Around here, mid-January means prepping for 20Time, a spring semester project-based learning experience designed to bring real-world application to English/language arts classroom skills. Basically, students are given 20 percent of class time for 12 weeks to work on a passion project that they choose and their peers approve. (Click here for a free set of 20Time teaching materials.)

Over winter break, Colleen*, a 20Time first-timer, reached out via email with a few questions. With her permission, I’m sharing our conversation, which might help other folks as they set their plan. Continue reading

Let’s get 2020 started with a free print-and-teach worksheet designed to increase student motivation and help our teens think meaningfully about literature. Continue reading

I’m humming Bon Jovi this week because oh-ohhh-we’re halfway there! The 36-week school year experiments continues to slog roll along and I’m exhausted relieved to hit this milepost. This week’s offerings: Continue reading

I’m getting back into the post-Thanksgiving break swing of things around here with three new videos over on the YouTube channel: Continue reading

Marriage is a blessing, proclaims Anne Bradstreet.
Marriage is a curse, warns Lady Mary Chudleigh.
Ladies, take your corners because it’s time to get ready to rum-b-l-e! Continue reading

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! My belly is full and my heart is grateful as I count my blessings which includes you, blog friend. This week of vacation, I baked a pumpkin pie (hubs does all of the real cooking around here), avoided crazy Black Friday shopping lines, and made three more videos: Continue reading

A slight shift provided a huge breath of relief this week over on the YouTube channel. Thanks for sticking with me during this weird year-long video experiment. Continue reading