Final Project: American Wars and the Just War Theory

I didn’t think that I would find a classroom to teach in within Seminole County, Florida. After many visits to the Seminole County Board of Education and emails sent to charter and private schools, I ended up at a charter middle school, Galileo School for Gifted Learning, Sanford, Florida. I planned and taught a 8th…

Community Engagement

Sustaining community engagement was my greatest challenge over the whole COETAIL course. I really had to change from a ‘Lurker’ to a ‘Connector’. I agonized about how to tweet, what to tweet, and what hashtags to use. After a year and four COETAIL courses, I still worry about what hashtags to use but tweeting and…

Recent Technology Junkie Trying to Sober up

I never thought I could be a technology junkie! But over the last week I have spent every spare moment on Twitter and Feedly to research educational apps. I spend hours on my laptop researching… There is a high that I get! I want to check out everything that everyone is posting about what apps…

Coronavirus Forever Changes Education

Two weeks ago I was going in to teach 8th grade US History as a co-teacher (guest teacher) at a charter middle school in Florida. Spring break was about to begin and I still had a week left of the unit on ‘Just Wars’ that I am teaching. I had no idea that within a…

Chronicles of a Guest Teacher

My biggest challenges while designing and teaching Course 5 of COETAIL has been first, not knowing the students personally and second, working with students who do not have the work ethics that I would expect my own class to have by Spring. LACK OF PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS I learned the host 8th grade students’ learning styles,…

The ‘best’ teacher… what is it?

So, I am back in the US again after being away for 5 years in Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi I was taught Social Studies and English (later Humanities) at American Consulate school in Dhahran (Dhahran Elementary Middle School). In those 5 years, I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade with a challenging but mentally…

Quality Education for All….

I came back to Florida, US during this summer to face a roller coaster of emotions. We toured the Florida public schools which were all a huge change from the international school Dhahran Elementary Middle School in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia where I taught for 5 years. It was a shock. I have looked at schools…

Final Project Options

Option 1 : ‘Citizenship’ taught through Design Thinking Essential Questions to Launch Inquiry: How do you become a US citizen? What responsibilities do you have as a US citizen? Why do people want to become US citizens? I will be using the LAUNCH cycle by John Spencer to start the design thinking project blended with…

Deep Learning Practices

This was a week filled with diverse readings on learning and assessment strategies with a common thread of deeper immersion for student learning. It was also a slap on the hand for the teacher who interferes, interjects or influences the process too much (myself, many times). The readings have strategized ways to achieve deeper learning…

New Pedagogies and Shifts in Teaching

Am I ‘ashamed’ or ‘guilty’ of having made a mistake recently in my planning for 8th grade Social Studies recently? I think I am ‘guilty’ of not thinking coherently or clearly enough what the objective of this exit ticket to the unit on ‘Conflicts Within Nations’ was. I used Flipgrid to record individual reflections of…