Welcome to my website. Here I will be discussing the latest news in education, curriculum design, a smattering of educational policy, and most importantly, how to more deeply enjoy this crazy and difficult calling of ours. For if you don’t figure out how to love teaching, with all of its obstacles and insults, then your students will not love learning. This blog is meant to help new educators to the profession, veterans, and second career teachers navigate through this difficult yet rewarding career. It is also meant to challenge the past practices in our schools that do not work, while highlighting those that do. Through celebrating education's successes and analyzing its struggles, I hope, that with honesty, I can help enable change. Click Here to Learn More
Apr
06
2014
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Do You Remember the Moment When You First Learned “Grit?”

OK, so here’s my confession: I’m not so sure that grit can be taught.  I know, however, from experience, that it can be learned.   So I think it’s time we all had a frank conversation about the role of school ...
Mar
18
2014
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Can you trick a student into thinking critically? Or is it just a trick?

So my students are currently taking a publisher’s online pilot test.  We are doing it for three reasons: 1. This gives the students practice for the SBAC online test.  The format of these practice tests is meant to mimic that of ...
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Mar
16
2014
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Big ‘Ol List of CUE Resources

Hey all!  For those who saw me present at CUE in Palm Springs, here is the list of many of the resources I mentioned in my presentation, "From Pencils to Paperless: Developing a Blended Environment for Teens."  You may have ...
Mar
10
2014
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Speech and Debate Secret Sauce: Building Community in Any Classroom

As I’ve recently written, I am the coach of a very successful and very large middle school speech & debate team.  It’s a huge job to coach all of these kids, but it’s amazingly rewarding.  It’s rewarding to know that ...
Feb
02
2014
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Let’s Talk About Speech, Baby: Speech & Debate and the Common Core

Besides being a Language Arts teacher, I am also a Speech and Debate coach.  I haven’t written about it too much, not for any reason other than I spend a lot of time geeking out over curriculum design in teaching ...
Dec
23
2013
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What do Jeff Wilhelm and Ashton Kutcher Have in Common? : Teaching for Character

Earlier this December, I attended the UCI Writing Project annual conference.  Every year, this conference douses a teacher in strategies to teach writing and literacy, and every year I come away with valuable methods and implementation goals.  This year, the ...
Dec
12
2013
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Tips on Embedding Evidence: Writing with Numeracy

As we journey deeper into the world of Common Core, the need for factual evidence rather than emotional opinion becomes more and more vital.  So that got me thinking in a more targeted way: as an ELA teacher, what are ...
Oct
30
2013
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Tween Brains, Part III: How to Work It Out In The Classroom

 In part 1 and part 2 of my series on the tween brain, I covered why teachers need to become brain hobbiests and some key terms when learning about the brain.  In this final post on the tween’s crazy cranium, ...
Oct
22
2013
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The Obsession with Self-Quantification and the Consequence in Education

 I recently read a commentary in Time Magazine by Kathleen Parker called, Count Me Out.  It was a fascinating little diatribe about our obsession with self-tracking and quantifying success.  She was looking through the lens of folks who find ways ...
Sep
13
2013
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Going Paperless: The Digital Binder

I wanted to share a bit of what I'm doing in my various classrooms as a means to go paperless.  To me, the need to go paperless is about two things: 1. The reams of paper that are used in any ...

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