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The Real Causes of Procrastination

Procrastination is more complex than simple laziness.

Joanne Foster led an interesting session about the true causes of students’ procrastination. It’s more complex than simple laziness.

Internet Field Trip – July, 14

Nine links from around the web from July 2014: Evernote student portfolios, Ancient Rome’s Google Maps, extreme closeup on a hummingbird, and so much more.

Byrdseed TV Student Access

Now students can log in and watch videos that you have approved. Perfect for small group projects, enrichment activities, or rotating centers.

Austin – July 2014 Trip

After a few weeks off from traveling, this week I headed out to Austin, Texas to speak at the ATPE Summit.

The Don’t Do List

“Yes” is so easy to say, and it makes people happy, but soon you’ve built up the expectation that you’ll help with everything. If we say “yes” to every request, then we’re not differentiating between what’s important and what’s not.

Ambiguous Sentences

This type of sentence has great possibilities for classroom application because of its two different interpretations. It’s a perfect tool to: demonstrate careful reading, showcase the need for editing while writing, and encourage creativity and divergent thinking.

Internet Field Trip, June 14

A bunch of fun links from around the web for June 2014.

Three New Favorite Podcasts

Here are three podcast series that I eagerly await every week.


Are you in the Orange County, CA area? Have a great teaching idea? Submit a presentation for OCC GATE 2014!

Creative Math Warmups

Creativity and math may seem completely incompatible. Math is when students follow predefined steps to arrive at an exact answer! Here are four ideas for quick math warmups that encourage students to use divergent, creative thinking.