Building Confidence

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Enthusiasm for Technology

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Engaging Students

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"You have helped me find ways of incorporating technology into my classroom that I didn’t even know existed. This technology has helped to engage my students as well as reinvigorate me as an instructor.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' - Kenny B. (Social Studies Teacher) More »

Lots of Information

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The Courage to Try Something New

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"You gave me the courage to try something new in my classroom. And it worked!\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' - Margaret P. (Advanced Placement Teacher) More »


The Story Behind #FiresidePD

Kenny Bosch and I discussed this for a while, and Chuck Taft, Michael Matera, and Pamela Nosbusch were doing a version of it at the University School of Milwaukee with their staff. But after spending about 16 and 19 hours


“The throwable microphone for audience engagement.” I shared it recently at EdCamp Leader in Chicago, and presented with it at the Summer Spark Conference in Milwaukee. Everyone loved it and immediately started brainstorming about ideas on how they could use

“It’s Not That Scary”

As we continue forward well into the school year, I’m thinking back to a few weeks ago when I went with my family to the Little America Theme Park about an hour from our house. One of the attractions is

Benchmarks Should Be Benched*

As teachers who have been victims of standardized professional development, we say benchmarks should be benched. Here’s the problem (especially in the world of educational technology). When a school or district sets a standard, however well-meaning, they lose or alienate

We Should All Teach Kindergarten

The students who show up in my classroom are juniors and seniors in high school, and they’ve been told that these are the best years of their lives. But I bet if you asked them, most would say that Kindergarten

Sometimes You Gotta Let the Berries Grow

Three years ago I planted a garden. Well, two really. Side by side in a small clearing in the woods behind our house. Last year I accidentally buried and killed the strawberries in one garden, but we got 8 times

Plan Like a Surgeon (#PLSHelp)

I participated in the #TLAP chat after the University School of Milwaukee Summer Spark event. Question 4 from Dave Burgess asked something about the best kind of session at the best kind of conference. With his earlier comments about “pimping

A Commitment to “Newbies”

I met so many interesting and inspirational people recently at EdCamp Leader (#edcampldr) in Chicago, IL and FlipCon 2015 (#flipcon15) in East Lansing, MI. And I have so many blog posts to write that are now waiting in line inside

Student Blogs: Why?

I had the rewarding opportunity to talk with FACE Teacher Erin F. about blogging options for her students. She said that her students were taking pictures of the food creations they were making in her classes, and sharing them online.

#30SecondTake March Madness Competition

Vote early and vote often for @jbretzmann at #30SecondTake or any other educator who resonates with you as we answer the question, “What’s the greatest Cinderella Story yet to be told in education?” from @GustafsonBrad