#MakeItReal Moment: Number 1

#MakeItReal Moments I’m starting a new segment in my blog called #MakeItReal Moments. Many of you know I host a weekly twitter chat called #MakeItReal on Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm EST. We chat for 30 minutes on the many ways to increase student engagement by increasing the relevance of …

Tech Tip: Zoom Into Specific Area On Chromebook

I’m sitting in a presentation and watching Alice Keeler present on Google Classroom at the Pequannock Google Apps Summit. She’s a Google nut, lover of all things Chrome, but a macbook user. I have no problem with that. I posted on what technology looks like over a year ago (long story …

A Puzzling New Year

I’m a big fan of puzzles. Give me a brain teaser, a number pattern, a rubik’s cube or some blocks that don’t quite seem like they’ll fit together and watch as I disappear until I’ve figured it out (this is why my wife no longer gives me puzzles as gifts). …

Instant Relevance: Christmas Tree Edition

I bought our Christmas tree today. The teenager who sold it to me at the VFW assured me it was a good one and would last the season, “no problem.” I’ll take his word for it as I’m not quite done with my Arborist degree. The kids love the day …

The Election: Still Relevant

This is not a political post! I just wanted you to know that 🙂 There are a lot of posts out there about the results of the U.S. Presidential Election. In fact, I wrote one for Alice Keeler’s blog before November 8th on how to use the election in your …

Desmos for Halloween!

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for great ways to incorporate Desmos into class. Tomorrow, most of my students will want to talk about Halloween, understandably. So, if you build it… Here’s an excellent new Halloween Activity! Have your students travel the Halloween Maze! Here are 3 great …

Bottle Flipping: Distraction or Connection

Are your students bottle flipping? Do you know what bottle flipping is? Check it out. Really, bottle flipping is just a fun fad that kids and jobless adults are making a new habit of becoming good at, like throwing cards into a hat back in the 1930s. The interesting thing …

Instant Relevance: National Coffee Day!

Teachers Like Coffee There. I said it. Today  happens to be National Coffee Day!!! Some coffee shops, chain restaurants and gas stations are giving out free coffee today. One of my favorite places, Dunkin Donuts…is not. But that’s ok, because they are lowering the price of a medium hot coffee …

Why Can’t I See Your Tweets??

I host a weekly twitter chat called #MakeItReal at 9:30 pm on Wednesday nights. We discuss relevance in our teaching, our content, and our students lives and have just begun a 7 week Book Study on my recent release Instant Relevance, Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons. Last night, …