May 27, 2018

We all have THAT book. The book that you couldn’t get enough of. That one book that when it ended, you were at a loss for what to do next. The book that may have even made you a pleasure reader for life. For me, it was discovering the novel Molokai by Alan Brennert. For my sister it was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. With school almost out for summer, now is the time to stack the deck in fav...

March 22, 2018

This is how I thought about science as a first year sixth-grade science teacher: So much content and so few days to teach it all. I needed to get all those facts and content into their 12-year-old heads as fast as possible. A few weeks into a unit, though, I noticed sub-zero levels  of engagement, motivation, and care for science. I remember thinking, “What is wrong with these kids?? Science is AH...

January 13, 2018

In the first half of 2017, I was still teaching in my own classroom. One of my students kept getting into some trouble. It was nothing serious, things like talking back to a substitute and spreading rumors about classmates, but nevertheless, he frequently landed himself in the principal’s office.

One afternoon in December, Jacob stayed behind as the other students shuffled out to their next class,...

November 15, 2017

Refreshed. Energized. Ready to conquer anything. There’s nothing quite like
the feeling of being a teacher at the beginning of the school year. But all too
quickly, it’s now—November. The days are getting shorter, cooler, and the list of
“must-dos” is getting longer. The steady cycle of planning, teaching, and
reinventing —the very thing that brought you energy in September— is
exhausting. “Ehh, e...

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