Ben Talsma

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June 1, 2022 The Homework Conundrum

The first day of June, when the weather is warming up, might seem like an odd time to write about homework — but…

May 18, 2022 Ending the School Year with SEL

The azaleas are in bloom right now; they will last for two more weeks. They’re wonderful flowers: big and bright and…

May 6, 2022 Keep Learning Weird

The secretary was a little nervous, I could tell. A strange man was hobbling up the stairs. His shirt was torn. He had…

April 27, 2022 The Importance of Brainshapers

If you remember anything from this blog post, I’ve changed your brain. It’s amazing, really, how an unfathomable organ inside your…

April 13, 2022 The Problem of Boredom Deficit Disorder

I was playing chess with a stranger while waiting in the supermarket checkout line the other day. They were on their…

March 23, 2022 The Power of Productive Play

Important Note: First, check out Games, Games, Games — three ingenious games to liven up your classroom with deep, rich learning. Then, read about…

March 21, 2022 Making Time by Taking Time: The Importance of Teacher Rest

Some years ago, I had the opportunity to create a freelance project for a very prestigious organization. It was literally a dream come true for…

March 14, 2022 Support Education by Connecting and Collaborating

I’m writing this from Austin, Texas, where I’m attending the SXSW EDU conference — and it is AWESOME. Every session I’ve attended has…