Bricks and Clicks: Mastering the Fine Art of Blended Learning

Bricks and Clicks: Mastering the Fine Art of Blended Learning

Nine years ago, I had a very interesting freshman class in a small charter school with approximately 100 high schoolers. 30 kids in the class, 7 desk top computers, prescribed online lessons through a reputable program I liked, a nice textbook… and free reign to do what I damned well pleased.  It was heaven, except … Continue reading

Tech Review: Versal

Tech Review: Versal

I have, on and off, been looking for a platform to create clean, crisp, flipped lessons to cover the first three levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (know, understand, apply) without having to create a entire website.  It hasn’t been an easy search, but, I think I may have finally found something I can use this year. … Continue reading

Poverty and the 21st Century Classroom

Poverty and the 21st Century Classroom

On my school’s staff blog this summer, there have been some interesting topics discussed.  One that has always been nudging me to find answers to in my classroom is poverty. My coworker, Jacque, wrote a two part examination of how we, as teachers can and SHOULD consider the socioeconomic statuses of our students.  We never … Continue reading

End of Year Reflection Time

End of Year Reflection Time

Last Friday, it became official: the end of the school year became real for me because I actually left the building at 2:46 pm instead of the usual 4:00.  I had no notebooks grades to input (did that during prep time), no lessons to plan (the very last lesson is done), and only have an … Continue reading

The Real, or Imagined Problem with STEM Education in America

The Real, or Imagined Problem with STEM Education in America

I found this Washington Post article in my LinkedIn news feed today and giggled at it a bit.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think the author was a creationist (slaps hand hard..ok, stop that…) Those who follow this blog know how I feel about science education.  I feel its as important as having … Continue reading

From Te@chThought: 50 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions

From Te@chThought: 50 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions

share, share alike!   50 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions by TeachThought Staff Google Chrome is, increasingly, where it’s at.As of April 2014, Google Chrome become the de facto internet browser, passing Internet Explorer for the first time after a five-year free-fall from Microsoft’s out-of-favor software. Fast forward to today, and StatCounter paints an … Continue reading

What Would YOU Do to Move Forward?

What Would YOU Do to Move Forward?

When I started this blog, I promised myself I’d try not to become too embroiled in the politics of education or anything else as I shared my reflections with the world.  I’ve had moments of falling off the cart, but I pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on track. Sometimes though, I … Continue reading