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Here you’ll find a mix of articles and self-guided professional development opportunities I’ve created to help you grow your practice by sharing tools and tricks from my own experience! Please enjoy and check back regularly for new topics!

Free PD: Making More Engaging Video Lessons

One of my biggest self-developments during distance learning was my video lessons. Like most people, I’m sure, my previous video lessons for flipped classroom consisted of screencast slideshows that I narrated over. While these get the job done, I knew that they would likely not be enough to hold my students’ interest during distance learning…

How to Get Students Reading on Day One of Class

In the past, I’ve talked a lot about building a classroom library from scratch. If you don’t have a classroom library, get one! The benefit to your students as readers is simply unparalleled. But how can you start the year off right to maximize student use and enjoyment of your library and get all of…

Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 1: Choosing Books

I can’t emphasize enough the impact of a good classroom library. There is nothing more powerful than instantly greeting a student who has just finished a book with, “Here is another one I think you’ll like,” or “I saw this book and thought of you.” If you work in an environment where your school library…

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