I arrived at Washington’s Reagan Airport in the late morning on Sunday. While it was late morning Washington D.C., my morning began long before in the wee hours of the morning as DFW Airport. I’ve never been happier to be out of a less than three hour flight. I gathered my bags, checked the my […]Read More Day 1 – Washington and Civics
Maybe it’s because I have written curriculum for two districts now and can see the overlap. Maybe it’s because I have taught all three grades of middle school history. Maybe it’s because I like to help people. Maybe it’s because I like to fix things. All these things are true statements and reasons I’ve always […]Read More Autonomy In the Classroom
In my seven years of teaching, no topic has come up in my history departments as much as vertical alignment. Middle school history is super challenging in this regard because our curriculum doesn’t overlap as much as other subjects. That being said, I would like to make the case that vertical alignment is one of […]Read More A Case For More Vertical Alignment
The beginning of the school year is full of new possibilities. New teachers are learning their craft and putting theory into practice for the first time. Experienced teachers are refining their craft and becoming a better teacher day by day. There are plenty of ways people start anew each August and the more times I […]Read More In the beginning
I enjoy going to the movies, and I don’t need my movies to be filmed in revolutionary ways or have unusually deep plot lines. When it comes down to it I really want to be entertained for a few hours. Recently I’ve noticed a current flowing through movies set in the not too distant future: […]Read More Do Creations Have Rights?
The state of Texas has decided that this is the year that Social Studies gets to purchase new textbooks. And why shouldn’t they, it’s only been twelve years since the last textbook adoption for Social Studies. As a brief aside, think about that for a moment…what in your life has been around for more than […]Read More To Textbook or Not to Textbook
I’ve never been a badge guy. It’s not that I don’t like showing off my accomplishments or don’t like little rewards along the way. I’ve never gone out of my way to do things to get badges. I’ve tried to give out badges in my classes, but I’ve never followed through to consistently give them […]Read More Badges, We Don’t Need No Stinkin Badges