What Makes a Good Teacher – 20 Keys to Effective Instruction

Personal History of Learning For a large portion of my life, I wanted to be anything but a teacher. I still functioned in teacher-like roles (children's theatre, coaching a company team, etc.), but I ignored that in my blind aversion towards education. I ran away from teaching for many years. Part of it was I … Continue reading What Makes a Good Teacher – 20 Keys to Effective Instruction

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10 Important Research Findings on Games in Education

This post is based on the keynote presented by Constance Steinkuhler at the Games For Change Festival. See the whole Games For Change series of posts. Portions of this post were also reposted on the Classcraft Blog and on EdSurge. Games provide a 23% gain over traditional learning. 2013 research shows that games can increase learning outcomes by two … Continue reading 10 Important Research Findings on Games in Education

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So Much Tech, So Little Time…

With the NYC Schools Tech Summit on the horizon I am forced to recognize that, as tech savvy as I may think I am, there's never time to learn about it all. Sometimes it's just too much valuable information that I can't possibly absorb it all. Many of our students are probably familiar with that … Continue reading So Much Tech, So Little Time…

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School, Skittles, & B.F. Skinner

I now realize this blog is likely to be a weird mix of really technical stuff about educational technology interspersed with intense diatribes on the nature of education. This falls into that latter category. Let me begin by saying that I love the staff I work with. Even though I don’t always agree with their … Continue reading School, Skittles, & B.F. Skinner