Three Simple Strategies for Grouping Students

Three Simple Strategies for Grouping Students

How do you group students in project work? Do you choose for them or let them decide? How do you ensure everyone contributes? Do you appoint each group a team leader? When I first started managing projects, I was horrible at grouping students. I tried to be the fun,...
‘Goals are For Losers.’ Try Systems Instead.

‘Goals are For Losers.’ Try Systems Instead.

Goals are For Losers For as long as I can remember I made goals. When I was a kid, they were goals for how many home runs I would hit or ‘A’s’ I would get on tests. As an adult, they were related to how fast I would run a mile or how much money I...
Debunking the Common Myths of Project- Based Learning

Debunking the Common Myths of Project- Based Learning

The Medieval Fair (Somewhere in a typical middle- school classroom): “Ok class, now that we’ve learned all about medieval Europe, it’s time for the fun stuff! We’re going to create a medieval fair!” The class erupts in cheers. Everyone exchanges high fives and begin...
But I’m not an Engineer. How do I teach STEM?!

But I’m not an Engineer. How do I teach STEM?!

Five Maker Mindsets to Start Developing Now Does STEM scare you? I know it scared me. When I was a kid, I watched my brother take apart an entire computer and put it back together without a manual or guide. Me, I could barely change a lightbulb. And no matter how hard...
#Twitter- The Best 15 minutes you will spend every day

#Twitter- The Best 15 minutes you will spend every day

What would you give for more time?  More time to play with your kids. More time for the hobbies you love. More time to travel and hang out with friends.  I know what I’d give. For me, there is nothing more important than maximizing time.  As educators, we know that...