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 ...
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
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 ...
Aug
14
2013
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When Life Turns on a Dime, You Discover Your Family

I want to tell you a little about what happened to me this summer, but I promise that it will come around and relate to school.  Cruddy hook, I know, but I wanted you to know there was a method ...
Jul
03
2013
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I’m Confused. What Am I Fighting For? Who Am I Supposed to Be Fighting?

I find myself confused about my profession and, as a result, confused about my path within it. I entered teaching with a feeling of pride about my purpose, feeling the system was working with me to help prepare students for ...
Aug
01
2012
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Edutopia Post: How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?

My most recent post for Edutopia focuses on Meaningful Assessments.  I'm currently working on that chapter for my new book, and it's been on the brain as of late. In this post, I talk about using the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical-Thinking, Collaboration, ...

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