your favorite classic …


6 Ways to Support Independent Readers with Digital Apps and Devices

This post is sponsored by MoxieReader. All opinions are my own.<p>What does independent reading look like inside your classroom? How are your students …


4 New Google Slides Features to Help You Create Professional Presentations

September , 2017 Google Slides has recently released a number of interesting new features to help you create professional presentations. Most of …


8 Of The Most Common Sources Of Formative Assessment Data


Creating Infographics & Visually Impactful Presentations: Getting Started with @Canva #edtech

Infographics are a great way for students to visually represent information they are learning about. There are a variety of infographic tools out …


Ditch That Marking: 5+ ways to improve grading


Making Google Forms Quizzes with Math (Free, Easy, and Quick)

Recently I received a question asking about <b>inserting math symbols, expressions, and equations into Google Forms for quizzes</b>. In the past I have …


3 Assumptions Teachers Should Avoid

Assumptions. We all have them. We carry them into the car, into the classroom, into work.<p>Some assumptions operate to save cognitive space: We plan …

Malcolm Gladwell

Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Oh My! 4 Tools for Picting in the Classroom

We’ve all heard it before: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That famous idiom (or is it a cliche?) first appeared in a 1911 newspaper and has …

Social Media

Sticky Pecan Pull-Apart Bread

This sticky, crunchy and gooey pull-apart bread is perfect for a crowd. Pumpkin pie spice, caramel and pecans combine to make it your new fall …


Let’s Talk About Methods for Conferring

When I was a new teacher, I learned from Lucy Calkins that there are basically four overall methods to choose from when planning instruction: 1) …


How do you focus on being innovative while still teaching the curriculum?

Here is a question I often get in workshops:<p><b>How do you focus on being innovative while still teaching the curriculum?</b><p>When I hear this, the viewpoint …


7 Best Apps for Student Goal Setting | Emerging Education Technologies

Goal Setters do Better!<p>Not all students are created equal. That’s why we have phrases and clichés like “class clown” or “teacher’s pet”, two …


Yo Gobble Gobble!: We're Sweet on These Chocolate Truffle Turkeys

In honor of Thanksgiving, Food Network is kicking off the first annual Communal Table, an event that we opened up to the entire food community. Get …


No More Death Stars… and Other Engineering Standards

Not another Death Star<p>Unless you’ve been hiding under a proverbial sci-fi rock, you are well aware of the excitement surrounding Episode VIII in the …

Star Wars

Digital tools add opportunities to our writing, opportunities that can motivate and inspire writers. The reach of digital tools allows writers to receive and give feedback, share beyond their class…

In my post, Teaching Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, Model I wrote about being intentional and purposeful using digital tools in …


10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students


New Teachers: Don't Forget These 7 Grading Essentials

<b>By Barbara Blackburn</b><p>Grading is one of the most challenging parts of a rigorous classroom and no more so than for new and novice teachers. Many of the …


Video of the Week: Making group work a win for your students

<i>Ed. note: Video</i> <i>of the Week picks are supplied by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best</i> …


Clean Slate

All kids have greatness hidden inside them. It is the job of an educator to help them find and unleash it. To make this goal a reality, we must …


Getting Animated With Google Slides and Screencastify

<i>I’m going to go into some detail about the process my class used to animate our Google Slides, but I got all my information from Sam Patterson’s blog</i> …


Why So Many Students Dislike Reading

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How teachers can conquer anxiety, overwhelm, and the pressure to always do more

<b>I am super excited to feature an interview with Dan Tricarico here in this post as part of my Truth for Teachers podcast. I normally condense the</b> …


EquatIO adds the power of @Desmos to turn your Math Classroom into a Paperless Paradise

<b>Subscribe to our Podcasts Today!</b><p>Podcast: Download |<p><i>In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we ask the question “Can You Take Your Math Class</i> …


How to Build Great Teachers

A former Navy SEAL commander says you can transform your life with 5 simple choices in the next 24 hours

As commander of US Navy SEAL Team 3's "Task Unit Bruiser," the most highly decorated special-operations unit of the Iraq War, Jocko Willink learned …


Medicinal Mushroom Coffees w/ Cordyceps and Lion's Mane

Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios

More and more educators are discovering the importance of having their students build some form of digital presence. Blogging is an excellent way for …