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 →

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 →

Student Created Rubrics

Students worked for over 5 weeks to become experts in their historical fields. They self-selected groups from all different course sections, chose their own topics and then.. dove in.  One of the biggest differences with this project was the freedom students had to create. Usually there are rubrics that outline skills and content to be... Continue Reading →

Design Thinking in Humanities

The 8th grade students are tasked with creating an American History museum that will cover the 1800 - 1945. The idea is overwhelming at first. Full student autonomy, research, engagement, scaffolding, the initial project outline is missing the HOW. Students are used to being told how to work, what to design and when to design... Continue Reading →

Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

"The Fourth Industrial Revolution is ‘characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres’ " ForeignAffairs.com Eazy Digi EdTech Solutions holds a monthly conference to discuss how education needs to change to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This past month I was asked to join... Continue Reading →

Gamify the Constitution

With a rush of excitement, a push towards action and an explosion of intellectual growth the Analyzing Revolutions unit is over. The students have completely blown past expectations in the products they have made, the discussion they have led and the skills they have acquired. The last minute push exhausted all of us, but luckily... Continue Reading →

Student Voice Drives Curriculum

Reading the U.S. Constitution is not a priority of my 8th grade students. At this point in the year their genuine interest has built about the Constitution, but the actual want to read a document written in 1787 is not on this "Must Do" list. This year we have the extra challenge of students transitioning... 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 →

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