Gamification & Beyond: Don’t Be Afraid to Take Chances!

If we are truly committed to bringing gamification into our classrooms, let’s take chances. Let’s make mistakes. Let’s get messy If we want our students to become problem-solvers, we need … Continue Reading →


CUE365 Rock Star @ CUE17!

Thank you for joining Teacher Geek is Chic at #CUE17 at one of the three first-ever CUE365 Rock Star sessions! Here is a PDF of the CUE365 Rock Star Poster … Continue Reading →


Innovative Teaching: Experts + Technology = Powerful Learning

California has moved from drought to deluge very quickly. Our town of Manteca was bracing for flooding, with some homes being evacuated. For my fifth graders, it was scary and confusing: how can we flood … Continue Reading →


Lesson Planning with Microsoft: Individualized Learning

“Does anyone know where Emily is?” The young ladies at Table One quickly informed me they had Skyped with her that morning before school. The absent Emily was in 60 … Continue Reading →


Lesson Planning with Microsoft: Assessing the Lesson!

The best crafted lesson plans, to paraphrase Robert Burns, often go awry, unless we assess as we teach. In my Teachers College Tech 290 class, I had a feeling my class … Continue Reading →


SJCOE Tech Conference 2016: Teacher Geek is Chic with FREE Microsoft tools!

Thank you for joining my session on FREE Microsoft tools at the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s 2016 Tech Conference! Here are the resources promised and more! Remember, the … Continue Reading →


Lesson Planning with Microsoft: Introducing the Lesson!

Why do the best ideas seem to come to us right before school starts in the morning? While putting the finishing touches on my hair for the day, I suddenly … Continue Reading →


Hacking the Classroom Can Transform Learning!

Standardized testing was just around the corner, and my students were starting to worry. Beyond the usual nerves all students get when it’s time for a test, my students were … Continue Reading →


Teacher Geek is Chic! at CTA North 2016 – Uncommon Creativity!

Teacher Geek was Chic and Uncommonly Creative at the 2016 Good Teaching Conference North in San Jose, California, April 16th! Here is the PDF of today’s presentation, and please feel … Continue Reading →


Teacher Geek was Uncommonly Chic at ETC!2016

What an amazing conference with an incredible number of highly motivated educators! Thank you to all of you who attended “Teacher Geek is Chic! – Uncommon Creativity!” Whether you were … Continue Reading →