education reform

How To Cram Better: What We Don’t Teach In School


Learning is like playing the blues. If you wanna get really good at it and be able to improvise, you must practice playing the blues a lot. You must also understand it. The scales, the chord progressions, the beats, the turnaround, the stories,the mood; the “how to blues.” If you wanna get really good at […]

Commitment to Change


When I first decided to run for Congress, I remember who I went to for input. Surprisingly, it was not my friends and family (besides my wife!); instead, it was the educators that I have worked with over the last ten years. Not just those I have worked with in schools, but those in my […]

Let’s Keep It Real In Education


I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy. — Marie Curie Translation: If you want things to change, get your ass off the couch and do the work. That’s what Marie did. In a world full of men unwilling to accept a woman, an atheist, and a person who followed […]

Why We Need To Abandon Subjects And Focus On Big Picture Learning


When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. — Wayne Dyer I think we got it all wrong in education. Consider this. We always talk about connecting the classroom (the instruction, the subject area, the concepts etc.) to the […]

What Does Our Discomfort with Fidget Spinners Say About Education?

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As educators, we have all encountered colleagues bemoaning the rise of fidget spinners, whether in-person, on blogs, or on social media. For some perspective, consider how people outside education view fidget spinners. WatchThe Young Turks enjoy playing with them. Forbes magazine calls them the “must-have office toy for 2017.” The sheer delight of staffers playing […]

The Grumpy Teacher


This was the week I retook control of all aspects of my life. Things would bedifferent this week. Everythingwouldturn around and become better this week. Instead, I wasn’t good enough this week and my students did not hesitate to let me know. This week I started waking up a half hour earlier (3:45AM!) to start […]

Dear Administrator: Lead or Shut Up


Are you a leader? Do you think of yourself as one? Are you a good one? Or, do you just talk a good game? Do you use beautiful words? Do you act on them? Do you stand up for what’s right? Or do you just talk a good game? Yes. You guessed it. This is […]

Starbucks My Classroom: Creating A 21st Century Learning Space


The picture you see above is of my students and myself after I received a technology grant, which I used to purchase Chromebooks so that my students can learn using 21st century technology. I already have 21st century technology. Now, I am on a mission to bring a 21st century learning space to my chemistry […]

Why Is Changing the School System Such a Pain?


Check out my New Years Resolution from January 1, 2016. “Change the face of global education forever by changing all the schools everywhere for the better.” Simple enough right? All I have to do is to get EVERYONE EVERYWHERE to do this. Well, the last row… Seriously. If you are a human being working with […]

Learning Styles: A Myth That Won’t Go Away


“What I hear, I forget; What I see, I remember; What I do, I understand.” – Attributed to Confucius I’ve seen this quote displayed prominently in classrooms, used in books, mentioned in videos, and repeated by educators at professional development meetings. What is it supposed to convey anyway? Was the ancient thinker’s intention to express […]