Then, while I’m teaching the rest of the students, I can allow these students to create their own independent projects, allowing them to do work that interests them. They can then insert the grades earned from these independent projects in place of other assignments that measure similar skills. On the other hand, if they don't earn A's on both the essay and test, I can explain to them (using data) why they need to pay attention and complete the assignments leading up to the test.
In high school, I was one of those students that had a hard time understanding how Calculus or Chemistry mattered in the “real world.” I knew I wanted to do something like psychology or education – not engineering or med... Continue Reading →
Guests will be able to provide feedback and gain insights so that the next iteration of the Cross Keys Freshman Academy will be even better than the first. This will also serve as an opportunity for prospective families to Cross Keys to understand more about “The CK Way” and the benefits that our school may bring to their student. More information will be available once the school year begins.
Every day that I’m out buying groceries or getting gas or grabbing a bite to eat, I run into one of my students or someone who knows me from the school I teach at, Cross Keys High School. I live... Continue Reading →
Recently I was selected to lead a professional development for the DeKalb Educators' Annual Conference 2016. The session was titled Authentic Learning: How to Facilitate Community Development Through Project-Based Learning. I'm sharing this because I received so much positive feedback from attendees who couldn't wait to get started with these types of projects in their classrooms, and I figured someone else out there might benefit from these ideas.
This isn’t because our testing schedule is poorly constructed (in fact, it’s actually quite organized thanks to our very thorough testing coordinator) – it’s because computer tests that take over 3 hours each are extremely difficult to administer without glitches, and the tests are too long.
When I think back over the course of this year, and all the work the students put in to The BuHi Project, I am amazed at how much we were able to accomplish. I have had several students make significant gains in reading. They’ve gone from a fifth-grade reading level (as assessed by the STAR Reader program) to an eighth-grade reading level – and in some cases even higher.
I’m trying to get out of the way to make sure that this is not about what I want to see, but that it is about what they would like to see. I’m trying to make sure that democracy is something that everyone has available to them, and of course, I’m trying to show them just why reading, writing, thinking, and speaking is important.