Tag Archives: Critical thinking

Planning a WOW! Experience

Soon the hallways and classrooms will be bustling with the first day chaos of students returning to school.  Some kindergartners will be crying and clinging to their parents, and some parents will be crying and clinging to their kindergartners.  Elementary … Continue reading

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Twerking and other such delightful things that teachers are forced to deal with

When I first heard about and saw a little bit of you-know-who’s eye-popping performance at the Grammy’s, I inwardly groaned and cursed.  Because I knew that sooner or later, students would be peppering me with questions: Did I see it? … Continue reading

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Planning a WOW! Experience

Soon the hallways and classrooms will be bustling with the first day chaos of students returning to school.  Some kindergartners will be crying and clinging to their parents, and some parents will be crying and clinging to their kindergartners.  Elementary … Continue reading

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How to Build an Extraordinary Life: Farewell Address to the Grade 9s

The podcast below is the speech I gave to the Grade 9 class at their graduation on Friday, June 7, 2013.  It’s about 10 minutes long. I’m not sure of my speech flows all that smoothly or if it seems … Continue reading

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Schools, Students, and Hope. Just Another Feel-Good Emotion?

I recently read an article in the Washington Post about the Montgomery County school board measuring hope, student engagement, and well-being in its 2000 or so schools.  It is paying Gallup $900,000 over the next three years to help them do … Continue reading

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Am I voted off the Island? The results are in, and I’m about to find out.

Am I voted off the Island? The results are in, and I’m about to find out..

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Am I voted off the Island? The results are in, and I’m about to find out.

Finger poised over the mouse.  Breath on hold.  Prayer spoken silently.  This was the moment I had been both dreading and anticipating.  I was about to open the results of the survey I had sent out to all the junior … Continue reading

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Cursor and Curiouser Wrap Up: 3 Things I’ll Do Differently Next Time

Last Friday was the day my eighth and ninth grade students presented their projects, and they didn’t disappoint!  The projects were amazing and inspiring!  They ranged from pencil art to digital art to the Bermuda triangle to other galaxy systems … Continue reading

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Are you contributing to your student’s pessimistic outlook?

Pessimism, depression, optimism, resiliency.  Why is it that some children (and teenagers and adults) bounce back from hardships easily and others do not?  This is a question that I have been very curious about.  As a teacher, I need to … Continue reading

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Are there similes in science?

All our junior high LA, Social Studies, Science, and Math teachers have been devoting some instructional time to teaching interpreting figurative language.  This is part of our critical reading and thinking strategies.  I’ll be the first to admit, though, that … Continue reading

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