Certified Educator Here

There are three main tech-related companies that school districts tend to lean on: Microsoft, Google, and Apple.  Depending on your personal preference, you may prefer one over the other.  I personally am an “Apple-guy” followed by a “Google-guy”.  I use Microsoft for certain things, but that’s mostly a district level mandate than a personal preference.  […]

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Train Like a Rockstar

Training is one of those things in life that you either love or hate.  I have always found that I’d rather be over-trained compared to under-trained, but that’s just me.  The question I’ve run up against a few times is whether I’d rather travel for outside training or be trained in house and I think […]

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How Much History

History is a subject that is often either loved or hated.  If you were to poll the kids sitting in my classroom, they would either tell you they loved it or they hated it without much in between.  My goal is to light the historical fire in their soul.  This got me to think about […]

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Balance

In a life filled with things to do and things to become better at, I struggle sometime finding a balance.  I want to be a good husband/father/son/friend, I want to be good at my job, I want to do the things I like to do and make me happy, etc.  I really would love to […]

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Presentations On My Mind

I enjoy presenting.  I consider myself a decent presenter, so I started thinking about what makes a “good” presentation.  In my mind, a presentation I want to be a part of has three main components to it: They tell me why I should care.  I can’t tell you how many presentations I’ve been to that […]

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The Future…Of History

I go through this cycle every couple of years. I start the cycle by loving where I’m at in my career.  I’m enjoying where I’m at in life, everything is going well, and there is not a care in the world. At this point, I’m minding my own business, and someone starts talking about academia.  […]

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A better way

The best practices of the teaching world are rarely ground-breaking.  Usually, I find that the simple things that get overlooked are the most revolutionary in my classroom.  The most recent example of this was when the history department was prepping for our state testing review unit. In general, I’m always looking for the “best way […]

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