Category Archives: Secondary Education

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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Power of Home Visits

    Reflecting upon current or past practices is the by far the best learning moments a teacher can take to improve. As I am in the midst of the final term of the school year, I am reminded of all … 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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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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Explore the World with Cultural Box Exchange

Minimal background knowledge. Unsure of the world. Limited exposure. Not anymore. I teach in a rural community where students have limited exposure to many opportunities. Each year, I make it a personal mission to expose them to the community around … Continue reading

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#GRAOJ – Collaborating with cross country partner classrooms

  Classrooms of today look nothing like they did when I was a student. Computers still had the big floppy disk and I was only permitted to use them after finishing all my work in Algebra class, which rarely happened. I … Continue reading

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