Jul
27
2015
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Lessons Students Can Learn From Mick Fanning vs. The Great White Shark

What’s with shark videos? First it was the uniqueness of Left Shark in the Katy Perry halftime show. From him we learned to dance to your own groove, even in front of millions of people And now we have the mighty ...
Jul
24
2015
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Using Ant-Man In The Classroom

I just watched Ant-Man with my 9 year-old, and we both walked away with a cinematic smile on our faces. For him, it was a movie of laughs and of just the right level of suspense. It didn’t ...
Oct
29
2014
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Visual of my Edutopia post: “The Power of I Don’t Know”

I recently wrote an post for Edutopia called "The Power of I Don't Know."  It focuses on our need as teachers to release being the information authority in the room and instead to hand over the reins to the students ...
Oct
26
2014
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Training Judges for a Speech Tournament: A Reflection on How Students (Even Adults) Learn

We just finished hosting our first quarter speech tournament on Friday night.  Our league, to our knowledge, is one of the largest middle school leagues in the country, and the coaches meet frequently to ensure that our tournaments run as ...
Jul
25
2014
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Organizing Google Drive For Your New School Year

I have drunk the Google Drive Kool-Aid.  I used it daily last year, and I am now a convert.  However, as a result of my recent condition that I’m calling Googlenthusiasm, my inbox and Drive are now ready for a ...
Jun
09
2014
3

So You Think You Can Dance + Math = STEAM

I just wanted to share a quick classroom resource today that I stumbled on in my TiVO feed. I admit it, I'm a So You Think You Can Dance geek.  It's always been a great show in terms of modeling reflection ...
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 ...

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