My first flirtations with leadership came when I was 26. I was named Team Leader and had visions of a community of learners that would be unlike anything seen before. I was lucky to work with teammates who had vision, drive, and the desire to try new things. My years with that team were amazing. But […]Read more "A complaint on complaining"
This week’s #worldgeochat is all about inspiration. After writing the first question, “Who and/or what inspires you?” I realized that there is no way to answer this in 140 characters, so, I blog for the first time in a long time. I’ll tackle the “what” first. What inspires me most is the idea that I […]Read more "Who/What Inspires Me #worldgeochat"
At some point, anyone who teaches middle school has been asked the question, “You teach middle school??? Are you insane???” Typically the response is shluff it off with a chuckle and some comment acknowledging that middle schoolers are a bizarre group. What gets lost though is the reality. Despite raging hormones, moments of absolute stupidity, […]Read more "No, I’m not insane, middle schoolers are the best!"
I’ve read a few blog posts recently about being a “Master Teacher.” I listen to podcasts where “Master Teachers” are interviewed. I’ve been in meetings where the phrase “Master Teacher” was tossed around. But for as many times as I’ve read or heard those two words, the question I keep coming back to is this, […]Read more "Can you really be a “Master Teacher?”"
As my class gets deeper into the Arab-Israeli Conflict, we came to the UN Partition Plan of 1947 today. I use to just show them the map, talk about why it failed, and move on to the first war Israel and it’s neighbors had. That’s what I would have done in years past. Rather than […]Read more "If you give students time, they’ll give you results!"
Last fall, on a relatively blah Friday night, I started blogging. I did pretty well for a while, but then, I lost momentum. I haven’t posted since December, and that’s a problem. It’s a problem because I sometimes think I have a lot to share, but somehow, I never find the time to do so. […]Read more "#muststartblogging"
For fans of Top Chef, we’ve all seen it. Tom Colicchio looks at a chef who served something that the judges didn’t enjoy and asks, “Did you try this?” The chef normally mumbles something, and it is clear that either they didn’t try it, or they thought that someone else might have made something worse, […]Read more "Top Chef Guides My Teaching"