A Summer Reading Program You Won’t Regret

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sea-turtle/    When I started following ISTE 11 in my tweetdeck I instantly started seeing great tweets.  One of the first tweets I came across a retweet from Lucian Duma and it said that there was a google doc of essential blog posts for educators.  I looked through the list and decided that this was […]

Planning For Summer 2011 (More Work Than Play)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29788585@N00/3360908198/sizes/m/in/photostream/    While many teachers start planning their summer vacation trips and experiences when the school year ends, I like to plan on what I will be adding to my sea bag (to use a navy phrase).      There are many things I would like to accomplish, many things I want to learn, and […]

This is ALL it Takes to Create an EdCamp

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hakluyt/        The following items were accomplished in 5 to 10 hours over several days.  Feel free to use this template for your own edcamp.  My last blog post will also tell you my perceptions of what it takes to run a good edcamp.  It was written as I attended a very successful […]

Thoughts on my First Edcamp

http://www.flickr.com/photos/formulaphoto/225837921/sizes/m/in/photostream/       As I sat there in Plano Texas, (drinking coffee and eating some fruit provided by a sponsor), I had already decided that there was no reason why we couldn’t make this happen in Austin.  What follows are some observations I made during the day.   {Before I go any further, if you […]

Let’s Take It From The Top

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddjang/    So, it’s time to start setting up my plan for the summer rebirth of my teaching.  The beauty of being a teacher under the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) is that we have some great rubrics that identify what it is that is considered “Great Teaching.”      With Tap there are three areas […]

What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been, er, Gonna Be

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drhurn/16611738/sizes/m/in/photostream/      Not sure what I should think about this school year that is about to wrap up.  On first glance our school is finding itself with tons of offers to share what it is that we do.  We have hoards of people coming through learning about the way we do Project Based Learning […]

Nice Guys DO Finish Last

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_norris/      Being a military spouse always has it’s good and bad.      The good: moving every couple of  years to new places where you can reinvent yourself.  If you aren’t happy with who you are you can just wait until the next move.      The bad:  moving every couple of years […]

Some Small Geometry Lessons For Standardized Test Review

 by vladwtomescu      Three weeks ago we split up our freshmen engineering classes so that all geometry students went with one teacher and all of the algebra students went with me.              The goal:  to focus on math objectives that freshmen traditionally score low on in the state of Texas and […]

Do They Really Understand? (warning, this is whiny…)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/janicewagnon/3374037202/sizes/m/in/photostream/      Please don’t tell anyone but I’m supposed to be sitting by the pool sipping a margarita . Why?  Well because I’m a teacher.  You know, easiest job on the planet.  I only have to work 187 days a year and 5 hours a day.  Heck, that’s 935 hours a year.   I […]

How Do You Do PBL in a High School Math Class? (Part 1 of 2)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brucemckay/       When someone finds out I am a teacher at a New Tech school they always ask how hard it is to write projects.  When they then find out I teach algebra, geometry, and engineering in a New Tech school they ask “How do you do PBL in a math class?”  What’s funny is […]