A Letter to Students and Parents

I began writing my course audit for AP Biology this week, which is always a fun thing to do. Part of my course description includes a short letter to parents and students at the beginning, so they have glimpse of my philosophy on the class and school. I also looked back at a course auditRead More

Change Teaching by Changing Grading

I have made a few changes in my chemistry class recently that came more out of pragmatic necessity than anything else, but these changes have caused me to revisit grading...again. Ultimately, what caused my change was the expectation of having three graded assignments put into the grade book each week. That's three for every student,Read More

The #Flipclass on NPR

I was given a unique opportunity today to join our local NPR host on a show entitled The Trend. The first half of today's show was about new classroom models popping up around the city and I was invited to represent the flipped classroom. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity. Two other teachersRead More

Coming Soon: Weekly #Flipclass Chat

With the discussion about the Flipped Classroom gaining steam globally, I thought it was about time we begin to connect in real time. I emailed Jon, Aaron, Ramsey, Dan, and Phil and we are excited to announce that the first-ever FlipChat will be held on Monday, March 5 at 8PM EST. We wanted to doRead More

Heroes and Villains

We have a saying in the science department here: students lack mental stamina. They are faced with problems, and instead of working together to find an answer, they give up entirely. "This is too hard" and "I don't know, so I'm not going to do it" are frequent responses when I assign something that requiresRead More