6 Projects that Promote Student Ownership in the First Month of School

Don’t Wait to Innovate! Teachers often begin the school year with team-building activities or a review of the rules and procedures. But what if we began with student-centered projects? The following is an exploration of six student-centered projects you can launch in your first month of school. Note that this post was inspired by a […]

10 Reasons to Pilot Genius Hour This Year

“What are you going to make today?” That’s one of my favorite questions to ask in the summer. On this particular morning, my daughter tells me about her duct tape and cardboard car she’s creating. It might not work but that’s okay. At some point, she’ll make a functioning prototype. My middle son tells me […]

Seven Ways to Help Students Embrace an Entrepreneurial Mindset #empowerbook

This post is loosely based on a chapter from my latest book Empower. Thank you to everyone who has helped make it a number one best-seller on Amazon! Thank you to anyone who has left a review on Amazon and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat. It’s been so cool to watch people respond […]

What’s Your Legacy as a Teacher?

On Saturday afternoon, I felt my phone buzz. It was a message from George Couros. “Congratulations guys, your book is up.” Our new book Empower was officially live on Amazon. Terror set in. What would people think of it? How would people respond? Would they like the visual-oriented style or would they mock it? See what […]

Teachers Need a Roadmap, Not an Instruction Manual

Last October, A.J. Juliani shared an idea for a book we should write together. After we had talked about student choice, voice, and ownership, he said, “I want to do a follow-up to Launch called Empower. Let’s make it a why book. Let’s make it a book about a big idea.” We decided to make a different kind of […]

7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning

The best way to prepare students for the future is by empowering them in the moment.   Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for iPhone users) or Google Play and Stitcher […]

Here’s How to Empower Students While Also Hitting the Standards

Student ownership sounds like a great idea but what about the standards? How do we teach all of the standards while also empowering students with voice and choice?  An Epic Project (That Also Hit the Standards) Trevor Muir makes a powerful point about student ownership. If you do nothing else, take three minutes to watch the […]

Making The Shift from Student Engagement to Student Empowerment

We often focus on student engagement, but student empowerment is a step further. Here, we focus on the seven shifts toward student empowerment. Two weeks ago, I was a chaperone for my son’s fourth-grade field trip to a hands-on pioneer museum. Students learned how to make homemade candles, how to chop wood, how to do […]

The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students

We want to empower students. However, this can be scary for teachers. Here are some of the fears I felt as a teacher as I made this shift toward student ownership. Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on […]