Resurrection Blog

I’ve been gone for quite a long time. Some of it was an intentional absence—time to settle in after the move and enjoy a bit of summer in our new home. But the remainder was unplanned. Once school started back, there were many times I tried to force myself back into the habit of research …

Exodus: A Teacher’s Story

In less than forty-eight hours, I will be crossing the West Virginia state line for the final time. Though I spent the better part of my youth daydreaming of a larger world and much of my early adulthood was lost to pipedream plans of leaving, I never left. Something, or somethings, always kept me here—whether …

Sketchnoting: Expanding Student Choice

I’m constantly consuming professional literature and find myself in a perpetually reflective/revisionary state regarding my curriculum and practices. I remain haunted by one of my more recent intellectual feasts, EMPOWER: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning, by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani (read more about it here). While I’ve been a PBL convert for a couple of …

Classroom Reflections After Reading Empower

Innovation has become a bit of a buzz word in education, and while the term may be trendy and even over- and misused, innovation is crucial to the survival of relevant and effective education. But change cannot be carried out for the sake of change; rather, as John Spencer and A.J. Juliani put it in …

Why I Begin With Stories

Ice breakers. Cold starters to awkwardly edge a group of strangers toward conversation with the eventual goal of building a semblance of community of learners and collaborators. As educators we’ve all been subjected to our fair share of ice breakers during numerous kickoffs of a variety of professional development workshops, and we’ve subjected our students …

End of Semester Blues

This isn’t what you think it is. I’m not blue because I’m tired and worn out (though, I am) or because it’s just that time of year where teachers experience the height of the infamous burnout. I’m sad because I genuinely do not want this semester to end. A card a student gave me today …