Year: 2015

The Windows Ecosystem: An Educator’s Guide

By Scott Sterling These days, you have many choices when you are adopting technology for the classroom. However, there are really only three categories from which everything else branches: Apple, Google, and Microsoft Windows. This is the final post of a series meant to cover the ins and outs, pros

The Google Ecosystem: An Educator’s Guide

By Scott Sterling These days, you have many choices when you are adopting technology for the classroom. However, there are really only three categories from which everything else branches: Apple, Google, and Microsoft Windows. This is the second post of a series meant to cover the ins and outs, pros

Which of These Celebrities Were Once Teachers?

We all know teachers are rock stars, but it’s also true that many rock stars, actors, inventors, and other famous people got their start as teachers. Can you guess which of the following celebrities once worked in classrooms? But Back to You. Teachers, your work is more valuable than words can

The Apple Ecosystem: An Educator’s Guide

By Scott Sterling These days, you have many choices when you are adopting technology for the classroom. However, there are really only three categories from which everything else branches: Apple, Google, and Microsoft Windows. This is the beginning of a series meant to cover the ins and outs, pros and

Teaching With Tablets: Best Practices for Using iPads in the Classroom

By Scott Sterling In just a few short years, iPads have become almost as ubiquitous in classrooms as whiteboards. Yet even though they’re incredibly popular, plenty of teachers still get lost in the idea of using them to impact student learning. In many cases, it’s kind of like handing someone

Incorporating Holiday Excitement Into End-of-Unit Activities

Teachers throughout the United States are about to enjoy a long, well deserved Thanksgiving weekend. They’ll relax with family and friends. They may start decorating and shopping. It’s blissful. Then there’s the return to school on Monday. With students in full-on festive holiday excitement mode, it can be quite a

The Latest on Building and Maintaining the Growth Mindset

By Scott Sterling If you’re in the field of mindset management, business has been very good. To recap, the current thinking in education is that people, in general, have one of two mindsets. In a “fixed mindset,” you believe people are born with certain attributes and they will never change.

Book Preview – Engaging the Rewired Brain

By Scott Sterling Earlier this year, we published a series of posts based on Dr. David A. Sousa’s book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them. In it, one of the leaders in the field of neuroscience and education took our current assessment-based educational culture and made

Cheap and Easy Ways to Celebrate Student Success

By Scott Sterling Celebrating student success is a key aspect of building a positive classroom culture. It can also have a lasting (and perhaps permanent) effect on the self-esteem of students. That being said, many teachers have the idea of celebrating student success with the occasional pizza party. However, there

Navigating the Common Core Strategies: Inclusion Dos & Do Betters

By Toby J. Karten Walking along the shore, hand in hand, glancing at the horizon, are two protagonists: A student with an IEP An educator who is implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS)   As partners, these two characters—along with colleagues, administrators, legislators, related service providers, families, and peers—comprise a