Creating a Well-Oiled Classroom Machine: Part 2

You have been back in school for a few weeks now. The holidays are over and your beloved time off has come and gone (it happens so fast, doesn’t it?  Keep counting the days until Spring Break!).   We are sure that you are back in the groove, creating tests, planning lessons and wondering again how […]

Creating a Well-Oiled Classroom Machine: Part I

Classroom Management is a topic that we approach with high hopes and enthusiasm.  Many teachers may surf the net, expectantly looking for articles in hopes of  finding a strategy or a secret that is going to miraculously solve our management issues.  We do not have secrets or quick fixes in this article but we do […]

Google Apps for the Classroom

Over 40 Million Students, Teachers and Administrators are using Google Apps for Education. Are you? Schools all over the world are using Google Classroom to organize their classes, introduce their students to technology that will help the advance their career and their lives and have a lot of fun with interactive, technology-driven classrooms. According to […]


Is Google Classroom Right for You?

Google shipped 715,500 Chromebook laptop computers in the 3rd Quarter of 2014 compared to 702,000 iPads during the same time according to IDC, the market research firm.  The Google Chromebook sells for as little at $199 and now accounts for more than ¼ of the market. So … Is Google Classroom or Google Apps for […]

Goodnight iPad …

Apple and other technology companies continue to make gadgets that spark our imagination and take our money. In fact, I have a strong desire to purchase an iPhone 6 right now but my rational side (and wife) are helping me to keep my wallet in my pocket. Am I addicted? Do I need more balance […]

Common Sense and the Common Core: Adding Integers

Adding Integers Grade 7, Math CCSS:  Math.7.NS.A.1c Adding integers is tricky and students need support!  The concept of numbers having additive inverses on a side of the number line that for years didn’t exist in their schema, can be very hard for students to grasp when they first see this concept in late elementary school. […]

Common Sense and the Common Core: Technology and Textbooks

In this episode, we explore technology and the classroom.  Specifically, we will be learning about the use of ebooks and how they can be used in a more cost efficient and productive way for schools.  We will hear from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the founder of CK12 on the subject of eTextbooks. Our […]

Stories in Math Class?

   This blog entry was written by Wil Reimer, Professional Development Instructor for FPU Anyone who has ever sat through a lecture knows that it’s often easy to let one’s concentration drift. Soon we’re replaying last night’s football game or dreaming about tomorrow’s concert. Some of us have a hard time keeping our eyes open; […]