Monthly Archives: March 2012

Why I Teach: The Importance of Teachers and the Zombie Apocalypse

Part of my inspiration for being a teacher is that I believe I can stave off the Zombie Apocalypse (or Zombocalypse as a friend offered). Not single-handedly, mind you. My occasional delusions of grandeur are never quite so grand. I … Continue reading

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My Idea: Making Teacher Prep More Like Scrubs

Imagine if Teacher Prep programs were more like the hit TV Show Scrubs! While I have been accused of having ridiculous fantasies, I actually think this idea has some merit. I mean, doctors have “Teaching Hospitals” (as seen on ER, … Continue reading

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Connecting Lessons to Common Core: Enlightenment – Declaration of Independence

As I said before, my Social Studies department is meeting next week to discuss activities and lessons that align with the Common Core Standards for History/Social Studies. As I am a fairly new teacher, I am using this as an … Continue reading

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Connecting Lessons to Common Core: A Missed Opportunity

In a few weeks, I am sitting down with my Social Studies department to discuss the Common Core standards for History/Social Studies and identify lessons and activities that meet them. The idea of this meeting really excites me because I … Continue reading

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Personalizing History: The Industrial Revolution

As a review of the Industrial Revolution, I wanted my students to interact with the text, rather than simply regurgitating it. I decided to have my students take on the persona of someone who’s life was turned upside down due … Continue reading

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Book Review – World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks Let me start off by declaring my complete and utter hatred of zombies. Zombies are shortsighted cannibals who turn their victims into zombies. I will never understand … Continue reading

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The West Wing Model: A Reflection on Teaching and the Role of the Teacher in the Classroom

Below is an adapted response to a question from my PLP (Powerful Learning Practices) coach on the question “What did you learn this week?”. We had vacation last week and I spent a great deal of time watching the hit … Continue reading

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