Category Archives: Instruction

Middle school drones deployed

When opportunity knocks, it’s important to jump on it and I saw a similar opportunity this year that I didn’t want my students to miss. The local television station was promoting its newly trained drone operators. People were being paid … Continue reading

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Unleashing Problem Solvers

Pass me the pipe cutters. Be careful. You want to get the measurement just right or it won’t be balanced when it stands. I’ll hold it steady for you. The conversation above was a typical day when students were working together … Continue reading

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Middle School teacher epidemic

  As rain drizzles down upon the heads of youthful spirits entering Ocean City Elementary School, parents and students are hand-in-hand entering the building. Students embrace teachers waiting for them inside the corridor and friendly exchange of words between parents … Continue reading

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Allow for Student Exploration in 2017

Dream and innovate. Each of these verbs are goals that I set for my students as 2017 comes knocking. My students, as I’m sure some of yours grow weary of the status quo question and answer approach after reading a … Continue reading

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Reinforcing Point of View via Flip Grid

Seeing potential title for the 2017 Global Read Aloud, I am reflecting back on all the fun my students had with Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt. From our home classroom in Pocomoke City, MD, we connected two schools regularly in … Continue reading

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Courageous Conversation: Thanks to Orbiting Jupiter

Christmas break has only been a few days, and I already re-read Orbiting Jupiter, a young adult literature book by Gary D. Schmidt. This past semester I taught Orbiting Jupiter as a part of my enrichment class because it offered an … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality: #PocomokeScholars Take One

I often talk about being wired differently to my colleagues and state our students are even wired more differently than me. Therefore, employing the same pedagogy is only getting old results — unengaged, bored students. It wasn’t easy, but I … Continue reading

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