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Embrace Your Inner “Teacher’s Pet”

I was invited to give the “keynote” address at last night’s National Honor Society Induction.  This is what I had to say! October 16, 2013 When Amanda Greenberg asked if I would be the faculty speaker at the NHS Induction, I think I surprised her when I said yes so quickly.  This is a great …

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What’s In a Name?

Each and every year, I begin the school year in AP United States History with a study of “First Contact.”  We examine documents describing Columbus’ encounter with the Tianos Indians, we study the relationship between the Jamestown residents and the Powhatan tribe, and we consider the impact of King Philip’s War, a conflict between New …

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Like many teachers (and students) across the country, I am well aware that summer is winding down. The Target ads taunt me and the calendar confirms it: by August 26th I am back to school for a week of teacher meetings, and classes officially start the day after Labor Day. The waning days of summer …

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My Student, Trayvon Martin

About a week ago, a jury in Florida acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.  I was upset but not entirely surprised.  I remember discussing his death with my students a year ago, and many students brought up the case of Emmett Till.  We compared and contrasted the two killings, …

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GSA Student Summit

The past six months have been an incredibly exciting time for LGBT Equality.  In November, several states, including my home state of Maryland, legalized same-sex marriage.  In January, President Obama gave a major shout out to the history of the Gay Rights Movement when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Seneca Falls and …

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All the World’s a Stage

We’ve just wrapped up another season of National History Day research at our school, and once again I was incredibly impressed with the quality of work.  This year, we had 120 Juniors and 51 Sophomores participating, and the final projects included research papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites, and performances.  You can read a short news article …

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You Only Live Once

In the last year or so, the acronym YOLO has gained currency and credence with my teenage students and other young people across the country.  “You Only Live Once” has become something of a battle cry–perhaps this generation’s version of “Carpe Diem” with some dubious grammar (should it be “You Live Only Once”?)  While the …

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When Teachers are Students

When I tell someone I am a high school teacher, I typically get one of two responses:  first, something akin to shock and awe that I voluntarily spend my days with teenagers, and second, a touch of envy as he or she imagines my carefree summers.  Many people envision a teacher’s summer as a string …

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Why National History Day?

This Saturday, I will take 15 high school juniors to University of Maryland, Baltimore County for the state level competition of National History Day.  This is the third year Bullis has had students make it to states, and while the novelty has worn off a bit I am as excited and nervous as I was in …

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Why a blog?

I know that I am coming late to the blog party.  It seems that everyone–from politicans, to celebrities, to moms, to educators–has a blog.  At some point, we will reach the saturation point, where we have more blogs than readers!  So, why enter this crowded blogosphere? I’ve always been a self-reflective teacher, and for many …

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