via GIPHY ESSENTIAL QUESTION (EQ): What lessons did Mr. Vo learn about getting in shape and staying in shape? Feel free to annotate this post. Please take notes in Cornell format. For most of my life, I’ve been overweight. I have never not had a belly. My tummy and I would be best friends if […]Read More
Thoughts AKA Posts
You Really Are The Worst, Brother.
So I just finished my fourth week of school at my new site, Colton Middle School. By the end of the second week, a couple of my students had already set themselves apart by showing up tardy multiple times, frequently wandering around class without permission, and incessant socializing. Also, they have previous records of fighting […]Read More
Introducing the Engineering Design Process
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