Move to the Middle

Recently, I wrote a little about a concept I’m playing around with called Highly Responsive Teaching. Basically, it is centered around the idea that the teacher “moves to the middle”. I first heard of this phrase in Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis, where they talk about being the link that connects people … Continue reading Move to the Middle


The Plan is Not to Plan

The school year is off and running, and I couldn’t be happier with my new batch of scientists. They are an eager bunch with a lot of great skills, and I cannot wait to see where they go. One of the things I find most fun about being a teacher is having to adapt to … Continue reading The Plan is Not to Plan

Creating a Culture

I often catch myself looking around my room and thinking, “This is awesome. This is exactly what it should be.” Granted, I don’t feel this way every day. There are definitely some rough patches and some whirlwind hours. The wonderful adolescents that I work with are bound to have a few not-so-wonderful days (both individually … Continue reading Creating a Culture

All in How You Frame It

In a recent conversation in my room, we talked about the connections between the students' language arts class and science class. We were on the cusp of a major project that has communication as its main objective (a skill that is very important to acquire for scientists of all ages). We started with the why … Continue reading All in How You Frame It

Get Out of the Way

Today, I took a moment out of each of my classes to stop and look around the room.  Everywhere, there was activity and discussion, invention and debate, as well as reflection and perseverance happening in droves.  Heads were focused on their work, hands were pointing or gesturing in explanation, and exclamations of excitement were happening … Continue reading Get Out of the Way