Welcome to Blended Learning – Initial Thoughts

Welcome to Blended Learning – Initial Thoughts

BlendKit 2016 Today I started working on my UCF BlendKit course (yes, I did procrastinate a few days, but I’m busy!), which is all about blended learning.  Our first reading is all about understanding blended learning. I’ve taught sort-of blended learning...
Google for Education Certified Trainer

Google for Education Certified Trainer

Sharing My Love for Google I did it!  I am finally a Google for Education Certified Trainer! I’m so excited, and a little overwhelmed.  I think that’s probably normal at the beginning of a new adventure.  Sure, I’m still teaching, but I’m...
Cultural Criticism & Globe Trotting

Cultural Criticism & Globe Trotting

Context This semester, my seniors are exploring cultural criticism.  They’ll be reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, which is an amazing wordless graphic novel.  Following a man through his immigration story, the author does an amazing job helping the reader...
Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration

I spend a lot of time roaming the web, searching for inspiration and interesting ideas that I can use or adapt in my English classroom.  And, today I wanted to share one of my absolute favorites.  This site never fails to make me think about, wonder about, and mash-up...
Who’s Responsible for Student Screen Time?

Who’s Responsible for Student Screen Time?

The other day I heard a news report about the amount of time children and students spend in front of a screen (from TV to cell phones and computers).  It was a little surprising.  According to this post by NBC News, teens spend upwards of 9 hours a day in front of a...
Sometimes Things Go Boom – A MidQuarter Teaching Crisis

Sometimes Things Go Boom – A MidQuarter Teaching Crisis

Usually I don’t have much trouble finding my stride with my students. I’ve been teaching for a long time, and things normally get off to a pretty smooth start.  But something happened this year that really messed with my head.  Somehow, I lost myself. I...

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