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
16
2014
2

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 ...
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 ...
Aug
25
2013
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The Work Around

The image in this post is a metaphor for what this year is all about so far: the Work Around. Let me explain: I know that the ideal way to wear a Nike is to wear a sock that is intact.  However, ...
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 ...
Aug
11
2013
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Classroom Goal: Learn 10 New Things a Week (about them)

 I recently checked out a link from a Facebook friend.  It is apparently an ongoing list about current science discoveries called "10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week."  It was interesting, but it really got me thinking about a new ...

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