Teacher Tools: Goalbook App

My latest review is up on the Yellin Center blog.  This time is features one of my favourite tools, Goalbook.  I talk a lot about Universal Design for Learning and differentiated instruction; they are at the core of my pedagogy.  However although sound educational theories it can be tricky for teachers to find tools that enable them enact the principals of personalized learning. Goalbook is one of my continually recommended, fool proof tools for making it all happen. It allows teachers to painlessly to turn research backed practices into real time instruction.  You can head over to the Yellin Center blog to read my review, or just browse a copy of the article below.  Happy teaching! Continue reading “Teacher Tools: Goalbook App”

{Gluten-Free} Snickerdoodle Banana Bread

 Last week, in the midst of Storm Jonas, our entire small group trudged through the blustery streets of NYC to have a snow day brunch with us.  The weather outside was chaotic, but inside we were warm and cozy. Our neighbourhood was exceptionally beautiful blanketed in snow; I actually love slow, snow days tucked inside with some of my favorite people.  For the occasion, I whipped up some vegan breakfast burritos, and finished off the meal with this sweet, treat.   So enjoy some gluten free Snickerdoodle Banana Bread during your next cold night.  Continue reading “{Gluten-Free} Snickerdoodle Banana Bread”

Chipotle Chicken and Rice Soup

Our friend Aaron arrives tonight to visit us for the weekend. Before trekking out Boston to pursue his dreams, all the boys use to spend nearly every evening in our apartment.  They always made sure to come just before dinner.  So I had to make sure I scrounged up a good, home cooked meal for his arrival. I opted for a healthy, hearty Chiptole Chicken and Rice soup that is an excellent way to use up leftover chicken in your fridge. This dish is flavorful and rich; it’s perfect for a chilly January evening.  Continue reading “Chipotle Chicken and Rice Soup”

{Vegan + Paleo} Smoothie Bowls

My mom came to visit in December toting a hometown favourite, granola from Pure Vanilla Bakery & Cafe.  I have ample warm, fuzzy, soul-filling memories in their cafe; from coffee dates with my mom to sitting on their patio with three of my nearest, dearest education friends, dreaming about our futures. So their granola is a little taste of home every time.  I decided to flex some creative muscles in how to make the most of my coveted granola; yogurt and granola just isn’t good enough.  Instead I whipped some smoothie bowls, whcih were fast, simple and perfect.  They’re also whole 30, paleo and vegan approved. Enjoy! Continue reading “{Vegan + Paleo} Smoothie Bowls”

Quick, Vegan, Gluten-Free Vanilla Zoats

Jameson just started a new job with Johnson and Johnson (yay! go Jay!) and is back in full swing of constant travel.  On the nights he is out of town I take the opportunity to experiment with new vegan recipes.  Over the passing months I had been seeing a plethora of instagram posts of “Zoats” pop up in my feed and got curious. Now I must confess I don’t actually like oatmeal. What I do know it is an excellent source of fiber and trace minerals that aren’t commonly found in most foods but the struggle is real for me to eat it in any form but cookie form. So I figured I should step out of my comfort zone to try out Zoats (Zucchini+oatmeal) and see if I could wrap my palate around porridge. Turns out it isn’t terrible, was really quick to whip up, and kept me full. Best of all this vegan, gluten-free dish packs in a solid serving of veggies.  Give it a whirl and see what you think! Continue reading “Quick, Vegan, Gluten-Free Vanilla Zoats”

An Important New Study on the Impact of Influential Students on Bullying

My latest article for the Yellin Center covers a salient topic in education -bullying.  A dynamite (and academically badass) team of researchers from Princeton, Yale, and Rutgers came together to explore how to best promote an anti-conflict mindset and disrupt the culture of bullying in schools.  The impact of their research doesn’t end with a theoretical publication; the practical Roots program has been developed to help teachers and policy makers enact this research in tangible, real world ways. Read my article below for more information on the novel research and Roots Program.  Continue reading “An Important New Study on the Impact of Influential Students on Bullying”

DIY ProD using Personal Learning Networks

It is a new year which means new learning goals! We have talked in the past about the respect I have for the digital space granting adult learners the autonomy to DIY their own learning. Today we are going to dig into Personal Learning Networks, and how to promote a culture of life long learning well after you leave the traditional classroom.  My latest article for the Yellin Center is attached below! Happy Learning! Continue reading “DIY ProD using Personal Learning Networks”

How We Meal Plan and this Weeks Inspiration

 We have talked before about our philosophy behind how we eat.  We strive to eat whole foods, and make most of our meals in house so we don’t do anything to supplement our nutritional needs in terms of different diets and cleanses. So many fellow New Yorkers balk at our lofty goals, exclaiming they just don’t have anytime left in the day to meal prep or cook.  I totally get that. It isn’t always easy which is why we strive to make all the recipes here at the Jordan Project fast and simple.  Continue reading “How We Meal Plan and this Weeks Inspiration”

Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Another gem from our girls brunch! These aren’t cake-y like traditional, bakery bought muffins but they pack some serious flavor. Gluten-free baking can be tricky, but these protein packed muffins were a snap to whip up.  You can also stir in some fresh raspberries or chocolate chips if you want to punch them up a little! They also freeze well, so they are great for making big batches to have on hand when visitors drop by at the last minute. Happy baking! Continue reading “Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Muffins”