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What Report Card Conferences Mean to me

December 7, 2013


Thinking back to my high school parent/teacher conferences I was filled with a mixture of dread and excitement as my parents went to school on those nights.  I would worry what my teachers would REALLY say about me to my parents and what they would find in my report cards and letters from teachers.  I […]

Wrapping my mind around the Socratic Method

September 24, 2013


I’ve always struggled with using (and participating in) the Socratic Method.  It’s alluring because it relies on inquiry and discussion where the people participating must use question and answer to get at ideas and critically examine thoughts.  These are really great skills and tools in any environment.  Inquiry, critical thinking, discussion.  All area aspects to […]

Shifting the focus on student voice

April 25, 2013


I visited a public school a few weeks ago where the faculty and community had done a wonderful job of creating structures to support student achievement.   The community and staff built a public school that was completely geared toward supporting a 21st century learning.  They had wonderful public spaces, a schedule that allowed for collaboration, flexibility […]

Happy Birthday to me: 30 years of learning how to ask the right questions

December 23, 2012


I like asking questions better than I like getting answers. This may be due to the fact that the quality of the answer depends on the quality of the question. I’m much more interested in honing my questioning ability with the hopes that it will produce a good answer. Over the past 30 years I’ve […]

Extra-curricular’s go further when the students power it

September 19, 2012


Ever join or start a club? I have, it’s great; especially when everyone contributes in a meaningful way.  Our fitness club, Valhalla is going to new heights this year because of the new contributions the students are making: Four years ago I started to work out with another teacher, Luke Walker, (@mrlukewalker) after school – it […]

Education should draw large circles, not small (pt. 2 – practical application-doing service)

August 18, 2012


Last week I wrote about some philosophical underpinnings I have about why I teach and some of the values I bring to my practice.  The post was titled, Education should draw large circles, not small (pt. 1- philosophical underpinnings).  I’ve also been thinking about how that can be applied to the classroom and school setting. […]

Lessons from the Phillies should show up in the classroom

June 22, 2012


I’d like my students to learn from die hard Phillies fans. The Phillies are one of the most losing sports teams in all of sports history; several years ago they were the first team to ever reach the 10,000 loss category, they went 10 years with a losing record and they always seem to be […]