Six Things We Need to Stop Saying in Education


Obviously teaching is a word that gets used quite often in the education setting, but I push you to try and eliminate it from your everyday vocabulary. When we say ‘teaching,’ we are talking about what we the educators are doing or not doing….read more

The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

When students take notes with their laptops, they tend to mindlessly transcribe the data word for word, like speech-to-text software. But taking notes verbatim is not the point. What is lacking in their note-taking-by-laptop is the synthesis, the re-framing, and the understanding of the information. However, those who are taking notes by hand are processing the information and representing it in a way that makes sense to them. They are learning….read more

Does Late Work Deserve a Reduced Grade?

A battle that continues to rage in schools all across the globe is the battle about what to do when students turn their work in late….read more

Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

The label of “21st Century learning” is vague. Some educators seek out the ideal of a 21st century learning environment constantly, while others prefer that we lose the phrase altogether, insisting that learning hasn’t changed, and good learning looks the same whether it’s the 12th or 21st century….read more

Effective Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom

Social media is something many teachers do not integrate in their classrooms. There. It had to be said. The truth is that most teachers are just too darn busy to actually weave the many education technology tools, social media sites, and mobile apps into everyday classroom life. That being said, some teachers are doing some pretty incredible things with social media in the classroom….read more