Approaching the start of a new year...

Okay peeps and tweeps, it's time for this year's round-up of inspiration and wholesome challenging goodness for the start of the school year. This is when I share who / what is challenging me right now with you... kind of an annotated bibliblography of awesome.

Are your students totally Psyched?

Okay, maybe they're not, but they should be. If you're a teacher, and you're not a Vlog Brothers fan (or a Nerdfighter like me), you may have missed this. I'm posting it here for you to share with your friends, colleagues, administrators, and, most importantly, your students. DFTBA

An Open Letter to Students Returning to School

John Green

Room Readiness

Ahhh... Room readiness. No matter what your district calls it, you probably have to go set up your junk this week or next week. What are you going to do differently? What will you keep the same? What is your core message? ...WHAT? I thought we were talking about room setup, not an essay or lecture. This year, I'm going to have to face the ideas that challenged me in this blog post, "The Secrets of Your Classroom - What Your Set Up Says About You", by

  • Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
  • clich├ęd
  • What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee - This is the practical application of Mcgonigal's book in education. It is also the required text for the course I'm facilitating this fall. Even if you're not up for the course, the book is a "must-read", not typically the case with required texts...


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