#IMMOOC 2: Taking a Hard Look at Our Own Teaching

  The assignment for this week’s #IMMOOC is to review Couros’s Critical Questions for Educators: Would I want to be a learner in my own classroom? What is best for this student?  What is this student’s passion? What are some ways we can create a true learning community? How did this work for our students? Wow. Those […]

#IMMOOC 1: Change As an Opportunity for Growth

Change is the opportunity to do something amazing – George Couros, The Innovator’s Mindset In the book The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros talks about the very real possibility that schools will become obsolete if we educators don’t figure out how to align our practice to a rapidly changing world. No, we educators don’t have to change, but if we […]

5 Googly Tips for Using Drive in an iPad Classroom

What I’m Thinking About… One of my English-teacher obsessions is getting student papers—now documents—organized before I go through them. This is akin to clearing off kitchen counters and doing the dishes before cooking a meal.  I can’t get started assigning or assessing student work until I have decent system in place. This fall’s 1:1 iPad […]

Digital Writing with iPads: Googly Tip #1 = Using Google Keep for Research

What I’m Thinking About: My school district went 1:1 with iPads this fall. After of years of struggling to schedule time with the Chromebook cart or in the computer lab, my students finally have consistent, daily access to technology. The main challenge, and this is for teachers more than students, has been learning how iPads […]

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The Serpent King to Empress of the World: 5 YA Booktalks

Right now I am finishing up my last class at SJSU’s iSchool. This class is all about giving booktalks and making book trailers. The goal is to get / keep people reading. I can stand behind that. This booktalk video contains talks on 5 young adult books, all of which I recommend whole heartedly. The […]

Time Traveler to Star Athlete: 4 Booktalks for Upper Elementary and Middle Grades

In this video I give booktalks about four books I absolutely loved: The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Teretsky, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, and Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Click HERE for the complete booktalk script.