Why Teens Like Dystopia

January 2, 2018

I’m often asked by parents why I recommend dark novels to students.  My 8th grade book club tried to read one novel in particular, Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever.  I asked for permission slips because the book does include many young adult themes that might be better suited to high school, but we discussed those […]

The Instructional Gourmet

September 12, 2017

If cooking is your passion, you know it helps to add the right stuff to make the dish taste better.  That’s why my husband, a gourmet chef, has a list of four different balsamic vinegars on his birthday gift list. On the other hand, if a standard knife will do the job of slicing cucumbers […]

A recent news article reminded me there is a down side to using devices in the classroom: Learning software in classrooms earns praise, causes debate: https://apnews.com/620924b7d5544841a0b0398dfb9c6e7d The question, it seems to me, is the same question all parents have grappled with since … well, since parenting became a thing we do here on planet earth. […]

Recently, a fellow teacher came to me elated because her students did exactly what they were supposed to do the previous day, when there was a sub in the room.  She spent the day full of anxiety because her class, broadcast journalism, requires every student to be doing something different with all kinds of equipment […]

Make Learning Personal

March 2, 2017

This book, and its companion, How to Personalize Learning, are pretty much the “bible” for understanding why schools are making the switch from computer labs to devices in every hand.

My library is no longer a tribute to Dewey-Decimal symmetry.  It is a not-quite bookstore model/Dewey hybrid that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever … unless you happen to be an actual patron.  That’s because I have re-imagined the question of “where should this go” by looking at the picture from a student’s point of view. […]

I hear from many teachers who wish for something that will never happen — 1:1 devices for every student.  Not only will there never be a budget for this at my school, but I would not prefer it anyway.  Our aim is personalized learning.  Personalized learning is … well… personalized.  Imagine being asked to use […]