What Is Your Inspirational Story?

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While it may seem cliche, tragic times require inspirational stories. Sometimes the tragedies breed the story. Other times, we need an inspirational story to help us cope with daily stress.

In Episode 98 of the Hack Learning Podcast, embedded below and available on iTunes, Mark Barnes shares a...

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5 Parenting Ideas to Make the School Year a Positive Experience for All

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In August of 1978, I was ten years old. My new uniforms, crisp white shirts, and brown loafers sat in the closet waiting to be worn.

I must've checked my bag 500 times to be sure my list documenting the 42 or so books I'd read over the summer was ready.

My mother had allowed me to buy the new...

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Forget Politics And Teach Tolerance

What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia should not be politicized. Many of us, including me, have made this despicable event about the president and what he said in the aftermath of violent protests of the removal of a statue.

Do I have opinions about these statements? Absolutely, but this...

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When Student Voice Says A Teacher Is Awesome, You Have To Listen

Few people in the education blogging and podcasting world do what James Sturtevant does: feature students in their content, truly amplifying student voice.

Check out Jim’s amazing Hacking Engagement podcast below and his show notes, which bring one teacher’s students front and center....

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Better Presenting For Teachers And Learners With Engagement Guru James Sturtevant

Engagement guru James Alan Sturtevant provides simple hacks for better presenting for teachers and students, from his latest book, Hacking Engagement Again: 50 Teacher Tools That Will Make Students Love Your Class.

Sturtevant, host of the Hacking Engagement Podcast, shares some of his...

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Why This Teacher Says Instant Feedback Is Where The Action Is


If one were to make a list of essential educator skills for the 21st-Century, certainly, collaborating with students would be near the top.

This episode of the Hacking Engagement podcast, embedded above, features a collaboration expert: Ann Coates is a veteran high school teacher in Hanover,...

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Hacking Your Thin Skin

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I grappled with the idea of writing and publishing this for quite a while. It’s not a feel-good post. It’s a bit in your face, depending on the kind of person you are, and it’s about as direct as anything you’ll read today....

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The Glass Classroom And Happy Birthday Hacking Education

Hacking Education, Book 1 in the Hack Learning Series, turns 2 years old this month. We’re celebrating by giving you Hack 9 — The Glass Classroom — here.

Enjoy this excerpt from Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School

HACK 9: THE GLASS CLASSROOM – PUT...

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How Teachers Get Cold Calling Right

Let’s begin a discussion about cold calling (on students, that is) with a couple of disclaimers:

One: Students with medical accommodations must be respected. If these accommodations include specifics about speaking, then ideas in this post may not apply. 

Two: Those...

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Toni’s Template for Engaging Reluctant Learners

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In Episode 90 of the Hack Learning Podcast, Mark Barnes shares Toni’s Template for engaging reluctant learners from the forthcoming Hacking Engagement Again: 50 Teacher Tools That Will Make Students Love Your Class (Times 10 Publications August 2017) by James Alan Sturtevant

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