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Hours of Details=90 Seconds of Glory

By asking my students to bring literature to life in these 90-second videos, they learn teamwork and attention to detail in addition to the lessons of the actual story.

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Ahh Yeah! The Slow Jams Are Back

What do you get when you cross Jimmy Fallon with East Hall High School's innovative Studio 113 American Literature class? Another awesome "Slow Jam The Poem" lesson plan.

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Drop the Syllabus for a “No-Dis Day” on Day One

Here is my creative first day of school approach to introduce the classroom vision and guidelines while avoiding the usual coma-like state of boredom that renders students disengaged, disillusioned and disconcerted.

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Do You Know Me? The Voice of a Disgruntled Student in a Boring Class

“Ignited by the opportunity for creative expression and fueled by talent-based, intrinsic motivation, students will relentlessly pursue higher truths and knowledge to create lives replete with challenges, service, integrity, happiness, fulfillment, and success.” We can call this standard TSBR-US1 (“This Should Be...

6 months ago by

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Want Student Engagement? Stage It and Set the Hook

When I was a young adolescent, bass fishing excursions with my father were either the longest and most boring six hours of pointless casting or a crank-tastic time tied together by a lure, line, and learned lessons.

6 months ago by

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The nonprofit Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is the world's leading provider of K-12 resources and professional development for Project Based Learning (PBL). BIE believes all students can and should benefit from this transformational teaching method.

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1 Question, 1 Challenge, and 11 of the Best Teacher Gifts

What is the perfect teacher gift? Well, it may just be the culmination of many. Here are 11 that don't come as part of the holidays.

8 months ago by

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Opportunity: The Heart of Passion-Based Learning

I am forever grateful to these teachers for all they instilled in me, and these creative opportunities now constitute the very heart of one of my favorite projects offered to students in "Studio 113" -- The Crucible Passion-Based Contract. Here are some of the recent opportunities and the results.

9 months ago by