Take the Red Pill and embrace Flex Teaching today

By Stefani Roth

This morning, I was reading Times Ten's newest book, Hacking Flex Teaching, and I couldn’t help but smile as author Hollie Woodard describes her initial struggle, even rejection, of educational technology. She explains the root of that struggle – which most...

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The Best Back-to-School Tool Is a Positive Self-Narrative

By Stefani Roth

When I was younger, older folks told me, “Time goes faster as you age.” And, like most young people, I mostly ignored their warnings and probably thought my life would be different. Of course, it wasn’t.

Educators know back-to-school time often means struggling...

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Educator Canvas: Using Principles From Startups In Your Classroom

The world is changing fast, and education hasn’t caught up. Teachers know schools need more innovation, change-making, and relevance. But HOW?

Blanchet and Bakkegard grew tired of everyone telling teachers what to fix without sharing the “how,” so...

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Teacher Quiet Zones: Escape the Chaos and Maximize Your Planning Time

The frenetic pace of the typical school day brings a cornucopia of noise and distraction.

Sure, this is the nature of school and some chaos should be embraced, but at some point during a teacher’s day, quiet is needed for planning, grading, and simply getting centered.

In fact, most...

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Tossing Out Traditional Grades: Gaining Buy-In and Open Communication

When making a big change like throwing out grades, many people will not “get it” and may push back in ways that impede the progress of students.

Schools and colleges have supported the traditional grading system for far too long, making it challenging to suggest this seemingly...

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Push Your Boundaries: 3 Ways To Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

After twenty years of teaching and more than fifty marathons, Mike Roberts is still chasing greatness. In his book, Chasing Greatness, Roberts shares his experiences while showing you, teacher and/or marathoner, how to run the most enriching race of your life.

The Warmup: Change Is Good...

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Harold and Maude, sunflowers, and the value of each human being

By Stefani Roth

One of my favorite movies is Harold and Maude. A little-known gem about a young man coming of age meeting and falling in love with a vivacious, soon-to-be 80-year-old woman.

Wait, what? Yup, all kinds of things to unpack in that storyline, but the most important, as is usually the...

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Gaining Student Investment With Graphic Novels and Comics

Here's the problem. Many don’t see graphic novels as serious learning, or they only see the limited potential.

Author Shveta Miller, a teacher leader and global advocate for teaching with comics, sees it very differently. In her book Hacking Graphic Novels, Miller shows...

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Build a Classroom Identity and Nurture Belonging

33-year veteran classroom teacher, James Alan Sturtevant, wowed teachers with the original Hacking Engagement, which contains 50 Tips and Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily.

Those educators and students got better, but they craved more. So, longtime educator and wildly...

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How To Structure a Project Based Learning Experience

As questions about project-based learning (PBL) continue to swirl, we turned to the experts to help answer our questions. 

Experienced classroom teachers and school administrators Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy explain how to empower those intimidated by PBL to cry, “I...

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