8 Essential Chrome Extensions for Educators

It’s no secret that Chromebooks are quickly becoming the device of choice in schools around the world.  As Chromebooks and the Chrome browser continue to evolve, new extensions allow us to turn it into much more than a mere web browser — but a productivity machine.  Here are our picks for Chrome extensions that will change…

5 Ways to Move Your Winter Classes from Gray to Great

The “winter blues” is not only a real problem, but can be an annual visitor to your school if you don’t intentionally take measures to combat the negativity and low morale that are symptomatic of this condition.  If your students and teachers are absent more often, people are generally more cranky and on edge, and the…

Five Keys to Sparking Innovation in Your School

One of the most difficult things to change in any organization is culture.  When you’re trying to change the culture in an industry that has done things the same way for over 100 years, that task becomes even more daunting.  The question then becomes how can we move our school in a way that promotes…

Keeping Students Focused Despite Spring Fever

We know spring has apparently sprung when students begin to peer out the classroom window and be less than focused during class time.  Even as the adults in the equation, we can find ourselves pining for sunshine and fresh air.  In order for adults to maintain clarity and purpose, students to stay focused, keep students…

10 Ways to Beat Third Quarter Teacher Burnout

The period between Christmas break and Spring break can be a challenging time to keep students and teachers upbeat and positive about coming to school each day. These are the “gray days” of the school year and I am not immune to succumbing to these same feelings of burnout and just going through the motions. How…