The Art of Teaching

So in my previous post I asked the question of what makes a great teacher.  I think the answer should start with a discussion about teaching as  science or an art.  A friend of mine told me a while ago that teaching is no longer an art.  He said that research has enabled teaching to…

Can You Really Teach?

I attended a class at my local hospital last night about child birth.  By wife and I are going to have a new baby boy soon and we signed up for classes that are supposed to prepare you for the process.  The first night was three hours long.  After about 15 minutes I wanted to…

Do We Need That?

Think about all of the layers involved with educating a child.  We have the federal government, state government, local government, school boards, and the list goes on.  At the district level there are business mangers, curriculum directors, superintendents, directors of building and grounds, transportation directors, and food service directors. I could continue but I hope…

ISTE 2015

I will be presenting at the 2015 ISTE conference in Philadelphia on Monday, June 29th.  The title of my session is Creating an Animated Whiteboard Video.  I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to share my ideas with so many people. This session is related to the whiteboard project that I explain on this page.

Collaboration

Collaboration between teachers at the high school level is difficult.  A concept I am extremely interested in is integrated curriculum.  However, the philosophy is a dramatic departure from traditional course and curriculum design and the structure of most high schools makes it extremely difficult to implement.  The structure of most high schools also makes it…

Change One Small Thing

The advice to teachers of taking one little tip and applying it to their class structure is often given.  One little tip?  I understand the reasoning for this advice.  Teachers are entrenched in what they do and change is difficult for everyone.  But if we rely on the strategy of changing one little thing then…