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KaosPilot Creative Leadership: Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius and David Storkholm at TEDxRVA 2013

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Public Relations

<i>This post is the second</i> <i>in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing</i> …

Connecting Teachers and Students to the Best Digital Tools

Teachers Deserve Help<p>Despite their enthusiasm, teachers don't report using edtech very frequently. Even in 1-to-1 programs -- where students are …

Creativity on the Run: Apps That Support the Creative Process

Let’s begin by shifting emphasis from finding the right answer to creating cultures that encourage risk-taking and embrace ambiguity. Psychologist …

The Dos and Don'ts for Integrating iPads

Our freshman and sophomore students all had iPads (wands) and some of the teachers would have them looking up information, collaborating on an app, …

Teaching

How To Help Families Integrate to 1:1 Programs at Home

Far-Reaching Impact<p>This new reality is a wakeup call for school districts and the families they serve. School districts must do more than just pass …

Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

Resources for Multicultural Classrooms (Teaching Tolerance): Produced by The Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance’s classroom resources …

Back to School Stress: Establishing Good Habits

Create Boundaries<p>Teaching is a demanding profession, one that will drain every ounce of your energy and still want more. The only way to stay …

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Having been able to observe this school pre- and post-Morning Meeting, I can tell you that it was transformational. We didn't use a fancy prepared …

Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators

Considering how ubiquitous smartphones and tablets have become, especially in high school and middle school, questions about managing use and …

My Journey into Connectedness

In the summer of 2012, I attended the SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) Summit in Canada. To put things into perspective, I was this socially anxious …

Brains, Brains, Brains! How the Mind of a Middle Schooler Works

The following is an edited excerpt from my book on middle schoolers: 'Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers. The chapter goes …

A Teacher Perspective: Advice for Principals

Rather than tell the teacher he needs to work on his classroom management, help the teacher gain control of the classroom by being there and …

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic …

A New Student Teaching Model for Pairing Interns with Clinical Teachers

Other practical reasons for revising the old model exist. Securing high-quality student teaching placements is difficult, in part because clinical …

3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers

The answer is to have them produce ideas without writing at all. That’s right, the way to get hesitant writers to produce as much writing as they do …

Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

LearnZillion Lesson Plan Sets: There are more than 2,000 Common Core lesson plans on LearnZillion. Currently, the majority of standards are covered, …

Using Mastery Learning for Success with Difficult Students

In taking inventory of the situation (called reflection), I realized that several of the students already had Spanish language skills, and that these …

The Digital Lives of Teens: The Key Word Is Trust

We wouldn't want to record every conversation they are having in the hallway. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, but we …

How Do I Get a PLN?

Each individual educator becomes a potential source of information. Collecting these sources in a location to access them is the PLN. There are no …

School Administrator's Guide to Supporting the Role of School Counselors

In some schools, for example, the school counselor serves as the test coordinator and may spend hours preparing the testing materials. Additionally, …

5-Minute Film Festival: 10 Videos About Generosity and Giving Back

This news report on a Michigan football team's perfectly planned act of kindness for their teammate is a beautiful example of how generosity can …

The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers

Reading this book was a healing experience that has given me a tremendous confidence boost. It has also yielded insights into myself as a teacher, …

Behavioral Sciences

Resources From Connected Educator Month 2015

You might want to consider attending an edcamp. Why? In "Why Edcamp?" Kristen Swanson discusses how these educator-driven "unconferences" present …

The Path to Digital Citizenship

Digital Health and Wellness<p>Learning digital citizenship is a fairly new category in the student course list. In the past, students were taught to be …

Education Technology

Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning

This time around, I wanted to be better about giving students more resources to help them integrate their quotations. In the spirit of backward …

Creating More Compassionate Classrooms

The number of decisions that teachers have to make in the course of a teaching day, or even during a ten-minute period, is enormous. Like so many …

Coding for All Ages

A Brief History<p>In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Seymour Papert, a student of developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, pioneered the learning theory …

Education Technology