Learning Optimism / Promote Reading Ideas / Avoid the Summer Slump

June 19th, 2018

Many people think optimism can be learned. Time to give it a shot with your kids. Then it’s promoting reading in all subjects and keeping reading skills sharp this summer. On to getting every student tweeting, number sense activities, class discussion strategies, a Gapingvoid quote, and making your own backyard wave pool.

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Malcolm Gladwell’s Four Best Sellers Summarized

June 18th, 2018

David and Goliath
Since I started this blog in 2009, I have summarized over 150 books that offer great advice to the parents and educators who represent my audience. My goal is to promote sales of these fine books and help people who have read the books review the key concepts. Today I offer links to the four books by Malcolm Gladwell that I summarized. If you haven’t read them yet you are in for a treat. If you have, it’s time to review the main points. Have fun.

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Create Super Readers / Evolution in 6 Minutes / Makers in Classrooms

June 17th, 2018

Create Super Readers
Start with tips for creating super readers. Then it’s a TED talk doing evolution in six minutes and makers in classroom tips. On to creating learning playlists, a tour of a circuit board factory, using picture books with older students, a Dan Rockwell quote, and a trailer for the new Grinch movie.

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Screen Time Fears / 3 Must Reads / Teachers Lead Innovation

June 15th, 2018

Screen Time
Start with a graphic that can help parents with screen time decisions. Then it’s three must-reads for teachers and how teachers can lead innovation. On to the Copyblogger Book Club, your path to success, student-led discussion, a Tony Wagner quote, and flying port-a-potties.

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Authentic & Effective Writing / Real or Fake Innovation / Transformative Questions

June 14th, 2018

7 Ways Writing
Effective writing gets the job done. Here are some tips. Then it’s checking to see if your school’s innovations are real and some transformative questions for adults and students. On to places to learn critical skills, websites to help with homework, teaching coding in all subjects, a finding something different quote, and an eight-year-old drummer.

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