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In the Bible, Jesus is referred to by the term “rabbiat least 15 times, mostly by his disciples. The amount of times that He “taught” or “teaches” people is debatable, but one can argue that each time Jesus talked, there was a lesson that was to be involved. But read more here

After seventeen years in the classroom, I now realize that if I had charged a dollar for every time a colleague of mine “borrowed” materials I created for my classroom, I’d probably be rich! Read more here.

In the morning hours of April 22, 2017—Earth Day—scientists, teachers, students, concerned citizens, and activists gathered in Washington D.C. to show their support for a single subject: science….Read more here.

Firefighters regularly press their uniform and cap, polish their trucks, and look their best to march in Memorial Day parades. It’s a way for the entire firehouse to forge together, in a common bond, for the good of their department and to showcase their best for their community. Read more.



Why Teachers Should Add Debate to Their Curriculum

May 29th, 2017|0 Comments

At the end of the school year this year, I looked at the list of causes of the Civil War. I've taught this once or twice, usually with just enough time to explain them. However, [...]

Teacher Awards Student “Most Likely to Become A Terrorist”

May 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Like many students at the end of the school term, Lizeth Villanueva brought home a superlative from one of her teachers. However, when her mom further examined the award, CNN reports, she saw that it [...]

A Day in the Heart of a Teacher

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A recent Friday was my 1,379th day of teaching. And it was a day that reminded me what it means to be a teacher. On Friday I used my heart so fully, and this to [...]

Teaching the Environment in the Social Studies and Humanities (and Everywhere Else)

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

When we get close to the end of the year I like to leave my students with a bit of reflection for the future. In a matter-of-fact and “non-preachy” way, I tell them that the [...]

6 Tips on Teaching Social Studies in a Politically-Charged Era

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

I've been challenged by parents plenty of times in my career. However, one that often protrudes in my mind is a 12-page email I received 7 years ago. In teaching about the post-Civil War Reconstruction, [...]

Teaching Writing With Hyperdocs

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

If you’re looking for a new approach to teaching writing, you’ve got to try teaching with hyperdocs. What are hyperdocs? According to their creators, Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis, hyperdocs are “a transformative, [...]

[S3E2] An Interview with Mr. Dombrowski: Social Media is Not the Enemy

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Ever since I saw Mr. Dombrowski's clip on The Ellen Show, I have been in love with his infectious smile and bubbly personality! Since Social Media is such a huge deal in every school, we [...]

I Tutored The Same College Student For 4 Years. Here’s What I Learned.

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

My school is about to graduate its sixth class of students. In independent school years, it is a young institution. By comparison, some of the older schools in my area have been around for 173 [...]

Reading Response Prompts for Nonfiction

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

In March, I shared how I create reading response prompts for my 8th grade ELA students. Since then, I have gotten inquiries from other content areas about what sorts of prompts are appropriate for nonfiction [...]

Making the Most out of Teachers Pay Teachers

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

After seventeen years in the classroom, I now realize that if I had charged a dollar for every time a colleague of mine “borrowed” materials I created for my classroom, I’d probably be rich!  Being [...]

Don’t Fear Conflict in Your Classroom

May 8th, 2017|0 Comments

I'm in my eighth year of teaching, and I'm still constantly realizing new things about teaching. Most recently, I realized that I was afraid of conflict in my classroom. Since I started teaching, it's been drilled [...]

Conquering Teacher Biases Against Disabilities: Important Strategies

May 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Last week, I wrote about teacher bias against special education students: a topic that struck a chord for many teachers for a variety of reasons. How can we achieve equity in education with biases in [...]

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