Stuck in the Introduction

Yikes, this is not good! I pulled up the three chapters I have roughly written for my next book and I was all set to polish them up a little and zip them over to my developmental editor at my publisher Solution Tree. My plan is not going very well.

The way I approach writing a book is a plow through and write. Then I let it sit before I try and clean up my writing. So here I am in spring cleaning mode and I can’t even plow through the first few pages.

I am trying to grab the audience, and create the next bestseller. Yet there is so much to say I am having trouble sequencing everything, or getting anything into the computer. I have the table of contents I wrote months ago, but somehow that is not helping me at the moment.

I think I will go back to basics and focus on the three key elements in the book pedagogy, technology, and change knowledge. I’m off to see if I can get this party started!

Back From Iowa and Off On the Next Road Trip

I returned from Estherville Iowa late Friday night, I quickly played the part of the Easter bunny, and then back in the car for a great day of professional development in Ashland IL today. Back home tonight with my feet up I started to reflect on the road trip adventure and the Choose2Matter Live event. Our small but mighty team reached over 1500 students and their families, it was really an amazing two day event! Start by checking out the news and after I catch up with email I will share more thoughts.

Siouxland School District Puts Passion of Students Front and Center

Estherville Students Choose2Matter

Choose2Matter Should Be an Every Day Event


engage students

#YouMatter Adventure

Tomorrow I am off on an official road trip with my friend of over 30 years Marcel Pacatte @mpacatte This is going to be an adventure for the record books! We are driving 7.5 hours to the Northwestern tip of Iowa to a tiny town named Estherville to watch @angelamaiers work her magic with her amazing #youmatter movement. We will be Twittering throughout the event. We can’t wait to see 1400 students in action solving real problems. I will create a reflection post when we return!


Gamifacation of Professional Development

I am doing some interesting research about gamification of professional development for educators. Great blog post by Chris Like. I love the idea! I am starting my research with badges. I am taking some of the professional development videos I have created and building badges around them. I know coaching is a critical component to professional development and specifically I am researching how video and social media could be part of the process. Stay tuned as I continue to share what I learn.

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Creating Google Forms to Collect Data Badge

Teachers will create online forms that present well-designed formative assessments that students can complete inside and outside of the classroom. The forms will help streamline the organization of the data helping with record keeping and making it possible for teachers to differentiate the lessons based on the specific needs of students.


Watch the video lesson and complete the artifact!

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Creating Rubrics Badge

As groups of students are creating technology rich products to demonstrate what they know, assessment practices have to change. Learn some strategies to create rubrics using technology resources that clearly describe high expectations for students that are defined base on the nature of the student products.


Watch the video lesson, complete the artifact and we will send you a badge.

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Creating Student Centers Badge

Centers are no longer just for primary classrooms. Learn strategies to reorganize lessons to include small group learning centers that include student choice. Teachers will learn how to organize the technology rich centers to meet the diverse needs of students while aligning the tasks clearly to the standards.

Watch the video lesson, complete the artifact and we will send you a badge after we review your work!