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Rock Star Camp: Embark on a Hero’s Journey

The 2014-2015 school year was the educational equivalent of my morning cappuccino, a concoction causing me to gulp down the year in a fiendish, caffeinated frenzy. And it all started with CUE. Finding CUE was the answer to many years of hitting my head against the walls of outdated pedagogy. For those of you that live […] Read More

To BOLDly Go

For months, there has been a buzz of excitement leading up to CUE BOLD. This event has been promoted as something new, something different. “The premier lesson design event for the West Coast” did not disappoint. Trying to capture the energy and excitement from CUE BOLD was like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. […] Read More

CUE Rock Star Camp NGSS Edition- Professional Development: Evolved

In my 23 years of teaching, I have attended many different professional development conferences. Of those, CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps have been, by far, the most valuable. The sessions at CUE RS Camps are relevant to 21st century learning and provide interactive hands-on experiences with other educators that are also searching for better ways […] Read More

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

Professional learning can and should be fun! At this year’s CUE 2016 Fall Conference, we are working hard to make the attendee experience even more engaging and fun than years past. To that end, a group of 14 educators have been busily designing tasks, missions, and challenges for attendees. Participants will be asked to capture […] Read More

One-Hit Wonder- A Rock Like a Teacher Series Post

Gentle readers, most of you have only heard one song by one of my favorite bands. You probably heard that song over and over in 1997 and if you were to hear the opening guitar lick right now, I’d bet that many of you would be able to place it right away. That song was […] Read More

The World’s Music in My Classroom- A Rock Like a Teacher Series Post

“I was born by the river in a little tent Ohh and just like the river I've been running ev'r since It's been a long time, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will” -Sam Cooke If you were a student in my classroom, there is no way […] Read More

Don’t Fear the Reaper- Rock Like a Teacher Series

Ed. Note- In honor of the CUE Rock Star Camps, for which you can still register and run all summer, we will be presenting a Rock Like a Teacher series of posts in which educators talk about the music and musicians who made them better teachers. When thinking of songs that relate to education, Blue Oyster […] Read More

Get In the Classroom with Rollins- Rock Like a Teacher Series

Ed. Note- In honor of the CUE Rock Star Camps, for which you can still register and run all summer, we will be presenting a Rock Like a Teacher series of posts in which educators talk about the music and musicians who made them better teachers. “What I had written, no matter what anyone else thought […] Read More

Finding My Rock Star

This is a story about a shy, quiet teacher who pulled himself out of a rut and was pushed out of his comfort zone to share his passion with others. Back in 2004 I was in a ten-year rut. I was teaching from a textbook and using lessons made by others. I didn’t stand out […] Read More

Digital Badging and Being a Rock Star

For all the time we spend learning and growing as educators, how do we tell our story? Some of us earn credentials, degrees, and certificates that cost us money and cause stress. We submit proof to these courses to our schools and districts, and the learning is then translated into a language that is quantifiable and […] Read More