What does Real Professional Development Look Like During a Pandemic?

Teaching in the last year has been like riding out a hurricane in a treehouse. As seasoned educators, we tried to come prepared. We knew our student’s emotional needs would be our top priority, we strived to make school feel “normal”, but from the beginning, it was clear that the 2020 - 2021 year would... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Kanban in the Classroom

The year begins with a bang. Students shuffling in with crumbs of summer still in their eyes are staring down the project to end all projects.  Their first topic in a U.S. course of U.S. Government is about Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. The Social Contract theory, an idea most of us first experienced in high... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Classroom Agile?

   Throughout the summer I have answered this question from educators all over the world. While I do not have a definitive answer there are some qualities that distinguish an agile classroom from a traditional classroom.  Student Agency In an agile classroom students are the drivers of their own education. This does not mean that the... Continue Reading →

End of Year Reflections

This year has been incredible. In both good and bad ways. Unlike any other year we faced extreme challenges in education. My students were split between distance and in person learning. They were masked for the entire year, which seemed normal at a certain point, until you realized you did not know half of your... Continue Reading →

Student Created American History Museum

After five weeks of incredible work the 8th grade students have prepared an interactive hands on American History Museum that explores the major events from 1800 - 1960. Like most major events this year the museum is both in person and virtual. This ensures that all students can learn and interact with all of the... Continue Reading →

Student Created Rubrics

Students worked for over 5 weeks to become experts in their historical fields. They self-selected groups from all different course sections, chose their own topics and then.. dove in.  One of the biggest differences with this project was the freedom students had to create. Usually there are rubrics that outline skills and content to be... Continue Reading →

Design Thinking in Humanities

The 8th grade students are tasked with creating an American History museum that will cover the 1800 - 1945. The idea is overwhelming at first. Full student autonomy, research, engagement, scaffolding, the initial project outline is missing the HOW. Students are used to being told how to work, what to design and when to design... Continue Reading →

Kanban in the Classroom

When I first introduced EduScrum into the classroom students created FLAPs out of the materials available. In class students worked with painters tape and post its, hybrid groups preferred using a template I had created on Jamboard. Each group found their way to break down their epics and stories into color coded tasks and moving... Continue Reading →

Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

"The Fourth Industrial Revolution is ‘characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres’ " ForeignAffairs.com Eazy Digi EdTech Solutions holds a monthly conference to discuss how education needs to change to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This past month I was asked to join... Continue Reading →

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