Back To School Hacks: Digitize Your Syllabus and Lesson Plans!

This year I'm going back to school with a twist - I'm going to digitize my syllabus and lesson plans! A few years back I experimented with different ways to engage students on the first day - and first weeks - of school. Building relationships, engaging my classroom and creating a sense of excitement helps [...]

Teaching Writing With Hyperdocs

If you’re looking for a new approach to teaching writing, you’ve got to try teaching with hyperdocs. What are hyperdocs? According to their creators, Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis, hyperdocs are “a transformative, interactive, personalized engaging too to help facilitate student creativity and collaboration” (The Hyperdoc Handbook). And I can testify that hyperdocs [...]

Teaching English with Technology

As a 17-year veteran English teacher, I have seen many improvements and changes in the way that technology is incorporated into the classroom.  Gone are the days of using the overhead projector, of rolling an outdated television set into the classroom, and of feverishly rewinding an old video cassette.   Surprisingly, the days of grading papers [...]

10 Years Later: 10 Takeaways on the iPhone and Education

Ten years ago this month, Steve Jobs walked out onto the world's stage and said "this is a day I've been looking forward to in 2.5 years" because of this "revolutionary product that absolutely changes everything." I'm talking about the iPhone. And boy, did it change everything. Today, nearly 7 in 10 adults has a smart [...]

Emergency Preparedness Distance Learning

I was sitting in my apartment in the Dominican Republic for the third "hurricane day" in a row. School was still closed and we faced a full week of closure. Working to establish a distance learning culture our school sent a broadcast to parents and teachers; an expectation for students to utilize the online platform [...]