This blog is an attempt to document my reflections on teaching.  I’ve been wanting to record my efforts and thoughts on teaching and learning for some time and new APPR requirements provided the perfect opportunity.  Writing for just an administrator is not very riveting though.  Just as with students in a classroom, having an authentic audience is more rewarding.  The blog is therefore a way to expand my PLN, meet APPR requirements, and get a greater deal of feedback.


My principal is encouraging us to reflect on the book Total Participation Techniques:  Making Every Student and Active Learner by Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele (1).  I’ll also be comparing it to and using techniques from Doug Lemov’s book Teach like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College (2).  I finished this book towards the middle of last school year and am now in the middle of the ASCD book.


Besides the above there will be reflections on various tech projects to improve my classroom, working with my student teacher, and more philosophical ramblings on social and political ed topics.  I also know that a side benefit will be a gradual improvement in my writing and hopefully teaching as well.



1         Himmele, Pérsida, and William Himmele. Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2011. Print.


2         Lemov, Doug. Teach like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print.

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  1. Thanks for sharing.


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