Ditch That Textbook

Ditch That Textbook is a blog that's all about teaching with less reliance on the textbook with an emphasis on educational technology and creative teaching.

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You are in the miracle business — the best business to be in

The system is getting in the way. Sir Ken Robinson has counseled education leaders all over the world. He’s seen what works and what doesn’t. […]

How do you ditch “safe teaching” when prepping for THE test?

In a recent blog post, I suggested that what we consider “safe teaching” might be risky teaching after all. In this post, I talked about […]

Safe teaching is risky teaching

I remember lots of important moments from my time in all levels of school. Many of them are my times with friends, conversations at the […]

Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

Classroom newsletters are kind of hit and miss. If you’re sending photocopies of them home in students’ backpacks, I’ll bet your success rate is less […]

We should rethink our definition of ‘wasting time’

On Sunday, I was cleaning the kitchen. On hands and knees scrubbing the floor, to be more specific. (Yep, I’m that guy, and that’s OK […]

12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a whole […]

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Slow. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework […]

100 things I wish someone had told me about teaching

As a brand new teacher, I was trapped out on an island. Isolated. Stuck in a “silo,” so to speak. I had a lot to learn. […]

10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the […]

My blogging voyage, and how I do it (step by step)

Three years ago I embarked on the voyage “Ss Blogging” in my fifth grade classroom. (It’s a take on the “SS” abbreviation for “Steam Ship.” […]

10 ways to create interactive multimedia in any grade/subject

Watch a video. Move definitions around to match their term. Jump to an article online. Get instant feedback to a multiple choice question. Student-centered learning […]

Commitment is good. Connections are better.

Inspiration seems to strike when we don’t expect it, doesn’t it? I was listening to the radio recently and during a commercial break, they played […]

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