I love that education has begun embracing the idea that students can show what they have learned in a variety of ways.  I love that students have access to digital tools that facilitate creativity.  It’s great that some of the easiest options to give them are already on our devices, in Microsoft Office.  For many of my students, PowerPoint was always their go-to option when they had a choice.  What I don’t love is how little time they spend on content, and how much time they spend on appearances- themes, fonts, (can we just ban Comic Sans?) and other tools to make it look good.Read More →

In less than 36 hours I will be on a plane to Palm Springs for the Spring CUE Conference, where I will be presenting the session that this post gets its name from.  The title comes from years of sitting through years of PD about topics like student-centered classrooms and active engagement, delivered via lecture and PowerPoint.  Why is it such a difficult concept that the same factors that determine the effectiveness of instruction with students also apply when teachers are in the role of students?  Why is it so rare for purveyors of profound pedagogy to practice it personally?  We will review some literatureRead More →