If you want to use TEDTalks in your classroom but aren’t sure how to make them work, help has arrived! Continue reading

When Norman Ollestad was 11 years old, he was the sole survivor of a Cessna airplane crash in the mountains north of Los Angeles. Last week, one of my freshmen finished Ollestad’s memoir, Crazy for the Storm, and was so enthusiastic during our SSR book talk that I felt compelled to research Ollestad and find […]

Last week, Stanford researchers released a “bleak” report showing that more than 80 percent of students can’t determine the difference between real and fake news. (Alas, it seems this is something adults struggle with, as well.)

The severity of students’ lack of media literacy was shocking to the study’s authors who were “taken aback by students’ lack of preparation…Many assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally savvy about what they find there. Our work shows the opposite.”

What to do about this? I’m going to start by Continue reading

As I’ve mentioned before, last year’s classes devoured my three sets of Brain Teasers during our Quarter Trio competitions, so building a fourth batch was high on my summer “to do” list. Happily, the latest set is now complete. So…wanna play? Continue reading

(Or, Why the STEM Kids Need Our Classes) An item on my news crawl this week confirmed what we all already know – businesses are looking to hire a legion of engineers and accountants. (Apparently, the nation also needs an army of educators to fill our current shortage, but this specific article didn’t get into […]

This post is part of an occasional series documenting my entry into project-based learning. This semester, my students will participate in a 20Time project, a 12-week experience where they choose a worthwhile project to complete (somewhat) on their own using 20 percent of our class time. You can read more about the path that led to […]

As every English teacher knows, dystopian young adult literature is on fire. Hunger Games. The Maze Runner. Divergent. Matched. Uglies. Unwind. Even older titles, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game (1985) and Lois Lowry’s The Giver (1993), have recently been turned into films, as producers have chosen to strike while the dystopian box office iron is […]