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Learn quick and easy ways to improve education, leadership, and parenting: How to replace traditional homework; how to improve leadership; how to integrate new technology; how to assess for learning; how to eliminate useless meetings; how to engage even the most reluctant learners; how to inspire a … read more

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156: Educators fear they won't make it through this year

October 21st, 2021


We're in an education crisis, and many teachers fear they won't make it through this year. Some are begging for help; some are preaching self-care. …

155: Note to angry, litigious, anti-mask parents and their friends

October 7th, 2021


Angry, litigious, anti-mask parents are suing schools in Ohio, and Mark Barnes has Hacks you can share to stop this madness and solve one of …

154: How to Hack Teacher Burnout

September 18th, 2021


Sometimes teacher burnout is due to shame and blame and avoiding the problems. Mark shares some quick hacks from Hacking Teacher Burnout author Amber Harper. Learn how to seek help and to seek "help seekers." More …

153: Preparing for Change in Education

May 14th, 2020


Mark is joined by two national distinguished principals, Tony Sinanis, an administrator in New York and co-author of Hacking Leadership, and Jessica Cabeen, a principal in Minnesota and author of Lead With Grace and …

152: Tips and tools to identify anxiety and help students cope

April 27th, 2020


In this brief excerpt from the Times 10 Roundtable, Mark Barnes talks with anxiety experts Christine Ravesi-Weinstein and Connie Hamilton about …

151: Hacking Distance Learning in a Pandemic World and Beyond

April 17th, 2020


Mark Barnes shares an excerpt of the Times 10 Roundtable Webinar--Hacking Distance Learning: How to Deliver Impactful Instruction When Teaching from …

150: Spare the rod, SAVE the child

February 24th, 2020


A school district in Texas is bringing back the paddle, because some parents okayed teachers hitting their children. Mark Barnes compares this to …

149: How you can LEARN to be a Modern Mentor

February 10th, 2020


The focus and goal of mentoring is not to point out weak performance, but rather to shape a career and develop potential. Before you can be a mentor, you have to LEARN what it means to be a Modern Mentor. Mark Barnes …

148: How to connect with introverts

October 14th, 2019


James had what appeared to be some major problems. How did his teacher connect with this introverted student? You'll be amazed at how simple it was.

For more on connecting with introverted students, look inside Quiet …

147 - Understanding your quiet kids

October 7th, 2019


Teacher, author, keynote speaker Chrissy Romano Arrabito was the student who always raised her hand first, always had the answer, was eager to share, was well-behaved, and made good grades. She was, from any teacher's …

146: The Lead Forward Mission

July 8th, 2019


Encourage, evolve, empower. Mentor, move, motivate. Create, innovate, elevate. Always be listening. Always be learning.

These are the qualities of …

145: Impactful leadership and the backwards bicycle

June 10th, 2019


Why is impactful leadership like riding a backwards bicycle? It's actually quite simple, says award-winning school principal, presenter, and author …

144: How to be a pinball wizard and spark mind-blowing conversation

May 20th, 2019


Want amazing, even mind-blowing, conversation in your classroom? Throw out your ping pong questions, and become a pinball wizard. Mark shares--and …

143: Coping with the criminals in your classroom - Uncut

May 8th, 2019


Disruptive students are criminals who must be put out of your classroom. So says one educator, who Mark Barnes is taking to task, in this uncut episode that comes with this disclaimer: Beware, Mark is angry, and one …

142: It's time to kick the IDK bucket

April 22nd, 2019


In this excerpt from Hacking Questions, we learn how to set ourselves up to kick the IDK bucket by identifying the root cause for the “I don’t know” response. You see, we cannot assume that IDK means the student really …

141: If you can't teach empathy, you can't teach anything -- Hack Learning Uncut

April 18th, 2019


People said they don't have time to teach empathy, compassion, and self-awareness. Mark Barnes responds, and you may be surprised at what he says. At first, you might say, "That's not Hack Learning." But if you listen …

140: Take a breath, change your behavior, and model empathy for kids

April 15th, 2019


Hack Learning host Mark Barnes lost his temper recently. If only he had taken his own advice, which he shares in this episode, things might have been different.

What's this earth-shattering advice? Three words: Take a …

139: Are Teachers Doing Enough for Generation Alpha?

April 8th, 2019


Are you teaching Generation Alpha with Baby Boomer content? Educators are faced with new challenges from the generation that may live into the 22nd century. How can teachers cope? Mark shares what Michael Fisher and …

138: How one restorative practice turned a troublemaker into a school leader

April 1st, 2019


Mark shares a story from Hacking School Discipline, about Amarra, a troublemaker that many teachers might have given up on. Instead of quitting on …

137: Throw out your office referral; circle up instead

March 26th, 2019


Handing out office referrals like candy to students who misbehave is like sending kids away from learning for a brief holiday, and Mark Barnes says, …

136: How teachers and runners chase greatness

February 27th, 2019


Running a marathon seems crazy to Mark Barnes. Teaching is often crazier. But being both marathon runner and teacher is unfathomable. Still, these unique individuals are littered across race courses and classrooms …

135: The Best and Brightest Teachers

February 12th, 2019


Florida is considering bonus pay for the "best and brightest teachers," but who are they? According to one plan, they are the teachers whose students perform well on standardized tests. This is a flawed system, for many …

134: How Social Media Perception May Forever Impact Our Kids

February 5th, 2019


Mark Barnes is Uncut again, and he's wondering if teachers and parents hurt kids by NOT teaching them about perception, when it comes to social media. He recalls a Washington DC protest video going viral, and the …

133: It's time to allow the F Word in your classroom

January 15th, 2019


When someone asks how your day was, do you say, “It was very satisfying?” Do you exit a roller coaster and exclaim, “That was a very satisfying …

132: Hacking School Policies That Harm Kids

January 8th, 2019


Mark Barnes shares a story about a school district that makes students wear color-coded badges that label them as potential failures. We need better …

131: The questions all teachers should ask themselves - Uncut

December 4th, 2018


Mark Barnes shares some tough questions that, he says, all teachers should ask themselves. Are you ready to answer them?

Browse the Hack Learning …

130: How to Create Mental Velcro in Your Classroom

November 29th, 2018


Mark Barnes shares Hack 7 from the new Hacking Instructional Design, in which the authors explain how to use mental velcro--must one of 33 …

129: How Experiential Learning Inspires Compassionate Learners

November 13th, 2018


Teachers and school leaders want compassion in their classrooms and schools. Mark Barnes explains how Experiential Learning inspires compassion in …

128: Why do kids hate school and what can we do about it? Hack Learning Uncut

October 26th, 2018


A concerned educator and parent writes: "My kids tell me that [their classes are] basically -- take notes, do worksheets, take tests. They don't really DO anything with the stuff they're learning. No discussions or …

127: How to easily build good habits and break bad ones, with James Clear

October 16th, 2018


Popular author and speaker James Clear says, "Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement." That is, the effects of your habits multiply, …

126: How Teachers Can Find Balance

October 5th, 2018


Veteran teacher, author, and presenter Chuck Poole believes that one of the keys to becoming an unforgettable teacher is to find your balance. In his …

125: Leave your gender bias at the door - Hack Learning Uncut

September 11th, 2018


A tennis match was interrupted by, of all things, coaching and, possibly, a little gender bias, and Mark Barnes has some simple hacks to put a stop to this insanity. In a departure from his usual education hacks, Mark …

124: Transform your school library

September 6th, 2018


Instead of de-funding school libraries, it's time to transform them into the revolutionary space that can inspire all education shareholders to view …

123: Changing the conversation with parents

August 7th, 2018


Is it time to reconsider parents' role in teaching and learning in your space? Parent and family involvement in education can now be so much more …

122: How can we teach kids to stand up for the oppressed? Hack Learning Uncut

August 2nd, 2018


When celebrities stand by and protect bullies, without punishment, how can adults teach kids to stand up? Mark uses a high-profile example of a …

121: Turn Your Students into a Focus Group - Hack Learning Uncut

July 18th, 2018


In another uncut edition of the show, Mark Barnes challenges you to take a chance and ask students to rate your in-class presentations or lessons. Channeling Hacking Engagement author and podcaster James Sturtevant, …

120: Separating Evaluation and Feedback

June 25th, 2018


Mark shares a story from author/consultant Angela Stockman about a student who asked for feedback from her teacher, only to be given judgement and …

What if You Knew Every Student's Quit Point?

June 14th, 2018


What if educators knew their students so well, they could predict exactly when kids would quit? Imagine how easily you could propel learners forward, …

118: When Teachers Bash Teachers, Education Suffers

May 31st, 2018


And educator commented on a tweet, which ignited what someone called a "mob mentality." This Twitter conversation inspired Mark Barnes to share a scenario he envisioned, during what he says looked like teachers bashing …

117: What if teachers could extinguish shame?

May 8th, 2018


Shame permeates our schools and classrooms. Kids shame their peers and, sometimes, unwittingly, teachers shame their students.

Compassionate …

116: The Stupidest School Policy Ever - Hack Learning Uncut

April 24th, 2018


Mark Barnes says he used to penalize kids for insignificant things like using a pencil or putting their names in the wrong spot (a bad practice he now admits). But failing a kid for not printing a Google Doc? Mark …

115: The worst thing you can do to your students - Hack Learning Uncut

April 16th, 2018


Mark shares the worst thing he did to his students and how you may be doing the same thing right now. Then, he provides one simple hack to avoid doing it again.

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114: The Power of Unanswerable Questions

April 3rd, 2018


EduHacker Mark Barnes admits that math has always eluded him, until he stumbled upon the Unanswerable Questions hack in Hacking Mathematics, by Denis Sheeran. Mark shares Sheeran's reasoning behind Unanswerable …

113: No, Mr. President, We Will NOT Arm our Teachers!

February 25th, 2018


Mark Barnes is angry and Uncut, as he unabashedly says No to the president's plan to arm teachers, in an attempt to stop school shootings. Not only …

112: My son hates school but you can help

February 7th, 2018


Mark shared this on social channels, and something amazing happened:

"A model student his whole life, my son, a freshman, suddenly hates school. He …

111: Homework mandates and politicians are undermining teachers and learners: Hack Learning Uncut

January 28th, 2018


The Mississippi State legislature wants to mandate nightly homework, including spelling, across the state. Mark Barnes explains why any homework mandate undermines teachers, learners, and parents. He also declares that …

110: Why grading and evaluating are not parts of effective assessment

January 18th, 2018


A reader pushed back hard against Mark Barnes' article about going gradeless in Education Week's 10 Big Ideas Special Report. As you may have expected, Mark pushes back against the pushback in this episode, sharing …

109: Stop making the principal the bad guy

January 8th, 2018


Mark discusses changing the narrative about school leaders. With a little help from principals Dan McCabe and Tracy R. Taylor, Mark says, it’s time …

108: How to be the teacher they make movies about, with Mike Roberts

December 14th, 2017


Mark interviews Utah English Teacher of the Year Mike Roberts, author of Hacking Classroom Management: 10 Ideas To Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About.

Learn more about Roberts and the Movie …

107: Why Google hates the GPA and the SAT - Hack Learning Uncut

December 8th, 2017


Mark cites a Psychology Today Blog post, in which the author references an interview with a Google executive who says the search engine giant does …

106: That's the Way We've Always Done it! -- Hack Learning Uncut

November 30th, 2017


Mark posted this on social channels: "No, I won’t lecture, assign homework, punish, or grade my students, just because that’s the way we’ve always done it." And people reacted. He talks about it in classic Hack Learning …

105: The World Really Is Different - Hack Learning Uncut

November 17th, 2017


For parents and teachers, the old, "Back-in-my-day" mentality no longer works, because, as Kimberley Moran writes in Hacking Parenthood, The World …

104: Teach Kids to Debate, not to Diss

October 26th, 2017


Love him or hate him President Donald Trump isn't the best example for kids, when it comes to debating issues on social media. In this non-political …

103: When teachers ask for the finger - Hack Learning Uncut

October 10th, 2017


EduHacker Mark Barnes explains the problem with rewards, gestures, and asking kids to give you the finger, when attempting to effectively "manage" students. Of course, he's got a hack for that.

102: How Mission-Minded Learning Makes the World a Better Place

September 28th, 2017


Mark talks about the power of mission-minded learning with NAPW Woman of the Year, renowned EdTech presenter, and author of Hacking Digital Learning Strategies Shelly Sanchez Terrell.

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101: Teacher Dress Unraveled - Hack Learning Uncut

September 18th, 2017


A recent #HackLearning chat sparked some hot debate about appropriate teacher dress and engaging with students outside of class. Mark has opinions, and he's sharing in another Uncut episode.

See the Twitter chat archive …

100: Hacking the Why - Hack Learning Uncut

September 14th, 2017


In Episode 100, Mark reflects on century's worth of podcasts, asking Why he produces the show. Find out the "Why" and ask yourself why you do what you do.

Share your thoughts at #HackLearning on Twitter and on the Hack …

99: How Mantras reduce the stress of parenting

September 7th, 2017


Hacking Parenthood author Kimberley Moran explains how mantras were created thousands of years ago by people in ancient India who understood that sound is a pathway to reaching enlightenment and they became sound …

98: What is your inspirational story?

August 31st, 2017


With so much tragedy in the world, we need inspirational stories to ease the stress. Mark shares his favorite inspirational teaching story and puts a …

97: Working 40 hours, semantics, and other rants - Hack Learning Uncut

August 22nd, 2017


A blog post suggesting that teachers should work less draws Mark's ire, and he sounds off in another Uncut version of the podcast. Mark says …

96: Forget Politics and Teach Tolerance

August 17th, 2017


What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia should not be politicized, says Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes. Many people have made this despicable …

95: Damn right, your students should like you - Hack Learning Uncut

August 1st, 2017


@markbarnes19 is Uncut again, and swearing, literally, that students need to like their teachers in order to learn from them. Mark references a blog post at that covers students liking their teachers. …

94: Better presenting for teachers and students with James Sturtevant

July 26th, 2017


Engagement guru James Alan Sturtevant joins Mark to discuss better presenting for teachers and students and his latest book, Hacking Engagement …

93: Hacking your thin skin - Hack Learning Uncut

July 10th, 2017


Mark Barnes is unedited and Uncut again, discussing how he used to be the most thin-skinned SOB you'd ever meet. Mark provides 3 simple hacks that he learned help thicken even the thinnest skin. Mark shares several …

92: The Glass Classroom and Happy Birthday Hacking Education

July 6th, 2017


We teach behind walls, and it's time to leverage todays technology to create transparency in education. In episode 92, Mark shares some right-now …

91: Throw out old-school EdTech -- Hack Learning Uncut

June 29th, 2017


In this edition of Uncut, Mark riffs on teachers using technology, just to say that they are integrating technology in their classrooms. Telling kids …

90: Toni's Template for Engaging Reluctant Learners

June 14th, 2017


In Episode 90 of the Hack Learning Podcast, Mark shares Toni's Template for engaging reluctant learners, taken from the forthcoming Hacking …

89: How Teachers Can Break Up With Nightly Homework

June 7th, 2017


As summer break begins, Mark gives a homework assignment to all teachers: Break up with nightly homework this coming school year. Learn how to change …

88: Sifting Through Internet Noise with Google Alerts

May 17th, 2017


Are you tired of alerts? Fed up with one bell or buzz after another on your Smartphone or tablet? Now, you can sift through all the Internet noise with a much quieter, much more effective kind of alert -- Google alerts …

87: #DraftEDU - With the Number 1 Pick Hack Learning Selects

April 26th, 2017


With sports fans abuzz over the NFL draft, Mark Barnes got to thinking, What if educators held their own draft? What positions would they fill.

Mark …

86: Three Simple Ways to Stop Bullying

April 5th, 2017


According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 42 percent of students who are bullied report that it happens in school hallways and …

85: How to Teach Kids to Police Themselves on Social Media

March 22nd, 2017


After an intense debate on Facebook, which led to some heated comments, Mark explains how to both model and teach kids best practices on social media.

84: How Jurassic Park Made Hackers Heroic

March 3rd, 2017


Asked by a book translator if people would consider the word "Hacking" negative, Hack Learning creator and your host Mark Barnes explained that …

83: How Moving Is Giving Our Kids a Real-World Learning Experience

February 15th, 2017


Worksheets and workbooks do not provide real-world learning opportunities. The best real-world teaching and learning comes from, where else, the real world. Mark Barnes explains how buying and selling a house gives his …

82: How to Improve Reading with the 80/20 Analysis

February 3rd, 2017


Hacking Literacy author Gerard Dawson wonders, Why are required texts often so inaccessible? These texts are often not modern. They may take place in …

81: How to be the Best Teacher Every Day

January 26th, 2017


In Episode 81 of the Hack Learning Podcast, Mark Barnes shares a heartfelt story from author James Sturtevant about being the best teacher you can …

80: Hacking Powerful People: Inspiration from Meryl Streep

January 11th, 2017


Meryl Streep, the three-time Oscar-winning actress, condemned the actions of a man she chose not to name and who shall remain nameless here on the Hack Learning Podcast.

During her acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille …

79: Nail Your New Year's Resolution: Learn how to write a book

January 4th, 2017


Connie Hamilton wrote a book. What's the big deal? Like most would-be writers, Connie wondered if she could do it. In Episode 79 of the Hack Learning …

78: How to Eliminate Both Homework and Grades with Starr Sackstein

December 27th, 2016


Starr Sackstein believes in change, and sometimes change in education means cutting out archaic practices like traditional homework and grades.

Author of Hacking Assessment and Hacking Homework, Starr explains how to …

77: How to Overcome PBL Paralysis with authors Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy

December 21st, 2016


PBL paralysis. That's a scary phrase that makes many teachers run as far as possible away from project-based learning.

Hacking Project Based Learning authors and PBL and inquiry learning experts Ross Cooper and Erin …

76: It's your turn. What do you want?

December 7th, 2016


It's your turn. Let's hack your professional growth. You tell us what you need, and we'll give it to you.

Visit Answer three questions (it takes about 30 seconds). Ask and you shall …

75: How to Tell Kids Their Teacher Has Cancer with Justin Birckbichler

November 22nd, 2016


Justin Birckbichler is 25 years old. He teaches fourth graders in Virginia, and he recently learned that he has cancer.

What is he doing about this …

74: Hacking Passion Projects for Educators

November 16th, 2016


It's time to bring a little passion into school and into professional growth, according to school leaders and Hack Learning authors Joe Sanfelippo …

73: Hacking Whole Child Education and Student Advocacy with Valerie Lewis

November 9th, 2016


Whole child education is often missing from our classrooms. Schools and teachers work in isolation, sometimes overlooking the impact other …

72: Hack Learning Uncut – Hacking Independent Learning with Author/Educator Connie Hamilton

November 4th, 2016


Well-known connected educator Connie Hamilton says the most critical component of kids becoming independent learners is to be clear about what they …

71: Education Technology and the 4 Cs with Stephanie Budhai and Laura Taddei

November 1st, 2016


Many districts/schools are implementing technology programs that offer opportunities for 24/7 learning, but teachers need more support and ideas when …

70: Hack Learning Uncut: Shift the Mindset and Throw Out Homework

October 28th, 2016


Hack Learning Podcast host Mark Barnes is uncut, as he vilifies traditional homework and the idea that it has any real value to learners. Hack Learning Uncut is a special weekly episode, dedicated to subscribers. There …

69: How to Easily Uncover Your Biases

October 25th, 2016


A Teacher Disposition Assessment (TDA) measures bias. Student experts, who consume your presentations daily, generate critical information. The TDA is a set of teacher-created prompts based on potentially controversial …

68: Hack Learning Uncut - How to do projects right

October 21st, 2016


In this episode of Hack Learning "Uncut"--the unedited, unbridled, under-eight-minute edition of the Hack Learning Podcast--Mark Barnes explains how …

67: How to Teach Core Values with Casey Ewy

October 18th, 2016


When Kansas middle school teacher Casey Ewy realized that kids will become independent, enthusiastic learners if they are part of a non-threatening …

66: Hack Learning Uncut - Riffing on Rigor in Education

October 14th, 2016


In this episode of Hack Learning "Uncut"--the unedited, occasionally-interrupted, under-eight-minute edition of the Hack Learning Podcast, Mark Barnes riffs on the word "rigor" and its use in education.

Referencing a …

65: How to Discuss Politics and Other Sensitive Issues in School

October 11th, 2016


During a presidential debate, a citizen asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if they are appropriate for kids. In this episode, Mark Barnes expands …

64: Three Keys to Unlock the Door to Student Engagement with James Sturtevant

October 4th, 2016


James Alan Sturtevant calls student engagement the "whole ballgame", and who would know this better than the 32-year veteran teacher, rapidly …

63: Hacking School Discipline: How to Throw Out Detention and Other Lame Punishments

September 27th, 2016


Mark Barnes explains how one Baltimore school repurposed and rebranded its detention room, turning it into a Mindful Moment Room, dramatically …

62: Three Hacky Ways to Remember Things with Brad Zupp

September 20th, 2016


Renowned author, presenter, and memory expert Brad Zupp rarely forgets things. Since 2009, Zupp has been dedicated to testing the limits of his own memory while helping others learn the benefits that come from memory …

61: Hacking Teacher Mistakes with My Bad Host Jon Harper

September 13th, 2016


Jon Harper admits that in more than a decade in education, he's made plenty of mistakes. Some might call Harper a mistakes guru. He interviews …

60: How to Lighten the 20.2-Pound Backpack and Reimagine Homework

September 7th, 2016


When Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes realized his daughter's school backpack weighed in at a portly 20.2 pounds, he decided to tell the world that …

59: 3 Ways to Turn Failure into Success with Bestselling Author Jessica Lahey

August 31st, 2016


New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey explains the struggles that parents and teachers have with allowing kids to fail. Author of The Gift of Failure, Lahey had an amazing epiphany a few years ago: She had to …

Hacking Master Teachers: 3 Habits of the Greats

August 24th, 2016


Why do students love some classes and hate others? What makes a certain teacher every kid's favorite? How do master teachers become so great? The answer is simple: Master teachers have daily habits that make them great …

Hacking Relevance in Education with Denis Sheeran EP.57

August 17th, 2016


When learning is relevant, students become enthusiastic and engaged. Denis Sheeran, math teacher and author of Instant Relevance, explains how he uses real life experiences to bring relevance to not only math but to any …

Journey of a First-Year Leader with Naomi Austin

August 10th, 2016


Missouri school principal Naomi Austin shares her journey as a school leader, just completing her first year. Austin explains a new leader mistake …

Hacking Positivity: 3 Ways to Make Stakeholders Smile Ep. 55

August 3rd, 2016


These three quick teaching and learning hacks, based on the runaway bestselling book, Hacking Leadership, are awesome for improving education at any …

Hacking Engagement with James Sturtevant

July 29th, 2016


Author James Sturtevant and I talk Hack Learning and student engagement.

How to Make Kids Love Math with Gerald Aungst- EP 53

July 27th, 2016


Gerald Aungst, author of 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom: Creating a Culture of Innovative Thinking, knows how to turn math haters …

Dawn Casey-Rowe Is De-standardizing the classroom - EP 52

July 20th, 2016


Learn how Dawn Casey-Rowe, author of Don't Sniff the Glue, navigates the rough waters of standardization in her classroom. In Episode 52 of the Hack Learning Series podcast, Dawn explains how she engages students by …

Don Wettrick is Hacking Innovation - EP 51

July 13th, 2016


In Episode 51, Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes recruits guru Don Wettrick to Hack Innovation. Wettrick is a high school teacher in Indiana, popular …

Hacking Live Streaming Video: Facebook Live, Periscope, and More

July 6th, 2016


Today's technology empowers teachers and learners to break down the walls of school and business. In Hack Learning Episode 50, Mark Barnes explains …

How Kindle Instant Preview Rescues Reluctant Readers

June 29th, 2016


Publishing giant Amazon developed a tool for publishers and bloggers to market books, but in the process it may have empowered teachers to turn …

3 Ways to Improve Teaching and Learning Tomorrow

June 22nd, 2016


Mark Barnes shares the evolution of the Hack Learning model and says it's time to reframe your thinking and to change your attitude about …

Creating Culture, Empowerment, and Collaboration in Schools

June 18th, 2016


Renowned educators Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis are not your traditional school leaders. In fact, they prefer to lead from the middle, which is …

How to Use Social Media to Build a Powerful Learning Community

June 15th, 2016


If you want to build an engaged, vibrant learning community at your school and in your school district, you need to connect with teachers, parents, …

Hacking Homework Again: Tonight's Assignment -- Meditate, Volunteer, or Create

June 10th, 2016


Apple Distinguished Educator Peter Cameron dramatically changed his teaching methods. He created a new kind of homework, which he calls "home share". After reading Cameron's blog post on this alternative to traditional …

Flipping the Flipped Classroom with the In-Class Flip

June 4th, 2016


Flipped learning has become wildly popular in education. Unlike a traditional course setup, where content is delivered in class and students apply …

Hack Learning 101: How to Vox Your Way to Success

June 2nd, 2016


What if you could build a small group of experts or like-minded people who answer your questions or respond to your rants 24/7. Mark Barnes explains …

Hacking the Backchannel: Inspired Learning in the Digital World

May 31st, 2016


Jennifer Hogan tells Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes about her initial experience with the backchannel, which it turns out she may have unwittingly created decades ago. Hogan, an Alabama principal, #USedchat …

Hacking Live Twitter Chats with Four Popular Hashtag Creators

May 28th, 2016


Some of Twitter's most experienced live chat creators and moderators join Mark Barnes to discuss the influence of Twitter on teaching and learning, during live Twitter hashtag chats. Sharing their insights are Tom …

Hack Learning 101: How Self-Evaluation Changes Practice

May 26th, 2016


In an under two minute hack, Mark Barnes is joined by Missouri principal and globally connected educator Naomi Austin, who shares her story of change. After some serious reflection and self-evaluation, Austin decided …

How to Find Your Avatar

May 24th, 2016


Teacher and student engagement expert Jim Sturtevant joins Mark Barnes in a discussion about the concept of the avatar -- no, not the movie. Sturtevant, author of You've Gotta Connect and Hacking Engagement, explains …

Hacking English Language Learning with Fluency MC

May 21st, 2016


World renowned teacher/rapper and Youtube phenom Jason Levine, aka Fluency MC, shares three hacks for English Language Learning, including a surprising tip about using social media. Levine travels the world, …

Hack Learning 101: The Power of Periscope

May 19th, 2016


Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes, one of education's top social media and digital learning experts, explains the power of Periscope. Mark provides four simple steps to help you get started with the live streaming video …

How to Escape Chaos with a TQZ

May 17th, 2016


Experienced educator and Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes explains three easy ways to create your own TQZ, or Teacher Quiet Zone, and escape the chaos of your hectic work day. Based on a concept from the bestselling …

5 Quick Tips for Becoming a Lead Learner

May 15th, 2016


In the new Hack Learning Series book,Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love, Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis discuss how important it is for leaders to be …

Hack Learning 101: Breaking Down the Walls

May 12th, 2016


In another brief Hack Learning 101, Mark Barnes provides a quick tip for looking inside the lives of educators and schools, using Periscope live …

Hacking School Culture: Lead from the Middle

May 7th, 2016


School district superintendent Joe Sanfelippo and professor emeritus John Bennett explain how old-school mandates that stifle teacher autonomy can …

Hack Learning 101: Genius Hour for Passion Projects

May 5th, 2016


Nashville teacher Mike Stein shares the power of Genius Hour with Hack Learning host Mark Barnes, who passes along some quick tips for starting your own Genius Hour. Learn how to inspire students to pursue their …

Hacking the End of the School Year

May 2nd, 2016


Mark Barnes shares 10 teaching strategies for amazing leanring in May -- a time when many teachers and learners shut down for the summer. Mark highlights some of the best ways to engage learners until the end of the …

Hacking Report Cards: Successful Student Self-Grading

April 30th, 2016


As long as report cards exist, teachers must supply a number or letter grade at the end of a grading period. For teachers who operate no-grades classrooms, based on conversation about learning and ongoing narrative …

Hack Learning 101: Twitter Hashtags

April 28th, 2016


In this 101 session, Mark Barnes explains the power of Twitter hashtags for creating your own tribe of like-minded teachers and learners. Mark, whose tweets reach more than 3 million newsfeeds monthly, explains how you …

Hacking the Podcast: Produce Yours in Minutes

April 26th, 2016


Education hacker, Mark Barnes, never envisioned himself as a podcaster, believing that producing a podcast would be far too time-consuming and very …

Hacking EdTech: Making Sense of So Many Tools

April 24th, 2016


With so many websites and mobile applications available and more cropping up daily, teachers sometimes struggle to find the right tool to engage …

Teach One Lesson

April 16th, 2016


Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes shared the hashtag #TeachOneLesson on Twitter, and something amazing happened. If you had the power to reach every …

Hacking the Message

April 11th, 2016


One classroom sign, shared on social media, shocked many teachers and parents, while inspiring others to cheer. The sign's message? "You cannot do extra credit to bring up your grade." This sign and the uproar it …

Hacking the Shout

April 5th, 2016


When you shout out of anger, not only does it impede problem solving, shouting, especially at children, can erode trust and lead to even more …

Hacking Inquiry Based Learning

April 2nd, 2016


Educator, author and instructional design expert, Ross Cooper, explores inquiry based learning with Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes. Cooper explains what inquiry in the K12 classroom looks like and what teachers need …

Hacking College Admissions

March 29th, 2016


Inspired by a Washington Post article comparing the college admission process to the Hunger Games, Mark Barnes offers three hacks that can …

Hacking Assessment

March 24th, 2016


Teacher, digital learning specialist, and mom, Kerry Gallagher, explains how a label after an in-class assessment gave her 7-year-old daughter a …

Hacking Class Participation

March 22nd, 2016


What if every single student in your class participated in your next discussion? Yes, even the most reluctant learners, the shy kids, and English language learners. Imagine the power of 100 percent participation. …

Hacking Classroom Management

March 20th, 2016


Mark Barnes shares 5 classroom management tips that he says will work at any school. Learn more about hacking classroom management at

Hacking the Worksheet

March 17th, 2016


Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes enlists the help of seven experienced educators, who share various ways teachers can engage students in learning, without using traditional worksheets. These education hackers teach all …

Hacking Literacy

March 13th, 2016


With more than 120 million illiterate children, it's time to put books in kids' hands. In this episode, Mark Barnes shares how one school built a …

Hacking Connected Education

March 10th, 2016


Two popular connected educators discuss the problem of the unconnected educator and share some Right-Now strategies for helping them plug in to …

Hacking the Test (Part 2)

March 3rd, 2016


In Hacking the Test (Part 1), Mark Barnes explains how a test is NOT assessment and how teachers can shift the conversation about learning away from the test. In Part 2, Mark shares a story about how a second-grade …

Hacking Digital Citizenship

March 1st, 2016


A simple tweeted picture ignited an ongoing conversation about education technology and its place in schools. Should we ban mobile devices in …

The One Letter Hack

February 27th, 2016


Mark Barnes explains how author/expert Mike Fisher reimagines teaching the Common Core, with his one-letter hack. Fisher replaces the "r" in "rigor", to completely change the climate of today's classrooms, even in a …

Hacking the Late Policy

February 26th, 2016


It's time to stop punishing students for turning in their work late. Author/educator Mark Barnes explains why late policies cripple learning and …

Hacking Professional Growth

February 24th, 2016


Learn 3 quick tips for improving your professional growth today. Bestselling author, educator, and creator of the Hack Learning Series, Mark Barnes, …

Hacking Rapport Building

February 21st, 2016


Would teaching and learning change if teachers treated all students like they were your own children? Author/educator and Hack Learning Series book …

Hacking Leadership

February 20th, 2016


Sometimes leaders need to make decisions on their own. Author/educator Mark Barnes explains how one poor school principal decision can inhibit …

Hacking the Workplace Meeting

February 18th, 2016


What if you had more time at work? Imagine an extra 2-5 hours on the job that are self-directed. Mark Barnes explains how every educator and private sector employee can have this extra time. All you have to do is move …

Hacking Homework

February 18th, 2016


Mark Barnes identifies 6 reasons that teachers assign traditional homework and explains how to circumvent each reason and eliminate outdated traditional homework. In this brief episode, Mark Barnes explains how to throw …

Hacking the Test

February 17th, 2016


Teacher/author/disruptor Mark Barnes explains why traditional testing and assessment are not the same. Barnes shares excerpts from Hacking …

Hacking the Share

February 16th, 2016


Learn how to easily record an audio, even on the go with mobile devices, and easily add it to a collection or show on Spreaker. You can be podcasting …

Hacking Old School

February 16th, 2016


5 ways to reimagine teaching and learning, so you can create a vibrant, student-centered learning environment.

Hacking the Pineapple

February 15th, 2016


How to embrace the symbolic power of the pineapple and create Pineapple Charts that will revolutionize professional development at your school or in …

Hacking the Education Podcast

February 15th, 2016


The simplicity of education podcasting, using the Hack Learning model, with @markbarnes19

Hacking Mastery Learning

February 15th, 2016


One person said we need to help students achieve mastery learning. A hot debate ensued, and now it seems we may be completely off base about mastery. Let's hack Mastery Learning.

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