The Public Education System’s Response to COVID19

In the wake of an unprecedented global pandemic, there are breakdowns occurring in the public education system which shed light on areas that will require significant consideration and revision as we move forward. It is clear that no contingency plan previously or currently in place has been sufficient to deal with such large-scale events as …

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 …

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 …

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 …