Be Wildly and Unabashedly Different (My Hope for My Cohort as They Graduate)

My cohort graduates today. I feel so honored to be a part of their journey. So, here is my hope for them. 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 […]

Six Strategies for Thriving as an Introverted Teacher

I’m a hard introvert to spot. I can be loud and social and nobody sees how tired I feel as a result. I’m not shy. I’m often quick to engage in deep conversations. And yet, I am introvert to my core. Every minute I’m at a party I’m having to work hard to pull it […]

17 Things They Didn’t Tell You About Becoming a Teacher

I just launched a YouTube Channel called the New Teacher Academy. It will be a blend of inspiration, humor, and practical advice for new teachers who want to innovate and experiment in their classrooms. Here is the initial kick-off video. Feel free to like it, share it, and comment on it. 17 Things They Didn’t […]

Who was the greatest teacher at Hogwarts?

For our number one choice, we went with someone who is not actually a professor at Hogwarts. You guessed it. Argus Filch. That’s right, the mangy, angry caretaker of Hogwarts. You know, the guy with the cat? Okay, we didn’t choose Filch. We actually chose Harry. Harry was a phenomenal teacher. When he trained fellow […]

Because of Teachers (Good Things Are Happening in Our Schools)

Don’t worry. I am still doing the Best Teachers at Hogwarts series. You’ll see that post later today. However, I thought I would share something that was on my mind this week. It is 11:47 on a Friday afternoon and I’m right here at home. But somewhere at a school right now there is a […]

It’s All About the Relationships (Guest post by @trevormuir)

First off, he makes learning fun. From putting roller skates on Boggarts, to always having chocolate on him, to having a final exam that was an obstacle course, Lupin engaged his students with a great time. School isn’t always supposed to be fun. Sometimes it should be hard and boring, but you’ve got to lighten […]

I Was Just Like Neville Longbottom When I Was a Kid

When I was in the 7th grade, I this pair of shorts that were, well, embarrassing. They were way too short. They were pleated. They were plaid. They were everything you were not supposed to wear if you didn’t want to get beat up. But I wore them anyway because my grandma had made them for […]

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Was Snape the Best Teacher at Hogwarts? Guest post by @trevormuir

The 5th best teacher at Hogwarts is Severus Snape. Don’t look at me like that, Snape was not a terrible teacher. Yes he used public humiliation as a tool, played favorites, required rote memorization, spoke in a very mono-toned boring voice, and didn’t model proper hair hygiene to his students, But he was great at […]

Who Are the Hagrids in Your Building? How Are You Helping Them?

At first glance, it would seem that Hagrid has all the makings of a great teacher. He is willing to take creative risks. He has a deep and passionate knowledge of his content area. And most importantly, he cares about his students. But unfortunately, content knowledge and compassion aren’t enough to guarantee success. There’s a […]