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Can Social Media be Used to Teach?

On November 14, 2018, Dr. Tony Wagner, educational theorist and proponent of critical thinking posted on his Twitter account, “Parents and teachers: how are we instilling a deep respect for ‘otherness’ to combat hate crimes in the future? Begins with teaching responsible use of social media. Kids are bullying one another far too often on

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All Students Have Computers, What Now?

When I first entered the world of teaching in 2000, scheduling time for the computer lab was a priority.  There was only one lab, bandwidth was small, and though the world-wide-web was larger than I could imagine, it was like the universe, ever expanding.  It was exciting to explore. Over the last 18 years, the

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What to do about Fortnite?

Speaking of the effects of being involved in a trend and its effects on  the teenage mind, New Yorker Linda Ihle offers, “It makes you feel like part of something larger…  You’re not by yourself. Individually, teenagers are isolated and worried and scared all the time of whether or not they’re doing the right things and

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Is it Okay to Teach About Suicide?

In the early months of 2018, I went to a brunch featuring a keynote address by Ryan Leaf who gained notoriety as an excellent college football player, a first-round NFL draft pick, and, according to many, one of the biggest busts in professional football history.  Besides being fans of football, we are both alumni of Washington

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If the Threat is Avoided, What Can We Teach?

In April 1999, I was a Junior at Washington State University and fully immersed in history and education classes on my way to achieving a goal I set in 10th grade, to be a history teacher and football coach.  I finished my morning classes, went to my room to rest before my afternoon classes, and

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Failure and Academic Relationships

One of my favorite experiences in teaching is when a student realizes what personal growth truly means.  Joel was in world history with me as a Sophomore, he failed the first semester.  During second semester he created a personal plan for success and breezed through the course.  Joel needed first semester to meet state requirements to

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Empowerment and Learning

When brainstorming about how to use empowerment as the basis of curriculum development it seemed like the only thing left to do was to put the pieces together on paper.  To me, the norms for empowering students to learn made sense.  My teaching experience and educational research led me to believe that no students wanted

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