INCREASE CREATIVITY, REMIX ASSESSMENT & DEVELOP A CLASS OF CODER NINJAS
In Code Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall shares his insights on how to turn curriculum expectations into skills. Students identify problems, develop solutions, and use coding and computational thinking to apply and demonstrate their learning. From Aspinall’s collection of real-life examples and practical lesson ideas, you’ll discover how to…
▫️ Use computational thinking and coding across all subjects and grade levels
▫️ Encourage students to let their skills and passions shine
▫️ Teach learners to take risks so they can grow from failure and feedback
▫️ Make assessment meaningful—and fun—for you and your students
BUILDING KNOWLEDGE & AMPLIFYING STUDENT VOICE ONE BLOCK AT A TIME
Engaged students are more likely to internalize learning and apply it to situations beyond the classroom. So how can you get your learners to engage? In Block Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall explains that the wildly popular game Minecraft may be just the right tool for the job. Sharing his own and other educators’ success with Minecraft (and other programming applications) in the classroom, Brian reveals how these adaptable tools can be leveraged to engage learners and empower them to find success. Why Minecraft?
▫️ It offers immediate feedback on a personalized learning platform.
▫️ Inquiry tasks encourage students to collaborate, problem solve, and explore multiple approaches to finding a solution.
▫️ And it’s a fun way to practice critical thinking and spatial reasoning!
STRENGTHEN YOUR COURAGE, BLAZE A NEW TRAIL & IGNITE YOUR STUDENTS’ PASSIONS!
Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how to collaborate as problem solvers. To master these and other twenty-first-century requirements, they will need to be critical thinkers. Engaged students are more likely to internalize learning and apply it to situations beyond the classroom. So how can you get your learners to engage? Follow Brian’s journey from his early days as a substitute teacher, to more recently, as a University Instructor, three time TEDx speaker, best selling author and Canadian Prime Minister’s Award Recipient For Teaching Excellence.
When Passion Meets Project
FOR ALL THE KIDS WHO GROW UP IN A SMALL TOWN AND THINK THEY DON’T STAND A CHANCE. YOU DO. I WAS ONCE THAT KID.
Follow Brian’s twenty year adventure as an educator and entrepreneur. From flipping computers in high school, to flipping apps in his twenties, to flipping real estate in his thirties, you won’t want to miss this roller coaster of a ride. Brian is transparent in his own learning and shares many secrets to financial freedom through his natural storytelling, humour, and passion. There is no such thing as failure when you hustle. The secret to growth is watching the landscape and learning to pivot.
12 PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING SCHOOL LEADER EFFECTIVENESS
Our children and adults within our schools need you to be at your absolute best. An educator who is constantly working toward “Staying Grounded” will be someone who is a strategic leader who leads within and amongst the levels of self, others, and the organization they serve. Leadership of self includes the responsibility of being self-aware and proactive in developing personal strengths. This is what the 12 Principles will provide for you if you have what it takes. I know you do!
HOW TO BUILD A STEM CULTURE IN YOUR CLASSROOMS AND COMMUNITIES
Has your school added a STEM class, or are you hoping to build more STEM into your school community? Buying a bunch of 3d printers and robot kits is a good start, but what does a sustainable STEM learning culture look like? This book will challenge you to think past the acronym and think about what it means to build a culture of STEM thinking in your school. You’ll find plenty of practical tips and examples to make STEM relevant to every subject and infuse it into every classroom and every home in your community.
Fired Up Leadership
FIVE DOMAINS OF LEADERSHIP TO PROMOTE POSITIVE CLIMATE AND CULTURE
When you consciously make the decision to accept your role as a leader, amazing things happen! As you pursue balance in your life, the five domains of Fired Up Leadership allow you to create a culture of leadership. A culture of leadership creates a culture of passion. That is the center of Fired Up Leadership. As you empower people to pursue their passion and become leaders, your leadership ability increases exponentially. Leadership becomes a choice not a position. Your vision becomes a reality through your mission. People are taken to levels they never thought possible. Get Fired Up, people!
Unlocking Unlimited Potential
Understanding the Infinite Power Within to Guide Any Student Toward Success
Inside all educators is an infinite power that, once harnessed, can be contagious among all those we serve. Divided into three parts, Building the Foundation, Challenges as Opportunities for Growth, and Believing in You, this book reminds readers of their Why. Unlocking Unlimited Potential is at the core of what every educator is trying to achieve with all those they serve. In order to stay true to this vision, you must first look within.
Getting through the school year can be challenging. Let Mindset Moments be your guide!
In Mindset Moments, educator Andrew J. Canlé shares his strategies for overcoming the difficulties of your day to day. This 10-part credo unearths how educators can achieve their best reality to get better results both personally and professionally. From Canlé’s catalogue of riveting tid-bits making you say, “Aha!” you’ll learn how to…
Fighting Your Inner Voice
STORIES OF STRUGGLE, PAIN, & TRIUMPH
Regardless of the specifics of your journey, we have all struggled to fight an inner voice laden with self-doubt and criticism. So often that voice isolates, taunting us with a narrative that can be difficult to fight. Filled with stories of struggle, pain and triumph, this book sets out to inspire others to find the strength to continue their own battles with an inner voice desperate to bring them down. Whether addiction, disease, infertility, or abuse, there is always a light; always someone else fighting a similar darkness. Fighting your inner voice will bring that darkness to the surface; help you realize the feelings you’ve had and the doubts you’ve experienced are not uncommon. It will validate your emotions, empower your ego and make you feel like your world is a little less lonely. It is a space to be heard, and more importantly, a space to be understood.
Scratching The Surface
AN INTRO TO CODING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Twenty-first-century learning requires students to create, collaborate, and think critically. Progress “STEMs” directly from immediate feedback and a personalized learning platform. Coding forces students to problem-solve, make mistakes, and overcome barriers because programs can only run if written correctly. In this activity guide, learn how to integrate coding activities into everyday curriculum projects!
Rock Your Class
CREATIVELY IMPACTFUL TEACHER-ROCKSTAR TIPS FROM A – Z
Whether teaching in a classroom, online, or homeschooling, effective learning is all about engaging students with a wide variety of strategies and activities. ROCK YOUR CLASS is carefully curated educator wisdom from A to Z, capturing the essentials of being a great teacher. With its conversational tone and personal anecdotes, this is a well-written and entertaining read, complete with practical, fun and motivating strategies that ensure engagement and success for every learner.
Road to Awesome
EMPOWER, LEAD, CHANGE THE GAME
With expectations on school leaders being at an all-time high, it is essential that leadership becomes a shared effort throughout the school house. As a school leader, Darrin Peppard’s passion for empowering adults and students alike will energize culture, learning, and connection in your school, classroom, or district. The leadership journey is a road complete with twists and turns, bumps and straightaways, and times when it diverges in two. When the road diverges on your journey, take the Road to Awesome…and don’t look back.
Choose To Be You
Understanding what it means to live your best life starts with looking at the person in the mirror and being able to say I choose to be me.
The stigma surrounding mental health has often kept our society from being willing to engage in important conversations surrounding the challenges that many people face each and every day. Through sharing his personal story and the daily battle he fights as someone who lives with anorexia, Mark Brown offers a voice of advocacy, inspiration, hope, and encouragement. In Choose To Be You, Mark provides practical ideas that can be implemented into your daily routine to help you focus on working towards mental wellness. We all face pressure to live up to certain standards and often compromise who we are at our core in order to live up to the expectations of others. Whether you are an educator, student, or someone looking to live life as the best version of you, this book will help you find the courage to look yourself in the mirror and Choose To Be You!
Discomfort by Design
An inspirational guide to fostering critical thinking, life skills, and problem solving both in the classroom and in the real world
Read any school’s mission statement and you will probably discover each strives to prepare students for the world that awaits them after their educational journey. This is a world full of experiences and challenges which are outside the comfort zones of many of our students. All of this will require specific skills and traits which are often overlooked by our current, result-oriented, education system. Discomfort by Design takes you on an entertaining and inspirational journey through a process of stepping out of our comfort zones both in and outside of the classroom. Along the way, Discomfort by Design fosters essential skills in all of us, promotes critical thinking and problem-solving, and encourages us to pursue becoming a better version of ourselves. It’s a life-changing message and process that every student, teacher, administrator, and parent needs to experience.
30 Day Journal – Igniting the Passion for YOUR Life
Congratulations on saying YES to YOU! Welcome to the beginning of the DEFINE YOU 30-Day Journal! I created this journal with educators in mind, to provide a sense of daily inspiration, intentional reflection, and a place to capture your heart, your mind, and your soul. And the best part is this journal was designed for YOU! Which means, YOU get to decide how to best use the journal each day. I have provided some thoughts and ideas below, but trust me when I say, you can’t do this wrong! When YOU use this journal, open your heart, open your mind, to what YOU desire most. To what INSPIRES you. To what IGNITES you! I hope YOU enjoy this journal, but more than that, I hope YOU know how LOVED you are each and every day!
90 Day Journal – defining who you are, one day at a time
The Define YOUniversity 90 Day Journal is a simple and easy tool for any educator to use who is ready to take back control of their life, find relief from the overwhelm, regain confidence in who they are and truly transform who they are as an educator all from the inside out!
In this Journal, YOU will receive, 90 Unique Journal Pages including: Daily Doses of Inspiration, Mirror Moments of Affirmation, Daily Space for Gratitude, Reflection, and Celebrations, Daily Space to Reflect and Connect your Thoughts, plus additional space throughout the journal for free-writing, creating lists, or anything YOU desire most!
Actually, I Can.
Inspiration, empowerment and leadership
Lori Koerner defines leadership as the choices we make, the relationships we establish, and the influence we have on those we serve. She reminds readers that not only does a leader empower and encourage, they also listen actively and make certain that every member of the organization feels heard and valued. Inspiration and empowerment work in conjunction to propel our intrinsic motivation which is at the center of what fuels our soul. Empowering others has to do with the power of yet and shifting mindsets from, I can’t to I can and I will. Inspiration and empowerment require encouragement and positivity. Lori Koerner is a great new voice bringing insight, experience and humility to a much needed genre that requires the brightest of lights to be shined on it – women in leadership. Actually, I Can is engaging, relatable and full of practical wisdom and personal stories that both women and men can learn from. To live a life filled with one’s highest choices and brightest outcomes, one should always continue to inspire and empower – and in turn – become inspired and empowered. This book is the ultimate guide in doing so.
Power of Connections
Connecting Educators, Cultivating Professional Learning Networks, & Redefining Educator Collaboration
Lifelong learning requires effort. Collaboration as a method of learning has been a fabric of education for years. With today’s technology, our ability to connect is limitless. With an openness to learn, anyone can begin to expand their knowledge by being part of a Professional Learning Network. A PLN is a mindset; it is not a one-shot association. When managed well, these connections can help educational leaders innovate in their classrooms, schools, and beyond to improve student outcomes. Power of Connections is an opportunity to take your professional relationships to the next level. This book will empower your growth by putting your personalized professional development ideas into your own hands. This book is about the IMPACT – Inspiration, Meaningful, Passionate, Authentic, Care, Today & Tomorrow – connecting with others will have on you. These IMPACT components are the heart of connecting and it is the impact itself that proves just how powerful these connections can be.
“You just start.”Brian Aspinall