NGPF Summer Institute Fellow!

  I was very honored and super excited to be selected as a 2018 NGPF Summer Institute Fellow! (full list of fellows here) I traveled to Palo Alto, CA to meet the other 11 fellows in the July cohort. We all became fast friends over a very generous and hearty dinner at Nola. The next …

Makerpreneurs and philanthropists!

A “quick” backstory: Several years ago, I wanted to shake up my Entrepreneurship course to give my students a real hands-on learning experience. My students had been creating business plans but they were too abstract for them to fully grasp. The plans could have required $1,000 or $100,000. It was simply more money than they …

The 2017-2018 School Year As Told By #GeekyShirtFriday Photos!

As each week passes during the school year, I look forward to Fridays more than the average person. I love wearing a different geeky shirt each week to let my students peek into my world, learn about my interests, and let them know that it’s ok to let their geek flags fly! My absolute favorite …

Google Applied Digital Skills

Google introduced a new set of digital lessons called Applied Digital Skills. There are lessons that tie in well with technology, business, financial literacy, etc. I did the “Technology at Work” lesson in my Entrepreneurship classes. It was a great lesson that helped students see the value of technology in various careers and sectors. There …

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Are you finding yourself looking for new material in the classroom? Sign up for these email updates and get some great information! You don’t have to read them every day. I have mine routed to the Promotions tab in Gmail so that they don’t comingle with my “real” email. When I have a few minutes …

Back in a boot and on a scooter!

It’s been a long and busy spring around here, capped off with another ankle surgery. I’m ending the school year the same way it began – in a boot and on a scooter. This should be it though. I expect a full recovery and a return to normalcy, whatever that may be. I have quite …

Breakout o’ th’ Gangplank

Together again! I had the honor to present a session with the amazing Rayna Freedman at the MassCUE & MASCD Spring Leadership Conference, Lead Like a Pirate. We put a twist on the typical escape room. We showed how they could be used as a professional development tool in schools. “Breakout o’ th’ Gangplank” workshop …

Sometimes I can’t help but click on clickbait articles!

Every once in a while, I get pulled in. A clickbait “article” looks interesting and I get suckered in. This time? Every State Described by a Single Sarcastic Line from a Bitter Resident It was too good to resist. I’ll boil it down to the ones that really hit home – where I live, where …

The week after vacation . . . in Bitmojis!

By now I’m sure you know I’m a fan of Bitmojis. I thought it would be fun to predict the long week after vacation in Bitmojis.   Monday Morning Monday Midday Monday Afternoon Tuesday Morning Tuesday Midday Tuesday Afternoon Wednesday Morning Wednesday Midday Wednesday Afternoon Thursday Morning Thursday Midday Thursday Afternoon Friday Morning Friday Midday …

Kiva loan repayments are so exciting!

When my Entrepreneurship students make loans to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world via Kiva.org (our team page), it usually takes some time to get an update. I received notice today that one of our entrepreneurs has already repaid 18% of his loan to us! This is so exciting because it means that his businessĀ is doing …

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