SCREW THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (SM)! It’s all about the Engineering Design Process (EDP) now according to the NGSS. Despite having taught the SM for over a decade, I’m actually okay with this shift. The way I see it, the SM is the first half of the EDP. We use the scientific method to figure out the answer to […]Read More
Why, When, & Where You Should Transfer
Why & When From Fall of 2004 until Summer of 2018, I had spent my entire career at the same middle school. But, for the 2018-2019 year, I held my breath, took the plunge, and transferred to Colton Middle School (CMS). I was very sad to make the move. I didn’t want to leave my school. […]Read More
What’s Gonna Work? TEAMWORK!!!
I kid you not, I really do sing this song to my 7th and 8th graders. Don’t even get me started on what I sing when the class phone rings. Getting my students to work well together in groups has always been hit-or-miss for me. When it’s time to collaborate and cooperate, many of the […]Read More
Don’t Make the 1st Days of School BORING-A$$-S**T!
Back when I was a widdle boy starting my career in 2004, I spent my first day with students telling them a super ultra fast spiel on who I was (name, age, ethnicity, etc), what they’ll be learning, and how much fun we were going to have. Immediately afterwards, I spent the rest of the […]Read More