The Marshmallow Challenge

Hello, Grade 6!

I hope you had a fun time with The Marshmallow Challenge today!


I’d like for you to think about the following questions and to be ready  to discuss your thoughts in class on Tuesday.

  1. What was the objective?
  2. What skills and strategies did you and your teammates have to have in order to accomplish this challenge successfully?
  3. Why do you think I had you tackle this challenge on your first day back to school?


Happy 5th Birthday, TEDTalks Video!

The 20 most-watched TEDTalks (so far)

Today, on the fifth birthday of TEDTalks video, we’re releasing a new list of the 20 most-watched TEDTalks over the past five years — as watched on all the platforms we track:, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more …

Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 8,660,010 views
Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 8,087,935
Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 6,747,410
Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 6,731,153
David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 6,411,705
Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 4,909,505
Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 3,954,776
Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 3,664,705
Jeff Han demos his breakthrough multi-touchscreen (2006): 3,592,795
Johnny Lee shows Wii Remote hacks for educators (2008): 3,225,864
Blaise Aguera y Arcas runs through the Photosynth demo (2007): 3,007,440
Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your genius (2009): 2,978,288
Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 2,903,993
Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe (2008): 2,629,230
Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 2,616,363
Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice (2005): 2,263,065
Richard St. John shares 8 secrets of success (2005): 2,252,911
Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 2,187,868
Chimamanda Adichie shares the danger of a single story (2009): 2,143,763

Changing Education Paradigms

Every now and then, I come across ideas that change or affirm my own beliefs. Several years ago, I began listening to and reading the works of Sir Ken Robinson and came across a talk that continues to shape my perspective. It is an idea “worth spreading”.


This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.
For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit:


Steve Jobs Told Us What We Needed Before We Knew

Today, the world lost a Visonary and Disruptor of technology… of the way we live our lives.  
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Articles and Links:
Apple Visionary Steve Jobs Dies at 56
Steve Jobs Knew What We Needed Before We Knew
Think Different: “Here’s to The Crazy Ones”  (Steve Jobs narrates the first “Think Different” commercial. This never aired.)
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address:

 Click here to access the text of the commencement address.

TED Talks Tuesday – David G.

Facilitating Questions:
1. With this new technology do you think that in the future there will be a need for printing books?
2. If they make an app that will let you create digital books, what type of books would you make?
3. In the future do you think we will take all of our classes online?

TED Talks Tuesday – Kayla G.

Facilitating Questions:
1. How important was the technology to the revolution?
2. When do you think the revolution would’ve occurred if they didn’t have access to the technology that they had?