open-ended math workshop

open-ended math workshop

The Why? Open-ended math question days are the most exciting ones in my classroom. The room is usually frenetic with students eager to solve complex problems. Student agency takes center stage as they are asked to solve a problem in any way they want using any tool...
genius hour workshop

genius hour workshop

What is Genius Hour? Inspired by Google’s 20% initiative, Genius Hour is an international movement that is provoking student-centered passion projects with teacher guidance. Teachers are the facilitators in a student’s independent (or small group) inquiry journey....
coaching the future

coaching the future

I don’t know it all. I know a lot of different things about a lot of different things. I like to share my expertise with others in hopes that it might inspire them. And I really like to talk and collaborate on ideas that are just outside of the norm. But I don’t...
empathy leads to action

empathy leads to action

Each week, my students would come in from their lunch break with complaints about playground shenanigans. Often times, complaints went something like this, “And then the 2nd graders wouldn’t…” or “This 2nd grade boy wasn’t…” I couldn’t take it anymore. After a lunch...