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  Eric Sargent has an unenviable job, from a certain perspective.  He has a range of learners to reach, teaching classic literature to restless freshmen and honors seniors, and Walt Whitman and Herman Mehlville aren’t exactly writers who call to the teenage boy. But from another lens, and one that […]

Voicing Literature: Engaging 21st Century Learners Through 19th Century Literature


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It has been such a great year of meeting so many people involved in bringing Makerspaces and Maker experiences to students around St. Louis. I’m trying to wrap my head around the variety of places and people building this Maker culture for K12 kids in my hometown. Would you be […]

Maker Culture in #STL – a mapping project


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In January and February, I have had the privilege of working with youth librarians of the St. Louis County Library system around the topic of Makerspaces.  Agendas and resources can be found below: January 8, 2015 What is a makerspace? What’s currently happening at SLCL in terms of Maker culture? […]

Makerspaces in Public Libraries



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Young men in Chemistry class now enjoy one of teacher Nick Kheriaty’s favorite labs — one he’s been meaning to teach for years.  Math teacher Will Thomas sees more thinking, more collaborative conversation, more hard work in ACC Algebra.  Freshmen in Jillian Hoge’s classes practice pig grunts — laughing and […]

Flipping Instruction – Best Practices from Vianney Teachers


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  Dawn Finley was looking for a way to hook her Junior Honors English students into early American literature.  Certainly students could read the book, take the typical quiz, and then discuss with one another, but Dawn was hoping for something more.  She was hoping for students to care about […]

Debating Twain: Arguing with Literature


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This January, our faculty began a work of understanding data we regularly collect in order to strengthen student skills and evaluate our curricula.  Myself, two math teachers, and our head of guidance put the following presentation together to lead a 1-hour development that will set the tone for further work […]

Digesting Data – moving toward meaningful conversations around the ACT



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In the last three years, adoption of wearable fitness technology has exploded.  According to the Consumer Electronics Association, adoption rate tripled from 2012 to 2013 and wearable fitness exhibitor numbers at the International Consumer Electronics Show (one of the world’s premiere technology showcases) increased by at least 30%. One of the […]

Making Effort Visible: Wearable Tech in PE Class


Over the past few months, I have been reading a trilogy written for those looking to design or aid in the design of online courses or blended learning experiences. Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning, edited by Atsusi “2c” Hirumi and published by ISTE, consists of the following titles: […]

Trends and Technologies: A Review


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Over the past few months, I have been reading a trilogy written for those looking to design or aid in the design of online courses or blended learning experiences. Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning, edited by Atsusi “2c” Hirumi and published by ISTE, consists of the following titles: […]

Designs in Action: A review



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Over the past few months, I have been reading a trilogy written for those looking to design or aid in the design of online courses or blended learning experiences.  Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning, edited by Atsusi “2c” Hirumi and published by ISTE, consists of the following titles: Design Fundamentals, Designs in […]

Design Fundamentals: A Review