We need to help our students dig deeper into the text.  We want them to understand–to make connections, to be able to explain what they’ve read, to use this knowledge after they’ve left our classrooms.

No doubt about it–video is a powerful learning tool. Here are three quick tips to improve the quality of the YouTube videos you share with your students.

Improve the look of your handouts (and eliminate hours of future frustration) with one simple trick.

To be effective, our students must really understand the reasons we do what we do.

Unlike business leaders (and principals), teachers don’t get to choose who gets on our bus, and we can’t alter the destination, but we do have a lot of control over how we get there.

A month ago, I had a stack of unfinished books at least eight inches high by my bed, another unfinished book in my school bag, a few by my desk at school, and too many to count in my Kindle.

A few “tricks up your sleeve” to use for last-minute sub plans, a few spare minutes, or when the copy machine breaks.

Take some time to think about what we do, why we do it, and how we can do it better next year.

During 5th period on Friday, I walked up to the front office to check my mailbox and deliver some paperwork to the school secretary.  I watched as a student sauntered down the sidewalk on the other side of the open patio, swinging the hall pass lanyard until it wrapped tightly around his fingers and then swinging it the other way to unwind it.

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