How Analogies and Technology Can Deepen Understanding

Adolescents constantly work to make sense of new information, often by referencing what they already know. Teachers can help by introducing analogies. Curtis Chandler shares tips and tech tools to help put analogies to work, including Metamia and Google Slides. Continue Reading


Getting Your Feet Wet with Project-based Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/PBL_getting_your_feet_wet.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download As human-beings, we tend to learn the most when we are given something to do and a problem to solve. For example, when I visit with schools, I often challenge teachers to search… Continue Reading


What Happens When Students Play (and Design) Games

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/podcast_curtis_chandler_students_who_play_and_design_games.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNot everything we do in schools can be fun and games, but much of what we do in the classroom should be…especially when it comes to science instruction. I was visiting a school recently… Continue Reading


Beyond Menus and Ladders—Offering REAL Choice and Control to Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/beyond_menus_and_ladders.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this podcast, we finish our visit with author Alfie Kohn. Alfie insists on the need to for educators to move beyond the ‘menus and ladders’ approach in the classroom. Instead, he insists that… Continue Reading


Working WITH…Rather than AGAINST…Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Working_with_students_control_choice.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download One of the most effective ways to improve student engagement and student learning is to extend students a bit of control and choice in the classroom. In this podcast, we examine how choice… Continue Reading


TEACHER ENGAGEMENT-The Key to Improved Student Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/teacher_engagement.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere has been a lot of talk lately on how we might improve student learning and student engagement.   One widely accepted notion is that improving student engagement is likely to result in improved student… Continue Reading


What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Student Motivation and Engagement

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/motivation_engagement_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs human beings, most of us tend to avoid things that are difficult. For example, I was recently visiting a school where kids were running the mile as part of their physical education class.… Continue Reading


Garageband Lessons in Collaboration and Leadership

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Garageband_Lessons_in_Collaboration_and_Leadership.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis post also appeared in Education Week and was created through collaboration with Cody Loucks at Groove System Leadership and Team Development As a teenager, I was in a band. Well…technically, I was in… Continue Reading