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If you aren’t getting better, you’re getting worse

On homeostasis and entropy: Homeostasis is a simple, yet powerful core concept of biology – that all living things strive for balance The catch is that the mortal enemy of homeostasis is entropy – the principle that all things in the universe tend to disorder and that it requires energy to resist the inevitability of […]

Setting the bar low

My new school district is voluntarily using the process outlined by Washington State’s Teacher & Principal Evaluation Pilot (TPEP). As of the 2013-14 school year, all districts in Washington will use the new evaluation process. I’m already experiencing its negative effects… At the beginning of the year, all teachers were required to create Professional Growth […]

Where to begin the story?

When I have time to plan a lesson in detail, I often put a lot of thought into the “story arc” that I am trying to present. What am I going to at the outset to suck the audience (aka students) into the plot enough that they are willing to work through some slower “character […]

What makes for high quality teacher learning?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about teacher learning (aka professional development). Why? A few reasons: I’m taking a class at UW Oshkosh this summer about professional development and doing research for this class I was selected as one of ten Success at the Core Fellows and this organization is all about professional […]

I teach in a “failing” school and you should too

“Welcome to White Swan, where you can teach whatever you want – even if it’s nothing at all.” ~ anonymous former colleague ——— “If you can teach here, you can teach anywhere” ~ anonymous colleague ———   I work in a very small rural school located in a high poverty area on an Indian Reservation. Funding is […]

How to be a better teacher today – a long look in the mirror

A new year! Time for a fresh start. A clean slate. Back to the old drawing board! 2011 (is it just me or does that sound like science fiction?) – I watched Back to the Future series with my family over Winter Break. I love that the “future” in Back the the Future II is […]


What can you do today to make yourself a better teacher? I have a confession to make. I’m a learning junkie. There – I said it! Yesterday was the first day of my Winter Break. I’ve been mildly sick all of the last week of school and refusing to stay home because I didn’t want […]