Peer Review that Worked

This year I am challenged with teaching a new course: AP Capstone Seminar. It’s a course that really captures what teaching should be like: skill development such as reading and analyzing a variety of texts; inquiry based learning where students are guided to come up with their own research questions; group and self directed projects …

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Teachers as Facilitators

Some of the best teaching moments are really just moments of facilitation. It sure makes teaching sound unromantic but really, we facilitate opportunities for our students to learn and grow. If we work hard, and the facilitation is successful we are happy to watch from the sidelines as our students become the lead actors in …

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Pecha Kucha: Student Presentations Revamped

Most English standards, such as the Common Core Standards stipulate the development of presentation skills. The Common Core “Speaking and Listening” category specifies that students “make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest” (Common Core). …

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English & Biology: A Collaborative PBL

At the recent Live Curious Conference,  I attended an inspiring session on Global Collaborative Learning. The teachers presenting showed us the incredible learning experience their students in Mexico had collaborating with a teacher in the United States. It was incredible to hear about stereotypes being dismantled as students got to learn from students in other …

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What did students learn from TECHO?

After our build and some much needed rest, I regrouped with students from the TECHO to debrief, reflect and plan. I'm excited about the plans for our new TECHO club at ASFG, fundraising possibilities and most of all, the energy that the students brought back with them. Here is a snapshot of what students learned, …

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What does Tinkering have to do with English class?

Recently I had the pleasure of listening to Gever Tulley deliver the keynote at the American School Foundation of Monterrey Live Curious Go Beyond Conference. Tulley is the founder of Brightworks and the Tinkering School in San Francisco as well as the author of 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do). On an …

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