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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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Traffic blog number two: Presidents of the United States of America

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We constantly see polls concerning the popularity of presidents…Who was the greatest president? Who is the smartest president?  Who was the most popular?…so on and so forth… The question that came up today as I was driving into work (and … 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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Google Forms Update


Google doesn’t really care that they’re completely undermining Microsoft Suite by giving away cool resources like Word or Power Point “wanna-be’s”. Yes, I just used a term from 1999. But that term was in quotes which means I was being … Continue reading

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Leveraging Uncertainty


Change is going to happen. The sometimes slow but always certain current of change has momentum…tremendous momentum. But it is dumb and unrefined momentum…like an undeniable ocean current. Yes, ocean currents can pull you out to a formless sea, but … 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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Student Created Tutorials

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I was looking over some old lessons from my high school government class and came across some “stuff”.  I’ll be posting this “stuff” today and tomorrow. To begin the parade is this list of resources that I used to get … Continue reading

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Speed Dating As Professional Development (or classroom use)

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The Impetus Instruction technology coaches who care about their audiences are always looking for ways to spice up the mostly boring “sit and get” sessions that have become the norm. A few weeks ago as my family and I were … Continue reading

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Another Training? -or- How I Learned to Love the Education Pendulum.

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Models are interesting things. They both are and are not the thing they represent.  So, for example, a model of Jupiter points to but can never be the real Jupiter.  A painting, an appropriately colored Styrofoam ball, or a set … 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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