Our Curriculum Needs a Super Bowl

It is the weekend of the big game, and its finally here!  The entire season has been leading up to this point.  All of those long hours watching the preseason, regular season, and playoffs will finally going pay off with the big game.  All of the analyzing, preparation, and reflecting is over.  The time is now, this is the weekend! Just like football fans look forward to the big game each and every season, we, as teachers, can build to that same crescendo each year in our classroom. The crescendo that we build to can take on many different forms…

Reformation 500

Our Pastor “nailing” the 95 theses on the church door for our students in preparation for Reformation weekend.  

In the Heart of Harvey: Destruction Creates Hope

As of the last measurement, Friendswood, Texas has received 49.23 inches of rain during the deluge of Hurricane Harvey.  As many of your are aware, this has caused massive flooding in the Friendswood area and throughout Houston.  The creeks, our natural drainage system in Friendswood, are all at record flood stage.  Over 30% of the city’s homes are under water, and that number could continue to rise.  Parts of the city are totally cut off from emergency services.  It is the definition of a disaster. Many other parts of Houston and the surrounding areas have lost everything.  As we speak,…

Bringing Literature & Writing to Life

Having a challenging time bringing some life to your literature and writing classes this last month of the school year? One of my favorite activities to use is a comic strip creator available through PC, Apple, or Android. We just created our own comics last week in literature class.  The students created their own graphic novel written in the style of the popular thriller series, Goosebumps.  The students loved it, and it has caused some of them to delve into the series further. Check out this handy graphic organizer, and start your students on their own comic today!

An Encouragement for the Month of May

It’s May!  How did that happen 🙂  It often surprises me how quick the end of the school year comes up as we prepare for the last month of school and into summer. Often, the month of May is the most challenging month of the school year.  Typically, this has nothing to do with the material covered.  It is more to do with the temptations that come along with the last month of the school year.  The temptation, as a student, to slack off, to rush through assignments, or to simply give up. These challenges remind me of the following quote……

Creativity = Growth

The latest ad I’m working on promoting the importance of creativity in education.  A great read on this topic is Dr. Ken Robinson.  You can check out his passionate TED talk on the subject on YouTube. Creativity Ad