145: 3 Reasons Why Flea Markets, Garage Sales, Thrift Stores, and Estate Sales Are Your Best Friend

May 22, 2017


Have you figured out that to help you with the classroom you need to buy stuff that will help you? 

Don't get me wrong the school often will have supplies that will help, but to really get a leg up on working with the kids you need to buy stuff.

Well, since this is the case the best places to get this stuff is where you will find it for cheaper than at department or retail stores.

You know what I am talking about right?

Oh, yea...

You need to make visiting flea markets. garage sales, yard sales, church sales, thrift stores, and estate sales a habit. They can be your best friend.



Here are my 3 Reasons Why Fleamarkets, Yard Sales, Thirft Stores, and Estate Sales Are Your Best Friend

1. Organizational Stuff

2. Teaching Stuff

3. Cool Stuff




So what are you waiting for? Start this weekend! Seek out those things that will help you work with your kids.

Time to uncover treasure.

Start this weekend!

Length: 24:52


144: 11 Wants for My Perfect Classroom

May 16, 2017


Today, I'm talking about my 11 wants for what I consider my perfect classroom.

Have you ever thought about this?

You know, if money was not an issue what would you like to have? What changes would you make to your current classroom or if you haven't started teaching yet what would you like your first classroom to look and be like?


Here are my 11 Wants for My Perfect Classroom

1. Tables and chairs, not desks.

2. Permission to decorate and/or paint the walls.

3. Space

4. Interactive Board/Projector that makes a wall interactive.

5. Tablets, laptops, chromebooks, etc.

6. Access to social media.

7. Microphones and money for hosting a class audio podcast.

8. A rug.

9. Outside space.

10. Funds to build up a classroom library.

11. Access to a closet or drawers.


So what about you? What would you like for your perfect classroom? 

What 11 things would you really want for your classroom?


Length: 19:04


143: Teaching in the Fast Lane with Suzy Pepper Rollins

May 8, 2017


You may remember Suzy from a couple of earlier interviews: Episode 2 where we talked about her instructional program called Math in the Fast Lane and on Episode 43 we talked about her book Learning in the Fast Lane. She is a national presenter, life-long educator, founder of Math in the Fast Lane ( a resource for helping teachers in grades 3-8 help kids with better understanding math), and now the author of two books published by ASCD- Learning in the Fast Lane and Teaching in the Fast Lane.


Suzy is energetic and passionate about helping teachers help their kids become academically successful. She has a nack for writing books that are easy to read and put to use in the classroom. Her research-based approach shares the research but gets to the practical immediately. No translators are needed here.

Today we talk about why she likes helping teachers and we dig into several parts of Teaching in the Fast Lane. You will hear her talk about the active classroom and what that requires. By the way, I love the way each chapter ends with a list of Questions to Ponder as well as her thoughts about stations and standards walls.

You are going to love Teaching in the Fast Lane and don't forget to check out her first book, Learning in the Fast Lane. 


Suzy also has taken on a new venture called myedexpert.com. You will hear us talk about this exciting way for teachers to get help from colleagues.

Thanks for listening!


Connect with Suzy at:


or go to myedexpert.com

and learn more about -

Teaching in the Fast Lane: How to Create Active Learning Experiences


Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways tp Put All Students on the Road to Academic Success



Length: 30:14 


142: Great Ideas for Awesome Field Trips

May 1, 2017


In episode 141, I explain four reasons why field trips are important. 

Yes, technology has made it possible to take virtual trips but there is still nothing like being there. Nothing replaces getting your hands dirty or learning first hand in the environment of whatever the activity or event is.


4 Reasons Why Field Trips Are Important:

1. Experience

2. Questions

3. Connection with Real-Life and Others

4. Future Thinking

Listen to episode 141 to hear me explain these reasons.

Today, I'm sharing some thoughts about great field trips to introduce to your kids and classes.


I hope that you will recognize the important role that field trips can play in getting the kids engaged in your subject area. Don't make excuses. Look at the standards, identify an excellent unit, and identify what field trip you will take to get the kids engaged and wanting to know more. 

What ideas do you have for awesome field trips?

Length - 25:36


141: 4 Reasons Why Field Trips Are Important

April 24, 2017



Field trips are important.

There I said it.

Too often the experience of good interaction with the real world get axed in the name of ..."not enough time." This is so not right.

Kids get excited to learn more by experiencing those activities, events, or things that make their brains go, "I have got to know more." Today I am talking about my...

4 Reasons Why Field Trips Are Important.



1. Experience

2. Question

3. Connections with Real-Life

4. Future Thinking



 I hope that you will look at your standards and start making plans to insert that awesome field experience. Make room for it. You will discover that if you handle it right you will inspire kids to want to know more.


Start planning now.

Length: 21:57