For the past five years I’ve had the opportunity to teach and learn from a great group of young people from John Glenn High School and Franklin Middle School within the Wayne-Westland Community School District. Here I’ve taught courses on how governments work (civics), how money is spent affects people’s lives (economics), …Continue Reading
Music and I go way back. Many of my sharpest memories are indelibly linked to the soundtrack that accompanied them. Listening to ZZ Top reminds me of road trips with my Mom, Frank Sinatra reminds me of slow days at the lake with my grandparents, 2pac reminds me of high …Continue Reading
As of the creation of this post, my role in education is that of a social studies teacher in a face-to-face environment. As a companion to my course(s), I construct classroom websites that serve as my learning management system (LMS), where students can engage in activities directly within the digital …Continue Reading
Because we utilize web resources at a very high level in my courses, it is important that students develop critical web literacy skills that will help them to differentiate between credible and unreliable sources. P-CITeS: A Framework for Critical Online Reading P-CITeS teaches five essential skills for becoming a more critical reader …Continue Reading
I provided my kids with podcast/audio streams to help them read primary and secondary sources, click the image below or hit it here to view an example module. My colleagues and I are still wrapping our head around what Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments “look” like in our social studies classrooms. …Continue Reading
I’m really big on note taking strategies that allow students to decide what is important and be as creative as possible in the process. It may be purely semantics, but when I see the phrase ‘taking notes’ I think of writing down someone else’s ideas, verbatim, in the same form and structure that …Continue Reading
I am a teacher, learner, and technology enthusiast teaching social studies in Westland, MI. This is a collection of artifacts that show where I've been, what I'm currently working on, and what I hope to accomplish in the future as an educator. Thank you for exploring!