Rethinking Writing Assignments in an Online Classroom Environment

I’m just going to say it. It is unrealistic and unnecessary to assign full essays in an online environment. You do not need that stress of grading, and it may not be the best way for students to learn. I stopped assigning full essays in my classroom 3 years ago. I always told students, we…

Breaking Down Foundational Documents To Make Them More Manageable in an Online World

The AP Government curriculum has nine foundational documents, all of which I’ve written about at some point. Federalist No. 10 Brutus No. 1 The Declaration of Independence The Articles of Confederation The Constitution of the United States (Including the Bill of Rights and following Amendments) Federalist 51 Letter from Birmingham Jail Federalist No. 70 Federalist…

Tips for Reducing Burn Out For Teachers

Listen to my podcast interview about this topic! Burnout is a topic for every year, but especially this year, with everything being new and uncertain. I’ve written about my reflections on remote teaching. I have been working with teachers all summer and listening to teachers, as well as brainstorming. If we are honest here, it’s…

Student Lead Projects and the Hamilton Mix-Tape

In 2016, my whole life changed. We had a class in our school called Creative Musicianship, and the teacher was a like-minded educator who loved to take risks and was on board with anything that allowed students to express themselves.

Focus on the Outcomes

I received an email this morning that I needed to choose my daughter’s mode of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year by July 10th. (Arizona starts early and the district is on a modified year-round schedule). I froze. Like me, most people are going into this next school year wondering what in the hell they…