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Teachers–You Must Own Your Content

You just spent a ton of time creating a unit. It's beautiful. You'll use it this year, and maybe next.  Or maybe you wrote a curriculum or guide for your department. Who owns that content? This is an important question. If you put in the work, it should be you. You...

10 Ways to Get School Cancelled

"Is school cancelled? There's snow out there. Everyone's texting everyone. Parents, teachers, concerned citizens. We all want to know. Is school cancelled? "Did you get the text?" Nobody got the text. NOBODY GOT THE TEXT!!!  There can't be school today!! Looks like...

Stop Spending Your Paycheck on Your Job!

Teachers--how much money from your last paycheck did you give back to your job? Stop spending--before it's too late! It's prom season. ($40) "Can your department donate a basket to our fundraiser?" ($10) "Dress down day." ($10/month) Hosting a breakfast before...

Sanity Tips: Don’t Go Crazy At Report Card Time

Keep your sanity at report card time! The day before report card day is one of four days a year students miraculously care about the number in the grade book. Nobody cared when I said, "Sure, get that to me tomorrow," or "It'll be posted on the Google Classroom Wall."...

13 Tips for Being an Amazing Teacher

Someone on Quora asked me to give tips for teaching at a high school, so, I did. Then I posted it on Medium under the title "13 Tips & Non-negotiables for Teaching at a High School." Here are the 13 Tips and the original post: Each of these things have made me the...

Celebrate Constitution Day with FREE Resources

Celebrate Constitution Day! The the United States Constitution was signed in September of 1787. It wasn't ratified by the nine states needed to allow it to take effect until June 21, 1788. That's three-quarters of a year later. If you think our political process is...

Smile: It’s Your Best School Year Ever

Back to school season is expensive, but one thing that's free is a smile. Studies show a smile makes life better.  Smiling puts your brain in a very different space. Teaching is hard. I often say it's like playing dodge ball but I'm the one in the middle and...

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

An alum of mine posted a picture of drinks on my Facebook wall for Teacher Appreciation Week.  She told me I was awesome and said she'd buy me "tea," but she suspected she'd put something else in the tea.  I wonder if she thought I needed it. The absolute best...

“I Want to Smash Their Phones”

"I want to smash their phones." This is the number one complaint I hear about middle and high school students with phones.   It often gets directed to me. "I know you wanted students to have phones, but..." I'm a big fan of BYOD*--Bring Your Own Device--for a number...

Pinterest in the Classroom

Do you use Pinterest in the classroom?  If not, you should. Pinterest used to be a place for dumping pictures of all the cool things you wanted to buy and projects you never got around to finishing.  Not anymore--Pinterest is the place to be for research,...