Empowering Students Through Choice

Last month, I wrote an article about how lack of creativity for teachers can hinder both progress and respect. The same thing can be said for our students: a lack of creativity can hinder progress, respect, and self-efficacy. Allowing more choice for our students can empower them while also promoting creativity. Scripted and finite curricula [...]

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Back To School Hacks: Digitize Your Syllabus and Lesson Plans!

This year I'm going back to school with a twist - I'm going to digitize my syllabus and lesson plans! A few years back I experimented with different ways to engage students on the first day - and first weeks - of school. Building relationships, engaging my classroom and creating a sense of excitement helps [...]

LGBT Perspectives in the Middle School Classroom

There has recently been a lot of buzz around a new short animated film entitled “In a Heartbeat.” I first saw it being shared on Facebook, and since it was posted on July 31st, it has been viewed over 20 million times.  If you have not had the chance to view it yet, here is [...]

Making STEM Matter in Schools

I just got back from a fascinating conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report. I was compelled by the idea of making STEM matter in schools; as a middle school teacher, I know this is the prime time to hook kids into STEM. This is the [...]

The STEM Revolution in Higher Education

I just got back from a fascinating conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report! I was compelled by the idea of a STEM revolution in higher education; as a middle school teacher, it really didn't occur to me that colleges would be reacting in a similar [...]