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Teacher Development. Keep it Simple Stupid!

Sibme has been in the works now for a couple of years, and has been entirely self-funded.  Just like building a great school or becoming a great teacher, building Sibme has been a total team effort.   We couldn’t have done it without hard core technologists and a...

Habitual Teaching

In my 11th grade AP Euro course, each class would begin with an oral review of the previous nights’ reading. I had my notebook open to pages of outlined facts as I waited anxiously for Mr. Hoffman to call on me. Clipboard in hand, he paced the room methodically and...

The Power of Affection

I love Cesar Millan. Even before I adopted my dog, Orbit, I was a devoted Dog Whisperer aficionado. If you’ve never seen his show, stop reading and go find it on Netflix or Amazon. Basically, Cesar takes out-of-control dogs, and flips them into well-behaved household...

A lesson in life – step into my office…you’re fired!

A few years back, I wanted to develop a student project in my senior economics classes that truly embodied a multidisciplinary approach to learning. I wanted a project that would demonstrate all the skills students had developed throughout their 13+ years of...

How about teacher development before evaluation?

Speaking at an education conference a few weeks ago, Chancellor Dennis Walcott (of the NYC Department of Education) said, “I believe that children have an unlimited capacity to learn.” I love attending education conferences. Aside from the amazing workshops (scored a...

Technology in schools doesn’t have to suck

I’ve been introduced to a lot of new technology throughout my teaching career. Usually, it’s sold as a silver bullet or quick-fix for the problems teachers and administrators face in schools. While Smart Boards, 360° cameras, and super-duper machine-learning software...

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