21st Century Careers


I’ve been speaking recently about a topic dear to my heart: the exciting, 21st careers that await our students. But it’s easy to get caught up in what I call The Three Step Story: Get good grades Go to a good college Get a good job I wrote about this in Success Isn’t A Straight […]

What We Can Learn From Super Mario’s Levels

If the designers have done their jobs, the player should always feel slightly challenged, but never overwhelmed. As teachers, we should aim for the same goal: students who are stimulated but not frustrated.

Top Puzzlements for October 16

Here are this month’s most-clicked on curiosities mailed out from Puzzlements.co! Dominoes, human slinkies, and an amazing chemical reaction.

Giving Better Presentations


It’s conference season, and that means we’ll all be settling in for a few sessions. I’ve put together a free resource to try to make those sessions more enjoyable for both presenter and attendee.

What Does “Smart” Even Mean?

What Does Smart Mean?

We praise kids for being “smart”, but what do we actually mean by it? What are we actually praising? It’s a surprisingly tricky word to figure out.

Top Puzzlements From September ’16

After a summer hiatus, Puzzlements has returned for Season 2! Here are the top five links from the past month of Puzzlement mailers (now being sent to over 4,000 people!). And if you’re not signed up, it’s free! A house built on a column that can rotate 380° Fill these trays up with soy sauce, […]

Reader Question: Morning Bell Work

I received a question from a reader regarding some unstructured time in the mornings. Sounds like the perfect chance for kids to pursue their curiosity – inspired by some delightful puzzlements, of course!