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Innovators and Explorers Sandbox

Introducing a style of classroom experience that’s extremely different than what you are used to reading about. Warning: What you are about to read is different, out-of-the-box, 100% student-centered, innovative, creative, and does not have any reference to multiple choice … Continue reading

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2013-14 Microsoft Expert Educator

Along with 256 colleagues from 158 countries around the world, 30 of which are from the U.S.A. I am honored to have been invited to spend the next year working with some of the most innovative teachers on the globe. … Continue reading

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The Role of the Teacher

I have a very simple question for you: “What is your job as a teacher?” Is it to teach the kids math formulas, battles dates, English literature, or vocabulary words? They will learn whatever you ask them to…in fact they … Continue reading

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Ben: Why teachers do what we do

It’s the end of the year, exams are coming, teachers and students are a bit cranky and stressed, spring fever is still lingering as students are exhausted from a long year of rigorous academics. AP exams have wreaked havoc on … Continue reading

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Overheard in a Computer Science classroom

“It happened again.” “What?” “I was in a meeting a few days ago and they were talking about Tony and his lack of energy, effort, attitude, effort, and performance in his other class. But, Doug, this kid is one of … Continue reading

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Who’s on First: Microsoft version

OK, I know I usually address some pretty serious topics here, but just wanted to have some fun….. (I am sure there are many variations of this out there, but here’s my version) If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were … Continue reading

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The Value of Innovative Education

I had the pleasure and honor of being a judge at this year’s Partners in Learning (Microsoft) Innovators Forum. What exactly is it anyway and what is the value of innovative education to the world? Well, thousands of people in … Continue reading

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I am right where I want to be…

The 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovator Forum. Last year at this time, I was as excited as I’d ever been in my professional career. I had been selected as a first round selection in a nationwide search for teachers … Continue reading

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GRADES: Do we know what they really mean?

Tests 50% Quizzes 30% Class Participation and effort 10% Homework 10% Does that look like a typical weighted grading system for a class? But, what does the grade we give at the end of the class mean? Is it supposed … Continue reading

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24/7/365 Schooling

I’d like to bring up a topic that, while maybe a hot potato topic, is certainly worth thinking about and discussing. For the most part, most school systems in the U.S. follow a similar yearly calendar: school starts in early … Continue reading

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