Hour of Code is Good Enough

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Whenever a new idea is introduced to education, expect a flood of criticisms. That's not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, we need naysayers and critics to challenge all our ideas. It's what makes a democratic society function and it's important for our ideas to be challenged in order to improve them. Hour of Code is ...… Read the rest

How to Become a Brand. Or Not.

Becoming a brand takes intention and thought. It is by definition a marketing approach. In our current era, this is not exclusively for products and organizations but individuals. Educators, specifically are often encouraged to "build their personal brand". I've seen others, incorporate strategies that have led them to successfully creating a brand. Let me share ...… Read the rest

Calling BS

Bandwagons are full of people who either love everything or just like being in the majority. In education. of course, bandwagons come and go. I'm sure I've been on a few. Some might argue advocating for change is a bandwagon itself. I likely wouldn't argue that. Bandwagons get boring very quickly and the more folks ...… Read the rest

Happy Birthday George, Sorry I Suck

If you don't already know, I'm one of the Couroski brothers. I have socks to prove it. (I'm guessing the reason that Alec is huge and George is tiny in the image is because Alec likely paid for them and George never reimbursed him) Alec and George have been a big part of my learning for several ...… Read the rest

How Can I Get A Higher Grade?

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I teach a Masters level course at Wilkes University. Like many teachers,  I often get asked by my students, "What do I need to do to get a higher grade?" They offer to do extra credit or anything. While I understand that for some, grades are tied to funding, scholarships, etc, my grading practices are ...… Read the rest