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 …

Re-seeing Shakespeare

I know I should probably keep this a secret, but I hate teaching Shakespeare. I visibly cringe (and occasionally twitch) when that part of the semester rolls around. I can hear the eyes rolling before I can even completely get the name Shakespeare off my tongue (and, yes, when 28 sets of eyes all roll …