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Endeavor to Persevere: Preventing Burnout in the Classroom

Published on October 31, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Some days I just don’t feel like teaching anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I find a lot of fulfillment in helping my students to be successful, but some days are better than others. I sometimes find myself asking “Why bother?” when many of my students don’t seem to care at

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How would teaching history change if we could talk to the people of the past?

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elizabethps/3760462201/sizes/m/in/photostream/ If you could ask Ben Franklin anything, what would you ask him? Please contribute a question to this Google document.    We really appreciate it! What happens when you add the following ingredients together? 1 bright college student who has a passion for entertainment technology, drama, and computer science. 1 artful user experience designer

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Students Becoming Teachers

Published on October 27, 2012 by in Uncategorized

This week I’ve been at a regional conference for microbiology. Although most of the talks and presentations have focused on research and applied science, we did spend some time yesterday morning on microbiology education. We discussed several strategies for improving microbiology education including collaborative group work, cross disciplinary studies and service learning. Today I want

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EdTech Cheat Sheet

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7 ideas for creating a student centered learning environment by Paul Andersen

My wife has been raving to me about this cool biology teacher from Bozeman, Montana. Paul Anderson has become a star in the biology community for his Bozeman Biology YouTube channel. I discovered a TED talk that he gave sharing how he keeps his students engaged and learning. I had to share this with you!!

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Zombies in the Classroom

Published on October 20, 2012 by in Uncategorized

  My friends, I must warn you. We are in the midst of an epidemic of epic proportions. Our classrooms are ground zero. The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Every day, more and more of our students are becoming zombies. Not the brain eating, Walking Dead variety, but the mindless, blank eyed, non-responsive variety. They

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Learn how to create a mobile app in minutes using Corona SDK

Many of my readers may enjoy learning how they can create apps for their favorite mobile devices: ipad, iphone, or Android.    The Corona SDK provides an elegant framework for quickly creating applications and games.    I have heard stories of middle school students creating rocking games with this tool.    So, I just had

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Why should we teach both character and knowledge?

  http://www.flickr.com/photos/cauchipics/4471686868/sizes/m/in/photostream/ I believe that we can agree that the teachers who impacted us the most were the ones that served their students with love and served them with principled discipline.   During a road trip with my wife, we listened to a thoughtful podcast from NPR’s “This American Life.”      The piece entitled “Back

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Our Top 14 Blog Posts on Teaching, Productivity, and Leadership

Top 14 blog posts on teaching, productivity, and leadership since 6/30/2012 5 ways to get more results in your teaching environment. Why is perspective critical to leading and teaching? Michael’s Free Book Index How to reduce stress by keeping work organized using EverNote 5 fun learning experiences with Legos Jennifer Pahika challenges us to “code

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How is Scrum leadership evolving?

Published on October 6, 2012 by in agile, leadership

*** Disclaimer: no project management style is perfect — including scrum *** What is Scrum? To introduce scrum project management, I would encourage you to review the following video.  (Scrum in 10 minutes)  While scrum was created for the benefit of the software industry, the ideas can be used in education, general leadership and many

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