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Year One, Term One: Reflection

After ten years at Explorer West, in Seattle, I transitioned my teaching career in one of the most drastic ways possible. I left a secure teaching position - one where I knew the ins and outs of each day - one where I knew the faculty and the community exceptionally well - and I took … Continue reading Year One, Term One: Reflection

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Robot invasion! (Change what we teach)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHt-5-RyrJk How do we teach for the future? When robots will be more intelligent than humans? What qualities must we educators seek to define and cultivate in our students? Creativity is key. This is something that robots can only simulate. Jack Ma has several other keys to teaching for the future. I for one appreciated … Continue reading Robot invasion! (Change what we teach)

Teaching beyond Facts…

What does teaching beyond facts mean? I recently read a fascinating article on soft and hard skills in the 21st century. Here is a summary of the article from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.   The school system that most adults today grew up with should not be in the classroom of today. … Continue reading Teaching beyond Facts…

Youth Theater Needs Lessons – not simply games

I've been working in the field of youth theater for the past decade. I find that when it comes to training acting skills and getting specific with young actors about the skills they are learning such as voice, speech, physicality, using objectives, and general analysis of a character plot and given circumstances, Drama games do … Continue reading Youth Theater Needs Lessons – not simply games

A Case for Playwriting and Supporting Standards in Education

What are standards in education? Briefly, standards are agreed upon learning points in specific disciplines that are specific to a grade level and the skills that the average student in that grade should acquire. Standards can be found in every content area from English and Math to Physical Education and Theatre Arts. There are different … Continue reading A Case for Playwriting and Supporting Standards in Education

Three Tiers of Words: Three Reading Strategies: Increased Personalization and Understanding

At the heart of great teaching is differentiation; this teaching tactic of differentiation inside of the teaching content area applies to language acquisition, stages of language, and academic language development; this work will help students across multiple content areas (P2). In researching this teaching topic area, I reflected on two effective techniques for teaching academic … Continue reading Three Tiers of Words: Three Reading Strategies: Increased Personalization and Understanding