Help Your Students Get Out of Control

One of the most basic expectations for teachers is that we keep our students “under control.” When we stand in front of a classroom, we can envision the possibility (however remote), that the class may rise up and refuse to accept our authority, leaving us feeling powerless and incompetent. Rewards and Punishment As new teachers, … Continue reading Help Your Students Get Out of Control

How Granular Thinking Harms Students

If you or your children spend time in schools, you’ve experienced waves of reforms meant to “fix” education. Whether we are considering Data-Driven Instruction or Response to Intervention, these initiatives have brought fresh ideas to education. Still, there is often a disconnect between how we teach and how students learn. One reason it has been hard … Continue reading How Granular Thinking Harms Students

Do your students have room to discover?

It has been just over a year since I first launched BlendedLearners.com. The months since I wrote my first blog post have been the most exciting of my career.  I have had the chance to work with dozens of teachers and school administrators, leveraging EdTech to support best instructional practice and improved outcomes for their students. … Continue reading Do your students have room to discover?

Do we need to protect children from technology overload?

I recently came across a posting on Doug Lemov’s field notes that expressed a common concern – technology overload among students. Mr. Lemov has had a powerful influence on contemporary education, and anyone in the field recognizes the contributions he has made to helping teachers and schools grow. I also agree with the overall sentiment … Continue reading Do we need to protect children from technology overload?

Best of Both Worlds (My Gamification Journal Part 3/3)

In Part I of my Gamification Journal I described how the needs of my students led me to begin using a Blended Learning approach to teaching math and I recounted the initial encouraging result. In Part II, I described how I extended the use of the online platform (Khan Academy) to personalize instruction and replace our math … Continue reading Best of Both Worlds (My Gamification Journal Part 3/3)

Real learning takes place when we give students the Room to Discover