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5 Do’s and Don’ts for Distance Learning (for Teachers)

With so many teachers suddenly teaching from a distance, it’s important that we do what’s effect and avoid what isn’t. In this video, I give my top 5 do’s and don’ts for distance learning. Here’s the video:

If you’d like the presentation, you can see it here:


And, of course, you can listen to this episode of the podcast below. Thanks for being here and good luck out there!

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How to Get Started Using Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a fantastic tool for classroom teachers to add technology to their instruction. With so many schools closing across the country, we thought now would be a good time to explain how to get started using Google Classroom.

In this video, I explain some of the things you’ll need to know to get started using Google Classroom. For example, what is it? How can it help you? How do you create a class? How do you make a post? An assignment? How to do grade an assignment? And how do you add students to a class?

You’ll probably need the IT Administrator for your site or district to get Google Apps for Education set up for you. Beyond that, this video should cover almost everything else. Good luck out there teachers!

You can also listen to this as a podcast by searching for “The Uncommon School” on Apple Podcasts or using the link below.

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How to Teach Online During a Global Pandemic

I wish this title was a joke, but it isn’t.

Sadly, with the growing concern over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many schools and universities are being forced to move physical classes online. Fortunately, with some effort teachers and students can continue to work together even if they aren’t actually together.

I recently recorded a YouTube video and podcast episode on this topic where I give practical advice to teachers being faced with quickly transitioning their face-to-face classes to online courses. If you have questions or comments, let’s start a conversation in the discussion below this post or you can email me directly at Let’s work together to stay safe and do what’s best for our students.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Teacher

As with anything, it’s hard to understand and appreciate the job of a teacher before you become one. In this video, I talk about five things I wish I knew before becoming a teacher. If you’re a teacher, you might agree or disagree. If you’re planning on becoming a teacher, I hope this helps to provide some perspective. Thanks for listening!