6 Insider Tips for Work/Life Balance for Educators

6 insider tips

Finding work/life balance is so difficult and such a common problem that it’s almost silly to even attempt to add to the discussion. Yet I’m going to try because I care deeply about so many educators, both classroom teachers and homeschooling parents, who struggle with it. Several of my former students have become teachers, which […]

Celebrate Dan: Remember. Rejoice. Reach out.


Daniel Regalado was a Renaissance man.  A loving father and husband. A gifted photographer. A talented and caring teacher. A connoisseur of Lego.  A dreamer of dreams. A nice guy. My friend. This summer, Daniel died as a result of a brain aneurysm. I like to think that there were so many creative ideas going off […]

Kinesthetics in the Classroom

kinesthetics in the classroom

Everyone is a kinesthetic learner.  Teachers need to get students moving in class to get students learning in class and out of it.  Everyone knows that, right? Yet often it can be tricky to know just how to infuse that into a classroom. Here’s the slidedeck that accompanies my session on using kinesthetics in the […]

Your Child is NOT the Center of the Universe

center of the universe

This may come as a surprise, but your child is not the center of the universe. Your child, is, in fact, not even special. I’m ducking right now, but please, hear me out. Special means “better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.”  If everyone feels this way about their child, it is impossible […]

Differentiation Class Poster – Free Download

differentiation class poster

Differentiated instruction is the key to appropriately serving all students, and it’s essential to explain the ways that will manifest itself in the classroom.  You must share with parents and students that this class will be different in the way that students work.  This sets the expectation from the beginning, prevents contention and decreases resistance. […]

Adaptive Giftedness & the Power of Connection

adaptive giftedness

Want to try something really daunting?  Raise a bunch of kids who are smarter than you are. Been there… Is your child’s magical power an atypical mind? This is great, but it comes with its own set of issues and fears. We don’t have every answer to the question, “How do you parent these kids?,” […]

Life as an Art Teacher: Positive Deviancy in Action

Life as an Art Teacher -fi

I’m a big believer in positive deviancy.  This is the idea that you can be different from others in a positive way, as described by Atul Gawande in his book  Better. Recently, I was facilitating some training and the teachers had “homework” to incorporate the ideas of positive deviancy in their teaching practice. If you’re […]

Do You Know These Tech Tools?

tech tools

Tech tools make learning {and lesson preparation} more fun, and often more interesting. Do you know these favorite tech tools of mine? 1. Classtools for QR Code Scavenger Hunts QR codes can be spectacularly fun in class, and Classtools has a particularly cool trick for teachers.  Just type in a series of questions, and it will […]

8 Essential Tips & Resources for Educators of Gifted Kids


Educators need specific resources and strategies for teaching gifted kids, and I could (and do) spend days and days on helping them find those resources an develop those strategies. (See my Speaking page for more on that). This post came about when I received an email from a reader who wrote in part: Dear Lisa, I […]