Teach Like a Teacher

Teaching is being overrun by impostors. Perhaps I'm reading into something, but the explosion of "Teach Like a [thing]" culture scares me. Culturally, have we reached a place in education where taking on a persona to find inspiration for change is the best option for our students? Simile is powerful and inspiration comes in manyRead More

If You Haven’t Changed Practice, Don’t Call It Flipped

When I try new things, the fear really sets in as I'm giving instructions and trying to pick up on the nonverbal cues my students are sending me. Most days, they roll with it. Other days...well, there is usually some kind of course correction in there. But it's part of my practice now. Not crashingRead More

Drawing Notes

I used to make fill-in-the-blank notes for my students to complete while watching a video. For a particular subset of students, that works well. Helping lower the barrier for learning by providing a construct for information gathering led to more engagement when it came time to use the information. Then I took on AP Biology.Read More

Play in Class

We're playing with magnets this week in class. (We're actually finishing playing with magnets now.) It's been great and this is by far one of my favorite units to teach because everything is so hands on. We've done lab activities every day. Magnets are accessible. They're approachable by students. They're easy to put your handsRead More