Same = enough

I cannot believe that it is August. And that August, as far as summer goes, is so SHORT! In my district, teachers go back on the 14th, and students return on the 17th, which is a jarring reality check after having the entire months of June and July off. Recently, I was having a talk... Continue Reading →

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I don’t know what I (don’t) know

Can you believe that it's already "mid-to-late" July? I cannot and I know that the summer always flies by, but this one seems to be speeding ahead at a pace I cannot keep up with! Last week I had the amazing privilege to attend a College Board AP Training presented by Davara Potel, who, before... Continue Reading →

16-17 Reflections

Wow. This school year was crazy, and it went so quickly! During the middle, I thought I wouldn't make it out alive, but now that it's over, all I can talk about is how "fast" it went. I read a motivational post earlier this year that said something to the effect of, "why do we... Continue Reading →

Feel good Friday

Hey everyone! Sorry to be absent from the blogosphere (do people still say that?) lately ... this spring seems to have been a non-stop slew of crazy things. I used to publish a "joli jeudi" post where I'd share happy moment from each week, and I've got a lot to share this week that won't... Continue Reading →

My first Movie Talk

Good morning, world! I was actually kind of sad to have an ice storm and terrible road condition day off today because yesterday I tried my hand at my first Movie Talk, and I have to say, it was AWESOME! I was really excited to continue those activities today! Before I tell you about my... Continue Reading →

Exemplars for learning

Man, this is such a simple idea, but it really helped my students this year! Earlier this year, I went to a 3-day personalized and blended learning conference hosted at my school. I was really impressed with the keynote speaker, a middle school social studies teacher who does amazing things in his classroom. Bill Ferriter shared... Continue Reading →

First week reflections 2016

Wow. This year has been amazing and I've only been in the classroom for 7 school days! I wanted to reflect on the pluses and deltas of my first week, as some of you are starting your school year soon, and as a place for me to share what's going well for me! Pluses: Saying... Continue Reading →

Don’t fit the mold

I will start this post by clarifying what you may have already gathered: I do still exist! I've been really caught up in taking a load off this summer. This is my first summer where things are "staying the same," meaning that we're not moving, I have no big trips planned, I'm not trying to redo everything,... Continue Reading →

Why “easy” doesn’t bother me

Okay, so there's been some talk amongst my friends, online and real life colleagues, and on twitter recently, and here we go, it's #confessiontime: I think that we should stop being so quick to label our class or other classes as "easy." There. I said it. Recently, I've heard a lot of chatter about how if... Continue Reading →

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