December 09, 2014
Seven years ago, after sixteen years in the classroom, I made the career choice to become an administrator. (You may be wondering why, but that is a story for another day.) With no one available to mentor me, or to explain the differences between being a classroom educator and being an instructional administrator, I came to the realization that the only way to fully articulate my vision, my mission, and strategies was through structural change. As in my previous position, my goal was to empower the entire spectrum of students to excel, within the classroom and without. What I quickly learned...
December 08, 2014
Teachers are using technology in some interesting and dynamic ways in classrooms across the United States. Here are a few stories that we’re reading right now: In Washington State, music teacher Shawn Tolley combines music and computer science in his lessons to teach kids music, technology, and math at the same time. Tolley is showing fifth-and sixth-graders how to mix, record, and synthesize sound - a process that requires them to learn and use concepts they’d normally only find in math class, like ratios. These students, many of whom now hope to pursue careers in electronic music, are...
December 01, 2014
4 Teacher Tech Tips for Real Relationships with Students The curriculum I teach might be history, but teaching is about a heck of a lot more than curriculum. More than anything else, building a real relationship -- one that is honest and personal without crossing the line of professionalism -- with students and their families is what facilitates learning. While working toward this kind of relationship with some students is easy, it is harder with others. And how can one person create a connection with 116 individual struggling teenagers after seeing each of them for only 55 minutes a day...