Since my first day of teaching, I have always had my students at work at a warm-up task when they… Read more Start Your Classes Strong with a Warm Up Activity
A few years ago I had the honor of delivering the keynote address at the CMS high school Career Day… Read more What I Learned from my Dad, John, and Beatle John Lennon
The fundamental practices of classroom instruction are like the lines of code in an app: remove only a few and… Read more Hacking Your Classroom
We talk a lot about failure and the value of having students experience more failure and learning from failure. There… Read more Student Feature Film Project Part 2 – Epic Failure!
I just finished a long unit and wondered if there was a more engaging way to assess student understanding. With… Read more Cool Hollywood Musical Project!
This is a big pet peeve of mine. So, forgive me if I come off a bit crazy! Having said… Read more Be Serious about Dress Down Days
My students were exploring the concept of African-American history in my 8th Grade US History class and I came up… Read more Reparations Writing Project as a Before & After POV Check
I am not a Luddite. I am not afraid of change. I am open to, and regularly blog about, new… Read more Don’t Forget the Fundamentals of Classroom Instruction and Discipline
Following our look at the Abraham Lincoln assassination, my US History students wrote a paragraph about Lincoln as a president… Read more Beyond the Red Pen: Have Students Actively Reflect on Their Writing
As we drew near the end of our Lincoln assassination unit, I struggled with how to assess student learning. Sure,… Read more Epic Lincoln Rap Battle Project