How My Kids Made Me a Better Teacher This Summer by @JustinPMcCollum


When he's not learning from his kids at home, Justin is at school teaching his 3rd grade kids. He writes about overcoming the garbage that gets in the way of loving your job at Conquer the Cruft – Love Teaching. You can follow him on Twitter at  @JustinPMcCollum.   The birth of my second son a [...]

The Classroom Cribs Challenge (why learning spaces matter)

Over 2000 educators have signed up to learn more about classroom design on, and we are excited to partner with all of you in rethinking and redesigning learning spaces for this new school year. So, you may be asking yourself (as I am) what are some ways I can ensure my classroom and learning [...]

Hey @Disney, Here’s What the Modern Classroom Looks Like


I openly admit that I'm a sucker for Disney movies and shows. There was a weird time as a teenager and college student that I didn't watch much Disney...but now that I'm a parent of three, I'm back in a big way. My daughter first fell in love with Disney through Beauty and the Beast. [...]

Join the “Inquiry & Innovation” Book Study this August

The book study for Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom  starts August 1st. Here's the details... When I wrote my book, I knew two things: 1) I wanted to help teachers bring inquiry into their classrooms because 2) I wanted to help students have more choice in their learning process. In the past month I've [...]

How to Revolutionize Social Studies with Comics by @HistoryComics

This is the type of story that we need to do a better job of sharing in education. I've been working with Tim for the past seven years...and until recently didn't know all the amazing work he was doing in the classroom. This past year Tim was able to share some of the great work [...]

What to Do When Your Kids Finds Their Passion

I originally wrote this as a guest post for the blog. Be sure to check out that site! My daughter had been singing for almost two hours with no break. The song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from the Frozen soundtrack was on repeat, and my wife and I looked at each [...]

5 Ways to Make Your Mornings Matter


I've always been a morning person, so maybe it is easier for me...but when I wake up in the morning (usually at 5am) I have a couple of options: Do I press the snooze button and go back to sleep? Sleep is important after all. That's what the doctors say. Do I wake up and [...]

The Hashtagification of Education

On August 23, 2007 Chris Messina started something so small, he would never know how it might change the world. how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]? — Chris Messina™ (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007 Chris, among other things, was also a founder of Barcamp (which was the inspiration [...]