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Starbucks My Room: Last Bell Before the First Bell

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I had no time. I was stressing out. I watched others get it done. I was in awe.

I was not ready in June. Neither July. Nor August.

I had doubts, fears, and obstacles...

I told the world I'm doing it and I wasn't sure till the very end if I'll be done.

And now - I Am Done!!!

I spent about 6 hours at school finishing it all today. As I was leaving my school parking lot at 2:30, I wanted to scream.

It is Labor Day Monday and I just finished "Starbucksing" my classroom.

If you followed #StarbucksMyRoom you know what I'm talking about.

If the idea is new to you, here's the scoop: I've decided to "Starbucks" my high school chemistry room at the end of the last school year, which means that I've set out to get rid of the traditional student desks and replace them with coffee house type seating and decor. Here's the post that started it all - I’mma Starbucks My Classroom: My 21st Century Manifesto.

Take a look at what my room looked like in mid-August:


And before this weekend:


And this is what the students will see tomorrow:

Click to watch the #StarbucksMyRoom- This Is It!!! Video

I have a pretty relaxed, spontaneous, and somewhat unstructured lesson plan for tomorrow. Yet, I've never felt more ready. I AM READY.

I Want My Students To Know That...

I Want You To Know That...

I Want To Know That...

Better Is Possible.

You Have The Power To Change The World. Use It Often.

Thanks for reading and Happy New School Year. If you liked some of my ideas you might want to SIGN UP for my NEWSLETTER and I'll drop more of them straight in your email inbox.

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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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