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5 Things to Keep In Mind with Choose Your Own Journey Stories

5 Things to Keep In Mind with Choose Your Own Journey Stories

A little while ago, I published a guide on how to write your own Choose-Your-Own Journey stories. Since that post, I’ve had some time to reflect, and I’ve brainstormed 5 extra ideas that I would add to my original guide. Start small. I’m not sure I said enough of this...Read more ›
The Struggle is Real – & it Improves Student Learning!

The Struggle is Real – & it Improves Student Learning!

Research finds that “the struggle” is key to students learning and retaining information. In a recent Edutopia article, writer Shannon McGrath explores how decreasing teacher talk could improve student learning outcomes in the classroom. Teachers, for far...Read more ›
Engaging the Families of English Language Learners

Engaging the Families of English Language Learners

Today, record numbers of English Language Learners are being educated in classrooms across our country. In California alone, there are approximately 1.196 million English Learners in CA public schools – which constitutes about 19.3% of total enrollment (CDE,...Read more ›
Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity in the Classroom

I love drawing and sketch-noting. I love photography. I love creating. If I could do it for a living, I think it’s one of the few things I would give up teaching for because it brings me such happiness and just an overwhelming sense of calm and purpose. Until the time...Read more ›
Breaking the Blockbuster Model

Breaking the Blockbuster Model

In 1905, the first Nickelodeon opened in Columbus, Ohio and charged a large crowd of several hundred people 5¢ each to see a movie. (Get it–a “nickle”odeon?) Since then, movies have changed a lot,  and so has education too. Recently, I’ve been a part of some really...Read more ›
The Game Changer

The Game Changer

Seriously, is there anything better than hearing from students that, YES, I do have a voice!? Pear Deck allows for differentiation, collaboration, data collection and engagement all in one fabulous tool. It’s centered around students and teachers, and was developed by...Read more ›