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Ralph Ellison quote poster

Refresh your room this week with new posters

Inspiring Posters about learning Refresh your room for the second half of this first quarter by swapping in a new poster or two.  We have several new ones up on our TPT Store.  These 3 quotes by physicist Brian Greene focus on the process of learning — it’s a journey,...

Man sitting in a tree near a field by Robert Mulally of Unsplash

Moving information from the “Stream” to a classroom Garden

Honestly, this long post by Mike Caulfield is one of the most interesting things I’ve read in a while. The Garden and the Stream: A Technopastoral   His thesis is that in its early days, the Web (hypertext) was headed toward a “garden” approach, where humans collaboratively curated and organized...

Syllabus….syllabi….sillybye…..

Ah, that time of year when teachers thoughts turn to ….writing a syllabus? lol When I was in high school, none of my teachers handed out a syllabus. We entered the classroom fresh-faced and mildly curious, taking each day as it came. I met my first syllabus on the first...

Quote posters for To Kill a Mockingbird

I taught To Kill a Mockingbird yearly for nearly a decade, primarily to 7th graders. Yes, that’s earlier than many students would encounter this amazing, brilliant, heart-breaking novel, but it was a great experience for my students. To help them through the difficult syntax, I asked students and parents to...

Discussion ideas for the film Ex Machina

Professors might want to dedicate some class time to discussing the film Ex Machina, one of the most thought-provoking AI films of this decade. Here are some questions to get the discussion rolling.

How many posters are too many?

When I was teaching, you could probably have described my classroom decor as “posters  galore, with a side helping of maps and ephemera.” Seriously, I had a little bit of everything posted, and I loved it!  I’d notice students looking up now and then, breaking concentration to stare at a...

Launching our business!

We are thrilled to be launching our business providing great educational materials to teachers via Teachers Pay Teachers.  This has been on my mind for a long time now, and we’re so excited to be bringing our two decades of education experience into the world. I currently mentor teachers who...