Shootings Are Not (just) a School Problem

A thought occurred to me tonight as I was driving home listening to one station describe the situation in Santa Fe, TX and another completely ignore it (which I think says something in itself...). Is the fact that these shootings often happen in public schools holding us back from any real progress? Teachers around the... Continue Reading →

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How to Engage & Frustrate Your Students

Have you tried out the Checks Lab from Understanding Evolution? This is an activity that I have been using for several years now. It's one of my favorites! And this picture shows why: Students are hooked pretty much from the get go. They find it interesting, a little taboo (it involves possible drug rehab and... Continue Reading →

I Refuse to Be An Armed Teacher

I have been getting asked more and more whether or not I, as a teacher, would be willing to have a gun (either on me or locked in my classroom) in case of a shooting at school. But this has gone beyond people here and there asking what I think. Recently several politicians (you know... Continue Reading →

If You Want To Know, Just Ask!

Who doesn't love creating/giving/evaluating a good pre-assessment? Not this teacher. But we all know we need to know a baseline for our students. We can assume what our students know about a unit. We can have an idea what they¬†should know based on vertical alignment and what was taught (hopefully)¬† in previous grades. But let's... Continue Reading →

The Tallest Tower Wins

Second semester is here again! I really love to use that first day back to get the kids up, moving, and being creative. But I know they need to ease back into school... no heavy content just yet. My go to used to be the Ultimate Bubble Blowing Champion. But I recently switched schools. So... Continue Reading →

Am I Secretly a Techie?

I have been stating for a while that I am not a techie. But I recently switched from a 1-1 school to a non 1-1 school. And I am quickly realizing just how much I did use tech in my teaching. Yes, I used a lot of student tools.... but I used a lot of... Continue Reading →

What Do Teachers Really Want?

Tonight I'm stepping out of my usual audience box (teachers) and writing for parents. I realize there probably aren't many non-teacher parents checking my blog, so if you could pass this along that'd be super. =) It's that time of year: gift giving season. The gift buying seems to start earlier and earlier each year,... Continue Reading →

Making Learning Visual

For those of us that are teaching science using the NGSS, we know the importance of students creating and using models. I've recently been using them in place of (or at least in addition to) taking notes. We all have those kids who are just crazy artistically talented. But even those who aren't can get... Continue Reading →

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