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Drop the Syllabus for No Dis Day on Day One”

“Drop the Syllabus for a No Dis Day on Day One” (first published here on GettingSmart on 7.27.2016) You know what I am talking about. That “hand-out-the-syllabus, set-the-tone, and establish-all-rules” practice that more than likely catapults students into a coma-like...

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Is 100% Student Engagement Possible? You Bet It Is

“The Voting Chips” (originally published here on GettingSmart on 5.1.2017)As I understand it, everything we humans do represents a vote of confidence and faith or a vote of insecurity and trepidation. I mean, everything is an investment, right? Whether it's trying out...

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Need to Energize Your Class? Just Add Wax and Be Still

Need to Energize Your Class? Just Add Wax and Be Still

First published here on GettingSmart on 11.6.2012There are many ways to mix things up in a classroom and inject enthusiasm. From blended learning to project-based learning to time-tested traditional methods, teachers today have nearly unlimited resources and ways of...

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The Tao of Blended Learning

(Originally published on gettingsmart.com on September 23, 2013.)Seated oh so uncomfortably in a rickety, wooden chair and behind a weathered, hand-me-down teacher’s desk littered with white stacks of ungraded essays, I stretched my aching neck and scanned my...

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“Blended Learning & Classroom Magic”

A "blended learning classroom" is erroneously becoming synonymous with a "21st century tech room." This is not always so. Blended learning can occur (and often does) without the slightest hint of technology. Through interesting classroom learning designs and...

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