Monthly Archives: June 2013

Reading is not peaceful.

Reading should send you through a roller coaster of emotions. Reading propels you to other worlds and dimensions. Reading makes you put down the book in embarrassment from the actions of its characters. Reading sends you back and forward through time. Reading puts you in the minds of others. Reading connects you to characters you soon find you can’t live without. If you find reading peaceful, you haven’t been doing it correctly.

Great quote. What’s on your reading list this summer?


A parent organized some of my students in creating #SuperSelke comics. #Touching

Favorite post of the week!  So cute.

The Differences Between Projects And Project-Based Learning – Edudemic

More on one of our themes this week: project-based learning.  We’re big fans!


From Edudemic: Project-Based Learning is a fluid technique to enhance learning that really looks nothing like projects as they’re described below. For example, in a PBL scenario, the teacher’s work is typically done prior to the start of the project, it’s graded on a clearly defined rubric, and has driving questions that keep the learning going.


Are Those Games Educational?

Here’s a great article on a long-standing topic of debate: Are those games educational?  The author suggests in STEM subjects, maybe…. read more to find out why.


Can Digital Games Boost Students’ Test Scores?

There’s no question students are interested in digital games – 97 percent of kids play them — but what educators and industry watchers want to know is whether playing those games can actually improve student achievement.

A new SRI study released today suggests they do — at least in the subjects of science, math, engineering, and technology. According to the report, which is an analysis of 77 peer-reviewed journal articles of students K-16 studying STEM subjects, “when digital games were compared to other instruction conditions without digital games, there was a moderate to strong effect in favor of digital games in terms of broad cognitive competencies.”

So…You Wanna Make Your Own Books and Texbooks

Very cool stuff.  Would you ever consider this in your classroom?  Why or why not?


From Blogging About the Web 2.0: For many teachers the traditional textbook just doesn’t cut it any more. Between the rapid pace at which information changes and rising cost, many are looking for alternatives. Believe it or not, there are lots of options out there, if you know where to look and you are willing to get your hands dirty. The best part? Kids can create these using any of the tools below.

Goodbye, Beehive!

Last night, we packed up and moved out of the MIT Beehive, which has been our startup home for most of the past year.  It was a great chance to reconnect to the friends we made (and will miss!) throughout our time there.  It’s incredibly difficult to put into words how amazing it was to…

Schools That Work


Every time I watch one of these “Schools That Work” videos, I’m continually impressed.  Here’s a great one on project-based learning.  Check it out!


Project-Based Learning!  Success from start to finish!

Into the Strenuous Briefness: Learning to Teach AP Biology

Great post by a veteran teacher on the new AP Biology curriculum and what it might be like to teach it.  What about you?  Are you excited / unexcited about the change?


I was in a lecture hall this morning because this week I’m attending an AP Bio Summer Institute.

It’s been pretty great so far. I was greeted by a stack of four free textbooks! Plus a lab manual and curriculum guide, and an assortment of other bio teacher SWAG. And I’m getting access to lots of…