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Kids Don’t Care

I am so tired of hearing it. “Another app? I don’t have time.” “I forgot my password.” “We tried that and it didn’t work.” “Do I have to? I really liked the paper newsletter. Ugh.” Yes – you have to. You really do! And another thing – Don’t. Get. Comfortable. When I left the classroom ten years ago we had iPods for my students, and we thought it was amazing. It was cutting edge, kids were beyond pumped to use this new found engagement strategy to further their learning in class. And then soon after schools started buy Smartboards, then […]

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Think big. Dream big. Achieve your goals!

When an idea becomes reality, and you’re living that reality, that’s something special. Training is important for sure, but having the dream, setting the goal and getting to the starting line is sometimes all it takes! This was it, it was now December. I’d run eleven marathons already in 2017 and was staring directly in the face of my hardest one yet. Way back when many months ago I started adding up all the marathons I’d ever run and realized that December would be number nineteen. Being someone who likes even numbers, and also a challenge, I decided to add […]

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4 Crucial Teaching Skills Every Great Teacher Needs

4 Crucial Teaching Skills Every Great Teacher Needs

Teaching is like nothing else in the world. The ability to pass information, knowledge, and skills to another human being is sacred. From the beginning of time, it’s helped progress mankind and further the next generation. When you think about everything at our fingertips now — with technology that not only enables access to information, but grants us the ability to watch things like the Mars rover land on a faraway planet in real time — it’s sometimes mind boggling (even scary) to bring it all into perspective. As much as technology has changed education (I mean, you can learn […]

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My Favorite Books Of 2018

2018 was a big reading year for me, in all I read 40+ books throughout the past twelve months and I wanted to share my favorites. You’ll notice I don’t read many education related books and this habit is not a new one for me. Reading and exploring outside the education genre for me really gets my brain to a new point of view and helps to bring real world ideas into my work in education! I hope you enjoy! American Wolf American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee was an absolutely riveting story about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National […]

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I Am So Tired Of ‘Nice’

I’ve heard it for years and years and years and years. People use it like it’s some magical quality that other people have and it makes them untouchable. Like they get a free pass from having to actually be relevant and push their organization forward. In my experience and opinion it’s purely used as an excuse to protect people, to shield them from the work they should be engaging in, from the people who they are actually here to serve – THE KIDS! I am so tired of nice. If you work in education, you work with kids, which means […]

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More – My #OneWord for 2018

Suffer.  That was my #OneWord for 2017. I can remember the comments after publishing my blog post last December and making it public.  “Interesting word Adam.” “I’m ‘excited’ to follow your progress” ‘Hmmmmm, let’s see how this turns out” It turned out great. Everyone should suffer on some level on a regular basis, let me tell you why. My experience in 2017 and the suffering I wanted to endure and experience and share publicly has led me directly to my word for 2018 with new goals attached. The experiences I went through. The people I met. The thoughts I had […]

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