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What Every Teacher Can Learn from the Old-School EPCOT Center

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What Every Teacher Can Learn from the Old-School EPCOT Center

Whether or not you have walked beneath the giant golf ball at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park yourself (its correct name is “Spaceship Earth” by the way), every teacher can learn a few lessons from this theme park. I use the term “EPCOT Center,” even though the park dropped the “center” from the name along the way, because in its heyday (the 1980’s and 90’s) EPCOT was a much different park—solely dedicated to a noble purpose:  educating children today to make a better tomorrow. Over the years the focus of the park has shifted, leaving a large part of...

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A Word About Bolo, Our Mascot

Creativity Encouragement

A Word About Bolo, Our Mascot

When I doodled Bolo, I had no idea why he had fangs or bat wings. He was a complete figment of my imagination. 

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Jeopardy Superchamp Uses Our Materials, Too!

Mythology Readers Theater Script-Stories

Jeopardy Superchamp Uses Our Materials, Too!

James Holzhauer, the reigning champion of Jeopardy!, cited some of my textbooks as one place where he gathered some knowledge for his record-setting streak on the popular gameshow.

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Finishing Strong

Encouragement

Finishing Strong

At this time of the school year it seems like everything is on a downhill slide and only building momentum. How can you find the energy and drive to keep teaching?

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Book Review: The Writer's Journey

Book Review Mythology Teaching Ideas

Book Review:  The Writer's Journey

Although I am a teacher of typical English courses as well, it was a mythology course that gave me the biggest challenge of my life. (You can read more about that adventure here.) Teaching mythology challenged me to develop my teaching style—prompting the creation of almost all the materials you will find on this website. So, needless to say, mythology is special to me. Beasts, quests, and monsters are all part of mythology, but at its heart is the hero. Not surprisingly, one of my favorite things to teach is heroes and the concept of the Hero’s Journey. If you...

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