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 →

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 →

Bringing in the Big Guns

This post has nothing to do with actual guns. Sorry (or you're welcome). I'm talking about the "big guns" of information. Yes; real, live human beings that are experts in their field. I'm a huge advocate for field trips. Any time that you can get your kids out into the real world and let them experience something... Continue Reading →

Collaboration Concept Maps

We just finished final exams at my school (though my grading is far from done....). I usually dread the days leading up to exams because I find that the kids are as bored with reviewing as I am, though it is a necessary evil. I've tried review games, but find that the kids don't really... Continue Reading →

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