Dear Future Teachers…

I hope you realize how special it is to become a teacher. Teaching is challenging, exhausting, demanding but on top of it all, it’s worth it.

This job is more than just teaching division or the War of 1812. This job is about raising the potential of humanity. You are making the world a better place. You are important.

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World on Wheels: The Mobile Skype Cart

Last May, I attended an #EdCamp in Detroit (@edcampDetroit) and went to a session on Skype in the Classroom led by Andy Hopkins (@thebighop). Andy shared his idea of writing a grant to build a mobile Skype Cart for his school and I was instantly hooked.

He shared the thinking behind building such a device and made available a list of the items he had gathered in order to build the cart. Fast forward a few months and I was awarded the same grant through the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (@MACUL)! We at Costello (@Costello_tweets) were finally able to build that which we now affectionately refer to as the “World on Wheels”. This blog post will share how The Mobile Skype Cart has changed teaching and learning in our school. Continue reading “World on Wheels: The Mobile Skype Cart”

5 Podcasts Every Teacher Should Listen To

5 Podcasts Every Teacher Should Listen To

One of the greatest life hacks I’ve ever learned came from Darren Hardy in his book, The Compound Effect, where he encourages readers to “Enroll in Drive-Time University.” Now this isn’t just any school… This means transforming your car into your own personalized mobile classroom by listening to inspiring and educational audio while you drive.

Have you ever thought about how many hours you spend driving? I spend about 50 minutes in my car every day just driving to and from school. Multiply this by five days a week and there’s 250 minutes a week. Prior to enrolling in Drive-Time U, I was spending those minutes unconsciously zoning out, listening to mindless garbage on the radio! The AAA Foundation did a study and found the average person spends 17,600 minutes a year driving! Imagine if you spent those minutes learning instead of daydreaming… Continue reading “5 Podcasts Every Teacher Should Listen To”

5 Life Lessons Learned from the #CardboardChallenge

One of our most passionate beliefs when it comes to teaching is that school should be more than just a place for content delivery and instruction. School should be a place that inspires creativity and innovation and prepares kids to be successful in whatever they choose to do after their schooling. One way we set out to do this with our 4th graders throughout the year is through creating epic learning experiences with Project-Based Learning.

The first week of school Grayson brought up the idea of doing the Cardboard Challenge inspired by the viral video, Caine’s Arcade. If you don’t know Caine’s amazing story of how he turned his father’s car shop into a cardboard arcade over summer vacation, watch the video below to learn his story. This video went viral and has started an entire movement in schools to foster creativity and innovation by taking place in the Cardboard Challenge. Continue reading “5 Life Lessons Learned from the #CardboardChallenge”

Mystery Skype in a Nutshell…

Mystery Skype is a global guessing game where 2 classes from anywhere in the world Skype each other, taking it, in turn, to ask yes/no questions to determine where the other school is located and what its name is. The first class to find out wins! It’s like playing 20 questions… on a global scale! Continue reading “Mystery Skype in a Nutshell…”

Innovation: Needed Now More than Ever

IMMOOC Season 3, Episode 1

Start with Why

Simon Sinek (@simonsinek), challenges everyone to start with their “why”, in his widely popular Ted Talk. We think this was a great question to start off with in our new season of IMMOOC: putting words to the “why” for innovation because when your WHY is big enough, the HOW will show up. To quote the master directly,

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Never Settle for “Good Enough”

Why Reinventing the Wheel is a Good Thing

One thing that I’ve come to learn about myself is that I can’t stand to do things I’ve already done. I live for novelty… and this goes for almost every aspect of my life. I used to be a huge collector of DVDs. At one point, I had around 300 in the collection. But thousands of dollars too late, I realized that once I owned it, I never watched it again. Continue reading “Never Settle for “Good Enough””