I am a Better High School Teacher Because I Taught Middle School First

For the first four years of my career, I taught middle school. When you tell people you teach middle school, they often respond with a sour look, and a “wow, that must be so difficult.” And, at times, it was difficult. Of course, they should also know that middle school is arguably the toughest timeContinue reading “I am a Better High School Teacher Because I Taught Middle School First”

Project Management: Help Ticket System

One of the marks of a 21st Century Classroom is project-based learning (PBL). One of the oft-overlooked requirements of PBL is student-driven selection of their guiding question and/or how they’ll solve the problem. Make no mistake: it is absolutely easier to manage all students working on the exact same project. It’s easier to pace theContinue reading “Project Management: Help Ticket System”

Growth Mindset & Grading

Grading is one of my least favorite parts of teaching. It’s funny, because growing up, I always loved when teachers let us grade each other’s papers. It was kind of fun, getting to wield a red pen and assign points to peers. Now on the other side, I find myself frustrated with a system inContinue reading “Growth Mindset & Grading”