Room to Discover

We are lifelong educators with a passion for helping teachers promote creativity, soft skills, and higher order thinking. In recent years, we have explored ways that technology can help achieve these goals, allowing educators to reach students in ways that meets their individual needs. We are excited to share this passion for technology in education to empower other educators.

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Posts by Room to Discover

Three Ways to Extinguish A Child’s Curiosity

I still remember the first time someone told me that part of my job description as a teacher was to “be inspiring.” Sarcastically, I imagined […]

How Working at Starbucks Helped Me Reinvent My Classroom

Room to Discover was founded on two ideas: that children learn best when classrooms are student-centered, and teachers learn best when professional development is teacher-centered. […]

Is Student-Centered Learning Only for Affluent Kids?

Who wouldn’t like the idea of student-centered learning? The very name seems to capture everything that education is supposed to be: an experience that is […]

Help Your Students Get Out of Control

One of the most basic expectations for teachers is that we keep our students “under control.” When we stand in front of a classroom, we […]

How Granular Thinking Harms Students

If you or your children spend time in schools, you’ve experienced waves of reforms meant to “fix” education. Whether we are considering Data-Driven Instruction or Response […]

Do your students have room to discover?

It has been just over a year since I first launched The months since I wrote my first blog post have been the most exciting […]

3 Steps to Implement Data-Driven Instruction (Part 3/3)

In parts 1 and 2, we looked how to get started collecting data for DDI and then how to use that data to plan for whole and […]

Just in Time Data

Just in Time Data Over the past few weeks, we focused on Data-Driven Instruction: how to use data gathered over an extended period of time to […]

Is Student-Centered Learning Like Opening Pandora’s Box?

I recently met with a group of veteran teachers from “traditional” schools to discuss student-centered learning. Perhaps because most of the educators in my Personal […]

Getting Started with Leveled Groupings

Conducting a Class with Leveled Groups If you were concerned about content coverage when we brought up the idea of self-guided learning, you may have […]

Gaming the System

It’s hard to attend an education conference, especially an EdTech conference, these days without hearing about Gamified Learning. As with any buzzword, it can be […]

How You Play the Game

Taking the first step to gamified learning can seem overwhelming, especially if you are the type of teacher who likes to create everything from scratch. […]

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