Unleashing Student Passion

Roughly two years ago, while doing some light reading, I stumbled upon the idea of Genius Hour in a text. Mentioned more or less in passing, it was enough to intrigue me, and I began looking into this idea of giving students class time to explore areas of interest. It was a moment of circumstance …

#WhyITeach

It’s November. The freshness of the school year has withered somewhat, and I’m tired. The quiet of darkness blankets the world as I drive to school in the morning, and the feeble light of dusk guides my journey home; it’s easy to lose steam at this time of year. Teaching takes so much out of …

Using Google Classroom

If you are looking for a free, easy, user-friendly learning management system for your classroom, look no further than Google Classroom. As Google explains it, “Classroom is a free web service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google Account. Classroom makes it easy for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools.” Classroom …

Film Cannister Ice Breaker

The start of school is right around the corner, and I know you are all working diligently to prepare your classrooms for your new arrivals and spending most of your time bent-backed over lesson plans and materials, so here is one less thing you have to worry about: a fun and engaging ice breaker that …

Wrapping Up Research and Summer

As I mentioned in my last post (ages ago), I’ve kept myself crazy busy this summer, BUT it’s all paying off. I’m wrapping up my Action Research   course/project, which I’ll talk about more below, and I’m in the thick of semester planning. In addition to all that, I’m working on getting a short story …

A Busy Summer

I know the past couple of months work on my website has been fairly scarce, but I assure you there has been plenty going on behind the scenes. I am working toward the end of a second Master’s, this one in Educational and Instructional Leadership, and I’ve loaded myself down with three courses (and will …