debrief: Project Citizen & infographics

As my classroom moves into a new project, there are quite a number of proud moments that are worth sharing.  First, I’ve got to give credit to the kids who put together some great research binders.  Many were really engaged during my workshops on how to make relevant graphs in Word, and it certainly showed Read More …

being like-minded in education (translation: why I’ve become a New Tech fanboy)

Today, I was asked by an Illinois State Board of Education member about my pre-teaching experiences and about how relationships can be better built between future teachers and their cooperating teachers in the field.  (And that was the first question I got during a working lunch where a panel of teachers answered questions for ISBE Read More …

watching humble sophomores interview an acclaimed author/producer = my #eduwin

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness projectLast week, I helped to facilitate (note: not “teach”) a great #eduwin that was celebrated more by my students than by me as an educator.  After now weeks of working on our gangs awareness / My Bloody Life project, arrangements were finalized Read More …

DvNT sophomores’ first steps to student empowerment: bringing The Interrupters to town

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness projectThis was no regular meeting with the principal.  I had a yellow legal pad and was trying to keep up with the sparks of fresh ideas or next steps.  Proposals, artifacts and research passed across the big desk.  Impacts on the Read More …