Day 1 – Washington and Civics

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 […]

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Autonomy In the Classroom

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 […]

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A Case For More Vertical Alignment

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 […]

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In the beginning

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 […]

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Do Creations Have Rights?

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: […]

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To Textbook or Not to Textbook

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 […]

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