What is a 21st Century Learner?

What is a 21st century learner? Equally important, what does a 21st century classroom look like? It’s important that students learn the same content they always have. They will need reading and writing, math, science, and social studies. They will also need interpersonal skills like teamwork and collaboration, as well as skills learned on the playground like... Continue Reading →

Behavior Management

Managing the classroom behavior is something every teacher struggles with. Some classes are harder to deal with than others, but they all require some system of reward and consequence to keep the peace and allow lessons to occur without disruption. In the twenty years I've taught, behavior management has included some combination of earning Behavior... Continue Reading →

Tech 1; Teacher 0

Teachers plan for weeks for the first day of school. Handouts are copied, art projects prepared, desks set up...and computers plugged in. Today was the first day of school for me, and I welcomed 34 sixth graders. Now keep in mind that I hooked up my computer, document camera, printer, and smart board yesterday and... Continue Reading →

Tech Inspiration

I just returned home after attending the CUE 2015 conference in Palm Springs, California, for Computer Using Educators. Conferences are always inspiring, and this time I picked up a bunch of new ideas I can use immediately! Among the tech coming soon to my classroom: 1. Minecraft.edu  This is an educational version of the popular... Continue Reading →

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