Innovating to Engage Adulthood, #IMMOOC Week 1

When I started blogging five years ago, I began by exploring the concept of "Emerging Adulthood" and tossed around terms like "the boomerang generation" and "Peter Pan syndrome". I was looking at my peers -- college graduates -- who weren't reaching recognized markers of adulthood until their 30's, and it scared me. I explored a... Continue Reading →

Updates and Musings

I'm constantly amazed by how timing works out. I'm teaching my second year at my tiny school, comfortable enough to branch out and experiment with non-traditional teaching methods. I have a smaller group this year than last year, but in some ways that's OK. The group I have has a culture I can work with,... Continue Reading →

Disrupting My Routine

  I feel like I've been on information overload lately. The more podcasts I listen to, books and blogs I read, and TED talks I watch, the more vast the problems in education appear. My reading list is growing faster than I can afford - a lot of the books I want to read aren't... Continue Reading →

Exploring Genius

In addition to the StrengthsExplorer curriculum that started the year (I have students writing personal narratives based on their strengths right now - I'll let you know how that goes after we get past the first drafts), I've also been exploring the idea of doing Genius Hour with my students. I've admitted before and I'll... Continue Reading →

Testing the Waters

Testing... testing... Is this thing on? After two years of silence, I've probably lost most of my loyal followers, but that's OK. I'm here now because I need to write and process ideas again, and this is a good place to do that. I always lose the spiral notebooks I scribble in. If any of... Continue Reading →

The gears are still turning.

I got a call from a teacher friend yesterday.  She calls a lot, actually.  She likes to use me as a sounding board as she plans out her curriculum and lesson plans.  Yesterday she was formulating a plan for an independent reading project, but over the years and countless phone hours we've hashed through job applications,... Continue Reading →

On Teaching Job Applications 

I went into "application mode" yesterday.  It's a weird mental zone teachers must enter to fill out their pages and pages of job applications.  Adults in other professions, give me some perspective.  Do job applications in other fields come with an average of 12 essay questions attached?  (That's a literal number, not an exaggeration.)  In addition to... Continue Reading →

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