Teacher Culture

I am now in month two of my third school of my teaching career.  The thing that I am noticing the most when it comes to changing schools is that there is a lot of culture at school.  There are teacher cultures, student cultures, administration cultures, parent cultures, etc.  It boggles my mind how many […]

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Marvel vs. History

I’m a history kind of guy.  I enjoy the stories and the characters unfolding.  I like cause and effect relationships.  I especially love tactics and battle plans.  I believe that the majority of the kids sitting in my class are less enthusiastic about these parts of history than I am.  In the same way, I […]

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Education Speak

The vocabulary you have and fluency that you speak with in large part determine how educated you come off to others around you.  In any industry there is a particular vocabulary that you need to be understood by your peers.  Education is notorious for having a steep learning curve to understand the vernacular. It almost […]

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In My Own Head

This time of year is always the time where I start to get nervous.  Not because of a test coming up or because of a specific unit.  I get nervous that I’m doing things wrong.  As I reflect on this, it’s funny because I know I’m going out of my way to do the right […]

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Sickness As An Educator

I’ve never felt more like I live in a petri dish than this school year.  With all sorts of news articles swirling around the nation about the Flu epidemic and people dying because of the Flu, I stood firm on my long held belief that the Flu shot was worthless…either I was going to get […]

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Presentations

One could say that my job is nothing but presentations, and that might be the case.  That being said, I got asked by my curriculum higher-ups to present at a conference right at the beginning of the summer.  I decided to partner with a co-worker and we decided right off the bat to make our […]

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The Little Things

Coming back to school after winter break is a time that can’t be explained to people not in education.  Everyone is tired, there are new clothes a-plenty, and we all feel (somewhat) rested and rejuvenated.  I’m also making some little changes in my classroom to see what happens. I’m structuring my classroom to minimize negative […]

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