Aug
16
2015
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DIY Project Based Learning for ELA and History

I’m excited to announce that my new book, DIY Project Based Learning for ELA and History has arrived and is now available for purchase. The point of the book was to break down the process of PBL into day-by-day chunks ...
Aug
09
2015
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How to Host a Twitter Chat with your School Community

 Every year schools sit and brainstorm ways to communicate and engage its families. How will we reach out to parents? How will we gather information about their needs or give them a little insight in what we do as educators? A great ...
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 have the ...
Oct
30
2014
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The Full Interview with Dr. Spiros Michalakis

As part of my recent superhero PBL unit, I brought in Dr. Spiros Michalakis to talk to my students about research for their science-fiction based narratives.  Spiros is a Quantum Physicist who consulted on the new Marvel movie, Ant-man.  Sure, ...
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 ...
Aug
11
2014
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What is the Purpose of School?: Understanding Purpose Helps with Student Motivation (updated)

I start my school year with a little blog post about what students think school is all about.  It begins a year-long conversation about purpose that I then refer to throughout the school year.  "What is the purpose of the ...
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 ...
Jul
22
2014
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Having Any Nightmares About the Start of School Yet?

I posted the following on Facebook earlier today and got such a fun response, I just had to put it out there in a bigger way:   Had my first start-of-year-stress-dream last night. My collaborative tables had been replaced with rows of ...

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