25 ways to Ditch That Homework

How would your day differ if you no longer assigned homework to your students? Would your instruction or the learning happening in your classroom change? […]

Big, moonshot-sized ideas for changing classrooms and schools

In the midst of the chaos of our educator lives, it’s hard to find time to think big. Lesson plans. Grading. Emails. Meetings. When do […]

9 issues about homework and teacher thoughts on each (#LeadLAP)

Homework is such a difficult topic to discuss. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Sometimes, we think we disagree on something and it […]

Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2017

And just like that, 2017 is in the books. Technology in classrooms has seen some great changes. For instance, “Flipgrid Fever” (flipgrid.com) has really taken […]

Five questions to ask before assigning homework

After co-authoring Ditch That Homework, I’ve participated in LOTS of meaningful discussions about the subject. And they haven’t all been about “homework is evil and […]

How to assign challenges instead of math homework

At the same time, being a math teacher puts me in a tough place with the parents and guardians of my students. After all, they’re […]

8 strategies for reducing your reliance on homework

In the past, I’ve assigned homework when I’ve felt a lack of control, a sense of scrambling to cover everything. I would think, “These students […]

My name is Matt, and I ditched my homework. Here’s why

Most of my teachers gave me homework as a student. Most of the teachers in my building assigned homework when I started teaching. I just assumed […]

How to get parents on board with your big changes

As teachers, we work hard to get our students on board with what we’re doing in class. We try our best to relate everything to […]

2 BRAND NEW tools to help students display work, reflect

Google Slides is such a versatile tool in G Suite (Google Apps). It goes much further than creating a slide presentation to show on the […]

Improve retention, re-teach less with this learning technique

What if you didn’t have to spend so much time re-teaching material to your students? What if that material was securely saved in their minds, […]

6 steps to transition to digital

The “paperless classroom” is a buzzword that flies around education and edtech discussions a lot. It’s for good reason, too. A paperless classroom can … promote […]

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