Last Friday my students and I made monsters. They did an amazing job creating something out of nothing. It is pretty cool to see what they are capable of when given the opportunity to make something awesome.
Some of their monsters.
I’ve been pretty obsessed with YouTube the last few weeks. I think it is a combination of my love for Gary Vaynerchuck, subscribing to my students’ YouTube channels, and creating more videos myself (You can find my channel here.).
I thought it would be fun to create a list of educators that have awesome YouTube channels. If I’m missing anyone, please leave a link to their station in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to check out their work. My plan is to add to the post as I come across new channels that I think will bring value to my friends.
Trevor is awesome. I love his work, and I think that he is one of the most innovative teachers in Michigan. I’m really looking forward to reading his book The Epic Classroom this summer. Trevor is an amazing writer and by the judge of his last few videos, a pretty talented video editor.
2. One Fab Teacher
My classroom is never organized. I know that I should just accept that that is who I am, but I know that I could be more efficient if I could figure this out. One Fab Teacher’s YouTube pages gives me tons of tips to help me improve the flow of my classroom.
3. Real Rap With The Reynolds
A few weeks ago I was watching an episode of #AskGaryVee when a teacher came on. That made me instantly sit up and pay close attention. I was excited to learn that I wasn’t the only teacher obsessed with Mr. Vaynerchuk’s work. I checked out the Real Rap With The Reynolds YouTube channel and I was impressed. Dude is making some pretty sweet videos.
4. Penny Kittle
My hope is that every English teacher my children have, know Penny Kittle’s work. She has done so much for kids and reading. The only thing that I don’t love about her YouTube channel, is that she doesn’t make more videos.
This video isn’t on Penny’s personal page, but it is probably the one she is most famous for.
6. John Schu
Each Saturday Mr. Schu and I make a “Happy Saturday” video for each other. If you only read the books he talks about in his videos, you’d have a pretty amazing reading year.
Please let me know what channels I’m missing. I’m always looking to find more people that I can learn from.
My Son, Hobbes is two. He is pretty crazy. From the time he wakes up until the time he crashes he only knows one speed: fast. One thing that Hobbes loves to do sitting down is reading. He will often bring my wife and I book after book after book.
A few weeks ago we moved to a new house. In his new rooms sits a bookshelf. I have found out the hard way that he believes that he should get to read each and every book on his bookshelf before bed. For that reason, he now only has 6 books on his bookshelf. The rest of his books are housed in our living room. We read those during the day.
Someday he’ll be able to have more books in his room. I think.
It was a whole lot of fun volunteering at Keicher Elementary’s Tech Day. I brought a couple of Parma Elementary students with me, and they did a great job teaching the Keicher students how to use iMovie.
Our day started with a visit from the varsity football team. It led to a day filled with conversations around the pigskin.
The Book Of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken is brilliant. I hope to teach until I’m super old, and I will read this book to every student that I teach for the rest of my career. This book is going to help kids in so many ways. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Corinna was kind enough to answer a handful of my interview questions. Thank you, Corinna!
The Book of Mistakes begins with one mistake. That mistake leads to more mistakes, and eventually, to some good ideas.
While this is a book about mistakes in art (and life), it is also a book about perception. About how we become who we are. It is about limits and transformation, potential and possibility.
There are two best parts. The first is that moment of watching something emerge from nothing. The other is finding out that something I’ve made has touched the heart of another person.
Practicing patience can be difficult, and the book industry moves slowly!
This is not an easy question, because my answer will change tomorrow. But for today, I’ll say Pool by JiHyeon Lee. To make a new friend, to explore underwater with all those strange fish, and then to meet that enormous white creature with the big blue eye. Oh my!
Be yourself. Your job as an artist (and human being) is only and always to be the very best YOU that you can be.
The Michigan Breakfast has been an annual event since before I was a student at Parma Elementary in the mid and late 80s. It is a pretty cool thing, and it was totally the best part of my day.
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