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 →

Exploring Writing Skills

Writing is a large part of a humanities class. For my government class I specialize in informational and argumentative writing. Most social studies classes in America place a heavy emphasis on this type of reading and writing because our English classes cover most other forms.  Practicing these skills is not always, or lets say never,... Continue Reading →

Boston Massacre Trial

SET THE STAGE One of the major skills I teach is argumentative writing. One would think that taking naturally argumentative pre-teens and harnessing that energy with be easy, unfortunately it is not. Students that can argue over grades, the pros and cons of wearing leggings at school and which football team will reach the Super... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Revolutions

The new unit on revolutions is content heavy. We are exploring the American road to revolution and the Revolutionary War. In the past students have created timelines that are a reference that will be used in the next unit when learning the U.S. Constitution. This year changed the project to involve a larger world view. ... Continue Reading →

Reflection and Rebuilding

Flying high off the success of our last project,  8th grade U.S. Government students are excited to start their new adventure.  They have been working with the same groups for the entire quarter and are ready to move forward with a dynamic new group. They enjoyed self-selecting their groups based on diverse qualities and skills... Continue Reading →

Visual Thinking in Government

The learning goal is for students to explore the power distribution and relationship between people and their governments. The hook is a lightning project. To hook students into this lesson time was used to up the level of anticipation. This project could be larger and could take more time, but the same learning goals can... Continue Reading →

Atomic Habits

Change your world. Be who you want to be. Stop procrastinating and create the systems that will enable a new lifestyle. These are the actionable lessons behind the hugely successful Atomic Habits by James Clear. "Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement."james Clear My Love of Habits In my early 20's a read The Power... Continue Reading →

How?

We are tackling social contract theory through the framework of eduScrum. It took quiet sometime to try to map this idea out for myself never mind figure out how to make it digestible for 8th grade students. I created the driving questions, the task statement and the celebration criteria. I made a template for the... Continue Reading →

Books

I am an avid reader because I love to learn. I enjoy reading books of all genre. Like all teachers I do spend time reading “teacher” books. I want to learn how to expand my techniques, introduce new ideas and have a growth mindset when it comes to my field. I also LOVE to read... Continue Reading →

Building a Virtual Flap

The Flap is an integral part of running eduScrum. It is the heart and brain of the project and must be accessible to all students. The Flap show the chronological movement of a project, while making communication and organization transparent. When a project begins students are shown how to create a Flap. The categories that... Continue Reading →

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