If you know me at all, you would know that I don’t use profanity, ever since I was a little kid and got my mouth washed out with soap. I’m not a saint, I’ve said plenty of things in my head that shouldn’t be repeated, especially when the copier goes down, and I forgot my […]Read More You’re more than “just” a teacher…
Social media is an ingrained part of most of our lives. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, it’s hard to keep up. Adding to the challenge, as a middle school teacher I have to balance the effectiveness of social media for students, colleagues and parents. Each group has their preferred social media outlets. Last year I started […]Read More My first attempt at Facebook for the classroom
A few days ago I had the honor of receiving ISTE’s Make It Happen award at the MACE conference. I was nominated for my effective use of technology both in the classroom (creating awesome Youtube videos, encouraging a wide range of tech tools, implementing engaging writing strategies using technology, etc.) and outside of the classroom […]Read More The ISTE Make It Happen Award
At church today there was a marriage therapist speaking about relationships and one of the analogies she made really stuck with me. She described our emotions like a smoke detector. A smoke detector blares it’s alarm full blast if it detects smoke. It doesn’t matter if your house is on fire or you burned your […]Read More How’s your smoke detector?
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Other days everything fits together like a puzzle. Last Thursday I had one of those days where everything went better than planned. The lesson was a review of nouns, verbs and adjectives. We’ve gone over it several times in class, but the kids were still having trouble […]Read More Noun, Verb, and Adjective Review
Teaching is messy. Just when you think you have things figured out you get a curveball, whether it’s a new student, a new initiative or a full moon. Sometimes as a blogger it’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to be perfectly written: correct grammar, inspiring message, etc. But that’s not real life. […]Read More My New Year’s Resolution
Several months ago my wife and I needed a new car. We did the research and looked at a wide range of cars. We eventually found a car that we hadn’t seen on the road before. It was a Ford Fusion. We love everything about the car and found a dealership that was nearby with […]Read More Perception is a tricky thing