Professional Development: The Next Generation pt 1

“Professional Development” has a negative connotation for many teachers. In other professions, professionals are hungry for training on the latest techniques, mindset and tactical approaches. NASCAR Pit Crews get training. If they fail to get a tire changed in seconds, Continue Reading

The Mask of Ed Tech

A little more than a year ago I got a call on my walkie to come to the front office. Despite my ten years in teaching I still have a Pavlovian response to being called to the principal’s office. That Continue Reading

A Novel Idea For Student Writing

Jessie was an angry 8th grader, a fiery girl who had far better things to do than listen to a teacher and do homework. And when I told her class that they would spend the first semester writing their own Continue Reading

#BecauseofCUE

Twenty years ago, I attended my first CUE conference – I had only attended two local affiliate events prior to that conference, so the scale and grandeur of the Palm Springs Conference was mind-blowing. CUE’s growth since then has been Continue Reading

Lesson Design: Never a Solitary Adventure

As a brand-new teacher, I spent a lot of time abiding by unwritten rules. It was not that anyone had informed me to follow these. After all, they were unwritten, and yet so much of my time was spent deciphering Continue Reading