What does Real Professional Development Look Like During a Pandemic?

Teaching in the last year has been like riding out a hurricane in a treehouse. As seasoned educators, we tried to come prepared. We knew our student’s emotional needs would be our top priority, we strived to make school feel “normal”, but from the beginning, it was clear that the 2020 - 2021 year would... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Classroom Agile?

   Throughout the summer I have answered this question from educators all over the world. While I do not have a definitive answer there are some qualities that distinguish an agile classroom from a traditional classroom.  Student Agency In an agile classroom students are the drivers of their own education. This does not mean that the... Continue Reading →

Student Created American History Museum

After five weeks of incredible work the 8th grade students have prepared an interactive hands on American History Museum that explores the major events from 1800 - 1960. Like most major events this year the museum is both in person and virtual. This ensures that all students can learn and interact with all of the... Continue Reading →

Constitutional Game Design – Game Day!

The build up to game day has been anxiety riddled. Students have been testing their games, tweeking rules based on data, and working on design elements. I have spent the last few lunch periods at the laminator helping to create "real" game cards, while the students have been working in hallways on FaceTime with their... Continue Reading →

Sketch noting the Constitution

The 8th grade students have decided that this year we are re-writing our Constitution to intertwine it with game design. The students expressed that they wanted to learn design thinking and create games that show their mastery of the U.S. Constitution. Excitedly, I jumped into planning. Content goals first, skill goals second. Every year students... Continue Reading →

Declaration of Independence the Musical

When Middle School students are told they are going to engage with a primary source the feeling of the room shifts. The smiling faces disappear. The air becomes stagnant. All joy in the world has been stifled. Not even the worlds most famous break up letter brightens their faces. The Declaration of Independence is not... Continue Reading →

End of Unit Products

Here we are! After launching off into our first EduScrum sprint we have finally reached the end. It is time to see the results of all of the hard work. Students began this project in September striving to answer the questions: How Should Power Be Distributed in a Stable Society? The history element of this... Continue Reading →

Social Contract Meets 2020

The 8th graders are humming like bees in the spring. Passionate. Excited. Communicating and Collaborating. Connected between computer, communicating through plexiglass and masks. They are mastering content, learning transferable skills, and exploring the world. All through the eyes of a historian. How? Through the EduScrum framework students have tackled the driving question: How Should Power... Continue Reading →

Where are the systems?

This morning I was out on my daily run listening to Atomic Habits by James Clear. I am usually listening to books or podcasts as I run since it gives me the space to let new ideas bounce around my head. This morning the information was more thought provoking than usual. James Clear was introducing... Continue Reading →

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