Archived Confederate Postal History Reflects an Ideology of Nationalism

Archived Confederate Postal History Reflects an Ideology of Nationalism

My passion of philately for over fifty years has led to me to this engaging endeavor.  An inheritance of a splendid collection of pre-WWII Japanese postage bequeathed to me during childhood initialized my curiosity and spirit of inquiry about collecting which I now consider my own archive. Upon completing this course, I have gained a…

Adding EdTech to Your Classroom? 3 Non-Negotiable “Old School” Components to Include in Every Lesson

Adding EdTech to Your Classroom? 3 Non-Negotiable “Old School” Components to Include in Every Lesson

Educational technology: it’s the hottest movement out there in education, and has been for some time. In fact, there seems to be a rather non-discriminating admiration for anything edtech among many teachers today. You can’t open an educational journal, print or online, without being bombarded with ads and articles extolling the virtues of the “latest…

Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Every year for the past twenty the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team (STA EVT) has built a new vehicle from the ground up to give our students the best engineering experience a high-schooler can get. The internationally recognized program started in 1997. My fellow moderator Mark Westlake and I believe in the importance of…

Utilize Your Students and Surveys to Measure Your Teaching Effectiveness

Utilize Your Students and Surveys to Measure Your Teaching Effectiveness

A teacher’s stakeholders’ satisfaction with their course is an important measure of instructional effectiveness that is too often overlooked or outright ignored. Of course, it’s absurd to hope to satisfy every young adult’s needs and wants equally throughout an academic year, but to endeavor to do so seems a requisite to respecting student voice in…

Progress Tests… Are They Reliable?

Progress Tests… Are They Reliable?

I recently had a small administrative problem with an institution I sometimes teach for, that ultimately made me realize for the first time why I feel uncomfortable with the term “Progress Test”. For some time now, I have generally avoided using the term Progress Test, favoring instead something more general like “Midterm” or “Module/Unit Assessment”,…

The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

When I was seven-years-old we moved from the United States to Switzerland because of my father’s job. I was born in Brazil, but having left it just two years old, I didn’t really know anything other than the U.S. I didn’t even realize I was Italian, not American. From the moment we stepped off that…

Discipline Outdoes Talent—Here’s How

Discipline Outdoes Talent—Here’s How

F. One simple letter. The grade we never want to have to give. Are some students simply doomed to low marks forever? Can their brains only struggle to deliver D-level work? Why do some students sail through courses, while others struggle? While elements such as intelligence, aptitude, and memory play a role, surprisingly, something else…

3 Quick Tips to Build Staff and Teacher Trust

3 Quick Tips to Build Staff and Teacher Trust

As a new principal managing your way through your first year, you should have one main goal: Building your credibility as the school leader. The quickest way to do this is not through regaling the staff with the high points of your resume. They care little about that. They want to know they can believe in you….

Using Swift Playgrounds to Collaboratively and Creatively Code

Using Swift Playgrounds to Collaboratively and Creatively Code

“Leadership is needed for problems that do not have easy answers” (Fullen, 2007, p.2). Numeracy and literacy for the priority learners is one of the main problems I have identified in our Community of Learning (CoL). This is a massive problem faced by educators worldwide and has had teachers scratching their heads for decades. As…

The Secret of Team Allocation in a Flipped Classroom Environment

The Secret of Team Allocation in a Flipped Classroom Environment

In a flipped-classroom, blended learning environment with team-based learning it is important to consider the formation of students teams. For students who are first year undergraduate students, freshmen, it can be a much longer and more difficult task to form teams of their own. First year students do not tend to know other students well…

Got Calm? 3 Tech Tools That Make it Easy for Educators to Try Mindfulness

Got Calm? 3 Tech Tools That Make it Easy for Educators to Try Mindfulness

Mindfulness, defined simply, is the act of being aware of your thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment. Mindfulness is a trendy topic in education because it’s been shown to have numerous social-emotional and cognitive benefits for kids. And in addition to the growing body of academic research, many educators and parents find mindfulness…

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