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For The Love Of ED: A Few Thoughts on Teaching

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To be a teacher, you gotta love what you do. You can't just get by on caffeine and girl scout cookies (don't ask).

You really, absolutely, unconditionally have to love it, because, MAN it's a hard gig!

It's a Hercules meets Sisyphus effort. When your students are climbing Mt. Knowledge, you're scaling Mt. Grading Stuff, and just when you think you've summited, the mountain gets higher still.

And then, there are many treacherous passes, steep inclines, and trying obstacles all along the way.

But, on those lucid days, when you come up to a clearing, it all suddenly makes sense and things come into focus, and what could have been suddenly is, and you realize that with every word you speak, and each step you take, you change the world...


You see: teaching, learning, and perhaps life itself are about more about the journey than the destination. If you focus on the process of learning first, the outcomes will take care of themselves.

So, FOR THE LOVE OF ED! Focus on teaching to teach, learning to learn, and living to live. It's that simple :-)

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I founded Focus 2 Achieve to provide innovative classroom tools that empower teachers and help students achieve more success. In my first life, I am a husband, a father, and a teacher. In my second life, I spend time discovering what "really works" aka "best practices" in education, problem-solving, and creating products for teachers and students. I recently wrote a book titled "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom." It is a book designed for Students that uses brain research and brain based learning strategies to help student become better learners. The book can be used by Teachers to help students learn more effectively, and Parents to help their children become more aware of how they learn. 


I have a BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences and an MA in Teaching. I teach high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering and my professional interests focus on discovering and learning how the human mind learns and acquires lasting knowledge and skills, so that I can help my (and other) students learn more effectively and achieve greater academic success.


I am also a fan of the Jedi order (and use DA FORCE frequently), ninjas (both masked and unmasked), and the superhero in all of us. Oh, and I am on a Quest to Change the World, because I can. I believe we all can.

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