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

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Stations and Iterations

A few years ago I needed a new way to teach the Executive Branch. I wanted students to read more about it, and show their learning more. I had to lay to rest a pretty good lecture (or is that

PersonalizedPD Session at #MACUL16

Attached to this post are the images from my session on “Personalized PD: Tools & Techniques” at MACUL16 in Grand Rapids, MI. Have a great day! Personalizing PD MACUL 2016 share

6. Energizing (The ‘E’ in CHOICE)*

The proof is not in the pudding, or the eating. It’s in whether or not I want to go out and make my own. After I’m part of professional development, I want to be energized and ready to go.  After

5. Collaborative (The ‘C’ in CHOICE)*

There should be opportunities for collaboration and sharing ideas, lessons, and applications. These can come in the form of teacher-led presentations and workshops. But they can also come in the form of individuals sharing their progress in small groups. It

4. Individualized (The ‘I’ in CHOICE)*

Wherever teachers start, the process should honor it. If that teacher needs guidance on why using a Google add-on might be a better process in her classroom, we should help with that. If that teacher needs to know where to

3. Ongoing (The ‘O’ in CHOICE)*

There are times when a brain-dump professional development session or conference can be useful. But we usually need more. We need time to Apply, Practice, and Explore. I call it Going APE!  Educators need the time to take the best ideas

2. Honoring Professionals (The ‘H’ in CHOICE)*

These people know what they are doing. It’s why they were hired, and why they are still here. They probably know what they need next. If we approach every professional development opportunity while repeating those three sentences, it will go

1. Constant Progress (the ‘C’ in CHOICE)*

We’ve heard great descriptions of where educators are in their learning. Innovation and educational technology offer a wide range of descriptors: early-adopter, pioneer, settler, cutting-edge, bleeding-edge, guru, ninja, pirate. Or not tech-savvy, tech-averse, just-got-a-smartphone. Wherever an individual starts, forward movement


Thanks to my friends Tom Whitford and Kristin Daniels, I learned about and started using voxer. I didn’t get it at first, but it quickly grew on me. After FlipCon15, Kristin put a bunch of people who met into a

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