About Mike Dunn

As a lifelong educator, Mike has been working in outdoor and indoor classrooms for over 15 years. His practice is rooted in a deep understanding of History and the foundation on which we have built our educational philosophies and values. He currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at a small independent school outside of Philadelphia.

Reconsidering Columbus: A Day Worthy of an Alternative

For decades, students in elementary school classes have admired portraits and sang songs telling the tale of America’s hero, Christopher Columbus. In his well-documented 1492 journey, Columbus -- enroute to India -- stumbled upon what would become the Americas; Hispaniola to be exact. The rest of his journey is...history. Somewhere in the depths of our [...]

Vampires, Honest Abe, and the Future of History Instruction

America loves its heroes. From the earliest inspirational days of explorers sailing the ocean blue and “discovering” an unruly wilderness that would become the United States, to Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, to the canonization of Steve Jobs (notably by Ashton Kutcher is this film). Without a doubt, many of these heroes deserve their limelight. [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:14:02+00:00 July 1st, 2014|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Social Studies|0 Comments

Must Reads For The Ed Reform Advocate #1: Test and Punish – A Book Review

Test and Punish, by John Kuhn Test and Punish: How The Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity Author: John Kuhn Publisher: Park Place Publications, Austin, TX I first encountered John Kuhn’s name about a year ago while reading his article “The Pundit’s Miseducation” on The Educators Room (TER). As an education [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:21:11+00:00 January 13th, 2014|Book Review, Educational Reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments

10 Pieces Of Technology That Changed My Teaching Practice And Others That Didn’t

courtesy ucedtech It is no mystery that the education world is saturated with technology. There are tools for everything from administering quizzes, to “flipping” the classroom, to facilitating collaboration, to monitoring student productivity. Of course, with this saturation comes overwhelm. The new-to-edu-tech teacher is sure to find themselves deep in [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:25:06+00:00 October 10th, 2013|Instruction&Curriculum, Technology|4 Comments