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Five Reasons For Teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Five Reasons For Teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Medieval British Literature might not be your thing, but it’s time to give the Pearl Poet’s masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight a second look! Here are five reasons to teach Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

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A Message from My Podium: My Teaching Philosophy

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A Message from My Podium:  My Teaching Philosophy

Recently, I was asked to write up my philosophy of education. I hadn't done this since my college days. (You know, before I knew anything about teaching!) Needless to say, a few things have changed about my philosophy. To structure my philosophy, I used the three messages on my classroom podium, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Those messages were created by my wife, who has them in her classroom as well. (I'm a copycat.) So here is my philosophy of teaching. Hopefully, it will reinforce in your mind what an important job we have as teachers! Across...

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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

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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!

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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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