How important is collaboration really?

Collaboration: n. 1. The act of working together; united labor. 2.The act of willingly cooperating with an enemy   Okay, so I’m not talking about strategies of war, though sometimes the life of an educator may feel like a battle. Many schools I’ve worked with have a late start day, an early release day, or

“But that’s not how I learn” – Part 2 of What Student-Driven Learning Really Looks Like

I have had the pleasure of working with an Algebra 2 teacher this year at Crowley ISD in Texas. She applied for a Dell Certified Eductor program in her district and attended my two-day kick-off last fall. She admitted that she signed up because she was positive that technology integration would not work in math. Some

What Student-Driven Learning Actually Looks Like (Hint: It Looks Fun)

Have you ever heard the quote, “When one teaches, two learn”?   This supports the mindset of, “The true strength in our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners, not in the knowledge of one expert.”     Gone are the days where the teacher is the only expert in the classroom. Classrooms need to be a

Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

What is the ideal blended learning environment? I have had a lot of noneducators talk to me about technology in the classroom. Most don’t have informed opinions (so I’m happy to share mine with them). Many ask me what the best device is for learning. Sadly, I’ve even had educators argue this point with me

Five Reasons I Love My Job

This past summer I made the switch from public school educator to entrepreneur.  I get to use my years of experience as a classroom teacher and district-level curriculum director to impact schools around our country as an educational consultant and trainer.  I just returned (in the wee hours of the morning) from a work trip in