Creativity and Imagination

Wait. Don’t Wait. Write.

Wait. Don’t Wait. Write.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting in a workshop led by the legendary Ralph Fletcher. When I first started teaching, his book What a Writer Needs transformed the way I taught writing in my classroom. Giving students choice and time to write about topics...Read more ›
TLC Ninja Coffee Bean Featuring John Miller

TLC Ninja Coffee Bean Featuring John Miller

John Miller weaves tales throughout his History class using Minecraft. In Episode 26 of TLC Ninja, John describes the impact using Minecraft has had with his students: high engagement and expressive writers. In addition to being a Google Innovator and Global Minecraft...Read more ›
Give Them The Choice!

Give Them The Choice!

We all know that when students are engaged in a lesson it is much more successful. How to you get students engaged? How do you motivate them? I have found that by giving my students choice in their learning they are more motivated, more engaged, and gain a better...Read more ›
The Maker Movement Meets Literacy

The Maker Movement Meets Literacy

The maker movement is all about making learning meaningful through creating new solutions. Some of you may say to yourself, “My school doesn’t have a makerspace,” or “I don’t have time!” I am here to share that you can design maker experiences while meeting California...Read more ›

Giving Our Students Freedom

Some of the common things I hear when I tell someone I teach middle school include: “Oh, I’m sorry,” “Why?” and my personal favorite, “Let me buy you a drink.” I’m not saying that I don’t relate to all these comments at some point in the school year, but I also am...Read more ›
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