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On Faith

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Faith is hard. LOL & also UGH… Harvesting the fruits of faith is difficult even though they are among the sweetest of things. Faith, in one estimation, is the belief that something WILL happen without having absolute PROOF that it will. Faith means … Continue reading

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Separation of Powers Activity Using The Cranium Board Game


I’m pretty sure that, like many of you, I was gamifying stuff before it was a “thing”.  If I got bored teaching the same thing in the same way year after year, I couldn’t imagine what my poor students were … Continue reading

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The Day My Students Embarrassed Me (Constitutional Convention Lesson Attached)

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They’re all going to laugh at you! The day my students embarrassed me is also the day I became a better educator (and friend, and father, and husband… and I’m not kidding). Bear with me and my ego for just … Continue reading

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Revisiting Federalist X

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When I first came to the United States from Costa Rica in 1980 I was intimidated by everything I saw.  Especially here in Texas, everything seemed bigger and better than what I had experienced in San Jose.  It was, to … Continue reading

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An Educator’s 4th of July Thoughts

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Two perpetual elements of American society, that are also richly analogous, are baseball and education.  Baseball is a game of individuals, but those individual players must win as a team.  The game is played as a competition not only against … Continue reading

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A little #Ignite13 Extra

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If you were in attendance at our Aurasma presentation, here’s a little something we’ve been working on. The idea is to place several invisible overlays over various parts of the image. That way, when your student taps on one planet, … Continue reading

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The Incomplete Constitution

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The Constitution is the greatest protector of rights ever penned by man’s hands. Simply by being a written Constitution, the document professes to be a touch-stone of liberty. Like a rulebook, if you want to know if someone is cheating … Continue reading

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