Cyber Bully

In our media driven world, our online presence can take a different persona than the one we use in day-to-day life. It’s still a close part of who we are though. It’s still personal. And it happens all the time these days. I’ve had many children come and tell me that someone said something awful…

Using the Story Spine

I’m trying out the Story Spine created by Kenn Adams a couple of decades ago. It’s a brief layout of the traditional three-part story arc – pity, fear, and catharsis. My Story Spine is for the KQED Teach program and I’ve used a novel I wrote because I wanted to see if I was creating a…

KQED Teach Collage

Take a look at my collage for the KQED Teach program. It’s telling a story. What do you think the story is?

Summertime Family Time

Hope everyone is spending lots of time loving on their families. All families, any families, whatever family you have. 

The Haunting Effects of Racial Bigotry

I usually listen to NPR talk radio on the way to work every morning and on Fridays there’s always a special segment called Story Time. It’s wonderful because it’s real, it’s human. People share the good, the bad, the inspirational, the devastating, and the curious stories about themselves, their relatives, their friends and coworkers, etc….

Not Using Growth Mindset… yet

Growth Mindset is the buzz all around my district, and I’m guessing many public schools. Heck, maybe Growth Mindset is being discussed in lofty conference rooms with people wearing suits that cost as much as a teacher makes in a month (that’s a pretty cheap suit!). It’s on everyone’s mind, it’s what you can guarantee…

Technology Seems Hard Sometimes

As much as I may try and be prepared with questions and issues that will arise, the powers that be somehow find a way to confuse me. The first day of Summer School 2017 is already expected to be a whirlwind for us educators. Whatever problems arise during the regular school year are quadrupled because…

Professional Development is Super Cool

It is, it really is. I’m not kidding. Ok. I get it. PD can be boring. There’s so much information, eyes are glossing over and saliva is dripping out of open mouths after what seems like eternity when it’s only been half an hour. That’s ok. There are plenty of benefits to PD, it’s almost…

Hatchet Dioramas *Redo

Students have been working on Hatchet Dioramas for a few weeks now and the results are amazing. Hatchet is a novel about a boy whose plane goes down in the Canadian wilderness and he learns to survive for 54 days before finally being rescued. Students were asked to choose any scene from the novel and…

Evil Hat for the Win!!! *Redo

Holy Moly! When I started “Reaching Out” I never expected to get such a generous donation. Evil Hat has come through, their box arrived today. They donated two Fate Core Systems books, about a dozen Fate Accelerated handbooks, Evil Hat games run on a RPG game function or platform called “Fate Core” and once you’ve…