Get Down With Our Zomnacular

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

In Teachingland, our zombie tropes are a little different from traditional zombie culture. We have compiled a glossary of our terms with how they are used all throughout the book, and our online community! Book mark this page, and come back often!

Zip the Zombie


Antidote: Strategies to cure and prevent infection.

Bite: Moments that spread the disease either through drill and practice or killing the love for learning; students can bite each other through learned dead behavior.

Blue-Tape Thinking/Teaching: A teacher who is in the trenches being innovative, integrating PBL (Problem-Based Learning), design thinking, and creative ways to engage students.

#BrainSnap: An adaptation of Tara Martin’s #BookSnaps but customized to #Teachingland. Taking a picture of our book, annotating it, then posting it to social media.

Bunkers: Schools

Classroom Apocalypse: Damage to classrooms all over the world on a catastrophic scale due to a global movement in over testing and impossible teacher/student expectations based on shallow/snapshots.

Flatline: An infected student or teacher on the verge of a zombiism from the feeling of hopelessness brought about by a broken system.

Luddite—Either a teacher new to integrating EdTech, a teacher apprehensive about integrating technology, or a seasoned teacher that refuses. Luddite is usually used in the latter situation.

Ole Pedagogy Players (O.P.P.s): Cognitive scientists, learning scientists, educational philosophers, and practitioners who have contributed immensely to the classroom apocalyptic landscape. If you are gonna use other people’s intellectual property, I would start here.

Red-Tape Thinking/Teaching—Recycling the same lesson plans year after year, teaching to the test, drill and practice, not integrating technology, and making excuses to not rise up and reclaim our art!

R.E.M.E.D.Y.: Our acronym for good pedagogy: Reach, Engage, Make, Evaluate/Empower, Demystify, and Yearn.

Sanctuaries: Conferences, Edcamps, and learning communities to share ideas and antidotes!

Savage Failure: Failure that stops trying or failure that doesn’t end in learning.

Trenches: Classrooms

Trickle Down Zombienomics: A top-down, policy-driven solution posed as a cure but really an infection to the whole system.

Virus: The sickness plaguing the nation’s education system characterized by over testing, outdated thinking, and excessive focus on compliance and accountability that leads to burnout and disillusionment among students, teachers, parents, and members of the community.

Vitals: Feedback from assessments to show that students are learning.

Warm Bodies: Students who have been brought back from the brink of zombification through phenomenal, innovative teaching strategies. This extends to teachers who have been brought back!

Wifi Warriors: Teachers that are on the front lines of social media sharing, caring, and blaring their awesomeness!

Zombie: An infected person in the classroom apocalypse.

Zombigogy: The art of channeling excellent culture-changing teaching and guiding disengaged students back to warm-bodied lovers of learning. This also refers to teachers as adult learners continuing their craft through professional development. This involves creativity and triage.

Zombie Zips: Ziploc bag challenges that can be completed in a 45–60-minute class period.

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Mat Chacon, CEO, Dogheadsimulations 

"This is a fun, fast-paced read that is all about using teamwork to improve the educational experience. Whether you're an educator in the traditional classroom or an instructor in corporate training, you and your students will benefit from the unconventional strategies and tactics this book offers to navigate the darkness of antiquated educational practices and emerge into the light of an improved pedagogy.  " -- Mat Chacon, CEO, Doghead Simulations

"It’s human nature to get worn down by situations, and Education can be no different. But this dead-ly book from Amanda and Mary Ellen has the perfect anti-dote - the equally human response of playfulness, humour and creativity. As society moves to a fully digital and automated era where the most human intelligence or literacies are becoming more and more valuable, this is not only a smart move, but an absolutely key one if we are to truly survive. I’m confident that this book takes us even beyond that to also give an ability to thrive - first by understanding the recent past, and then via its incredible collection of practical tips and resources. I fully endorse Teachingland for the zombie-fied among us as well as the still warm and red-blooded teachers who are out there every day making a difference."

Jonathan Nalder, Teacher, Futurist, Digital Trainer and founder of

Steve Bambury, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation, JESS Dubai

“A totally unique approach to professional development that stands out from every other teaching book I’ve read. Essential reading for educators striving to ensure their learning environment doesn’t end up resembling a zombie movie!”