Chase is offering 12 grants to small businesses. I only need 250 votes to qualify. Will you vote for me, please?

Paradox: Does Majority Rule?

Is it always fair to go with a majority vote?

A quick, but challenging discussion topic for any age: “Is it always fair to make decisions based on a majority vote?”

Five Great Reads for August 2014

Here are five interesting reads from the past month: asynchrony, age-appropriate books, copying authors, and money and happiness.

Depth or Complexity Alone Isn’t Deep Enough

I often see the prompts of Depth and Complexity used in classrooms, but too frequently they’re applied at a surface level.

Dino Obsession: Intellectual Overexcitability In Action

If you’re wondering what an “intellectual overexcitability” might look like, here’s me in kindergarten…

The Real Causes of Procrastination

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.