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Tim Knox: The Magic Formula for Great Story Ideas

[embedded content]  By Tim Knox Is there a magic formula you can use to consistently come up with great story ideas for your books? I’m not sure there’s much magic to it, but I’m happy to share with you the formula that I use to come...

Living for All It’s Worth: The Novels of Neuroscientist Lisa Genova Explore Love and Empathy

[Enter our 87th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents—not to mention a chance at $5,000 in cash!] Lisa Genova | Photo Credit: Greg Mentzer In Lisa Genova’s novels, tragedy a...

Socratic Seminars in World Language Classes

The Socratic seminar is often discussed in the context of English language arts classes. Among its benefits, practitioners mention drawing on the value of open conversations to foster deep thinking and analysis, developing a group culture f...

Three Things I Like About Microsoft Forms

I’ve been a devoted user of Google Docs, Forms, and all things G Suite for more than a decade. I’ve helped thousands of teachers get started with Google Forms. I tell you all that as a way of saying that it takes a lot for me to...

Aiding Reading Comprehension With Post-Its

Students frequently complain that they don’t remember what they read. In the past, when I would ask about their reading practices, they often recounted that they would get to the bottom of a page of text and realize they had no clue about...

New Workshops and Keynotes for 2018

Facilitating on-site workshops and giving keynotes at conferences is one of the ways that I am able to fund Free Technology for Teachers and, in turn, future college tuition costs for my daughters. For 2018 I have developed some new st...

Fire Lab – A Detailed Lesson in Forensic Science

Fire Lab is a detailed interactive lesson in forensics investigations. The Fire Lab is part of Xplorlabs produced by Underwriters Laboratories (UL is the organization that puts the “UL listed” labels on things like extension cor...

Three Classic Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2018

Over the last decade I’ve reviewed thousands of free educational technology tools. Some have been a hit, some haven’t, and some have stood the test of time to become “classics” in the world of educational technology....

Creating a Dysgraphia-Friendly Classroom

Dysgraphia is a language-based learning difference that affects a student’s ability to produce written language. In the early grades, students with dysgraphia may have difficulty with consistent letter formation, word spacing, punctuation...

A Writer’s Journey: Launching Without an Agent with Lora L. Hyler

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] By Lora L. Hyler A few short months ago, I shared a bit of my writer’s journey detailing my search for the perfect agen...

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