The Traveling Teacher: Normandy, France

June 6, 1944, D-Day, would be one that forever changed the world. For months, Americans, British, Australian, Canadian, French, and other Allied Powers trained for months when they would invade the Western Front and help turn that Nazi Germans back. The risks, sacrifices, and dividends were beyond measure. So is trying to put to words what it's like [...]

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10 Tips: Running a Political Debate

Last week I shared "10 Reasons Why Teachers Should Host Political Debates." It was a reflection piece on a State Senate debate I helped plan, coordinate, and orchestrate. Since then I've received several letters of thanks and strangers in the community approaching me in appreciation. Most importantly, students (and their parents) have expressed the most [...]

Breaking out of the Norm with Breakout Edu

It has been a long time since I started my high school class with this opening, “Today I’m going to tell you a story… and only you have the power to save the world...” My gaming team of devoted educators advised me to take a plunge into an all-out game experience with Breakout EDU.  While [...]

The Sensibilities of Mind Mapping

I was in attendance at a social studies department meeting reviewing how current curricula addresses Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR). A disagreement occurred over the requirement of mental mapping as a performance indicator.  Teachers accustomed to multiple choice and essay writing for common assessment could not discern what constituted a mental map. The recall of Venn diagrams, illustrated maps with inset boxes and character [...]

Haunting Film about Ellis Island

In 14 minutes, social studies and ELA educators can take advantage of a haunting new titled  Ellis about the buildings on the island between New York and New Jersey. Ellis Island served  as a United States immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The  2015 film is now available on Youtube and stars Robert De Niro. The setting [...]