Category: Teaching

The Great American School Experience: Hide In The Closet, Stay Quiet, and Hope Not To Die


They were still bagging up bodies at Stoneman Douglas High School when my 9 year old daughter told me her plan. “We would hide in the closet.” “Really? That’s all?” “Yes, teacher told us that if there is an intruder we are to hide in the closet and stay quiet.” I didn’t tell her that […]

Using Your Pain to Tell Your Story: When Students Teach Teachers


This week’s post is a slight detour from my month-long research and writing about chronic illness.  Next week will be the final installment on chronic illness. Even though Dina, the girl who always wore sleeves, has been a student in my class since September, I really meet her for the first time last week on a […]

Let’s Take a Look at My 11th Grade Report Card


On a recent cleaning binge, my mom found my 11th grade report card stuffed in a file box along with old writings, homework assignments and a certificate announcing that I had passed Drivers Education class in August of 1997. I’m 37 years old, and a high school teacher now, and everyday I witness the enormous […]

Asking Good Questions: Why Teachers Should Listen to the Tim Ferriss Show


I always thought I was going be a 9th grade teacher. At that age…14, 15… there seems to be a lot of important forks in the road.–Tim Ferriss from Podcast #255 How to Turn Failure into Success  Tim Ferriss is an entrepreneur, writer, angel investor and podcaster extraordinaire. A human dynamo with a child-like curiously […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Tell a Story on the First Day of School


In 8 Reasons How To Be A More Interesting Teacher This Year I explained stories are how I often communicate complex concepts to my students and how stories help heighten student engagement. With that being said, there is no better school day than the first day to engage students with a story. Here are five […]

8 Simple Ways To Be A More Interesting Teacher This School Year


As a teacher, I want to be interesting. I want my students to want to be in my class. In fact, my philosophy of education has always been rooted in a line from Billy Joel’s Piano Man: Cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been coming to see               […]

Another Successful College Essay Writing Camp!


  During the week of July 17th, I facilitated the Write on Fight on College Essay Camp for a great group of rising 12th grade students. Throughout the week we learned: Why writers should brainstorm like Vin Diesel… Fast &Furious Why, as writers, should always create more content then we actually need How to destroy […]

They Once Called Me Coach


Last Wednesday, after a late afternoon thunderstorm wiped the sky of its dark imperfections,  I stood before the Robbinsville High School graduating class and delivered the commencement address I entitled “Trust Your Change.” Later the night, while enjoying a well deserved post-graduation beverage, a colleague asked me how long I’d been working on the speech. […]

“Trust Your Change.” My Commencement Address at the Robbinsville High School Graduation


On June 21, 2017 I was fortunate enough to deliver the commencement address at the Robbinsville High School graduation. Over 2,000 people were in attendance.  Below is the audio and transcript of my speech.  (Note–Due to rain, the ceremony was delayed 30 minutes.) Transcript: Introduction (or my attempt to get the crowd to listen) First […]

The 2017 Write on Fight on Scholarship Winners


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