Using Comics to Teach History

In the wake of New York Comic Con, I am examining the use of comics in education. You can see the whole series. Previously I discussed the number of ways you can begin Educating Through Graphic Novels and the benefits for bringing them into your classroom. For example, Manga Classics have versions of Huckleberry Finn and Great … Continue reading Using Comics to Teach History

Social Justice Learning With the X-Men and Other Graphic Novels

In the wake of New York Comic Con, I am examining the use of comics in education. You can see the whole series, begin Educating Through Graphic Novels, or Using Comics to Teach History. One of the main reasons I always enjoyed the X-Men was because they (like Spider-Man as well) were outcasts to the world they … Continue reading Social Justice Learning With the X-Men and Other Graphic Novels

Educating Through Graphic Novels

In the wake of New York Comic Con, I am examining the use of comics in education. You can see the whole series. This past weekend was New York ComicCon, and, being the consummate geeks that we are, my sons and I had a wonderful time. Yes, I enjoy the videos games, sci-fi movies, and … Continue reading Educating Through Graphic Novels

Yanny or Laurel: Pop Culture in the Classroom and the Science of Sound

I’m sure you’ve all seen the video by now (in case you haven’t it’s below) and you all have formed strong opinions about this ridiculous meme. Many might think it was already ruined when the White House put out an explanation of it in the way that Facebook is no longer cool when your parents join … Continue reading Yanny or Laurel: Pop Culture in the Classroom and the Science of Sound

What Makes a Good Teacher – 20 Keys to Effective Instruction

Personal History of Learning For a large portion of my life, I wanted to be anything but a teacher. I still functioned in teacher-like roles (children’s theatre, coaching a company team, etc.), but I ignored that in my blind aversion towards education. I ran away from teaching for many years. Part of it was I … Continue reading What Makes a Good Teacher – 20 Keys to Effective Instruction

The Problem With Kids Today Is…

Expectations What do you expect to finish that sentence? Should we blame violent movies and video games, that ‘misogynistic hip-hop music’, poverty, the lack of discipline, selfishness, cell phones and the internet, or just good old-fashioned godless heathenism? Is there any truth to any of that or does it just ‘feel right’ compared to our … Continue reading The Problem With Kids Today Is…

Disability And Pop Culture

Lack of Representation Seriously, what is the purpose of that photograph? There were several other stock photos of that same girl, and in one she’s standing on the chair. What scenario could call for that photo? Is it a ‘look I’ve triumphantly overcome my disability and am at long last able to be a sexy, … Continue reading Disability And Pop Culture

8 Tools For Visual Learners (and Others Too)

Multimodal Learning Lectures may work for some students on some topics, but many others need to connect to content differently for it to be meaningful. That might mean using accessibility tools to help struggling learners, engaging reluctant students through game-based learning, or challenging students to think critically through project-based learning. You don’t have to completely … Continue reading 8 Tools For Visual Learners (and Others Too)

Is More Tech The Answer? Questions Of Morality, Effectiveness, and the Role of Teachers and Technology in Learning

See more about the role of EdTech 16 Keys to Successfully Implementing Technology In Classrooms. Whether it’s being slaughtered by clones or robots from the future, science fiction has clearly indicated that new technology is something to be approached with fear and trepidation. Even if it’s not our imminent death, we should fear it for its … Continue reading Is More Tech The Answer? Questions Of Morality, Effectiveness, and the Role of Teachers and Technology in Learning