My last post was about how teachers don’t have enough time to do everything we need to do, so it may seem like producing a classroom website is just adding work to an already overloaded schedule. I have to confess: At first it is a bit labor intensive. Unlike so many tasks thrust upon us … More The Power of the Blog
I know I am fortunate to teach at Gatlinburg-Pittman. If you’ve read much here on Socrates Underground, you’ve picked up on how helpful our district supervisors are; you know I have a great local support community here; you’ve noticed how fond I am of my students. When I started looking into planning time for this … More The Myth of Teachers’ Free Periods
A few weeks ago, I placed a project on Donors Choose, a website created to help teachers get funding for their class projects. I requested copies of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Our school has some copies, but this year, we changed our scheduling completely, and I now have double the number … More With Deepest Gratitude!
When I finished this post, it was not what I set out to write. I wanted to write a happy feel-good post, but somehow, I ended up on a soap box preaching on the town green. I tried to keep the spittle at a minimum, but you still might want to keep at a safe … More If I Could Make It Happen
Is Teaching really a Profession? A topic dear to my heart that I have read much about lately is whether or not teaching is an actual profession. As I began my research for writing this post, I discovered that part of the problem is that there is no clear consensus on what exactly denotes a … More Doctors and Lawyers and … Teachers?
I’m writing this post in response to a prompt from my Writing 101 class. My assignment was to respond to a post from Twitter. Well, this was quite the coincidence since I’ve been incorporating Twitter into my own lessons this year. So, here I am on the other side of the desk again. This time, … More I Had No Idea…That’s How I Got One!
Until I started working with Twitter, I had only been aware of the pointless, vapid side of the social media network: updates about every celebrity faux pas, pointless inside jokes, jokes that aren’t funny, or 140-character feuds that are funny. With the growing push to include technology into instruction, however, I decided to give the … More Go, Bird, Go!
Students hate homework. I did. I do my best not to overwhelm my students with homework; unfortunately, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The axiom “Practice makes perfect” is around for a good reason. The key to successful homework is creating practice that will engage students. I am delving more and more into the world … More Stealth Teaching
This year is my year to join the online world. Until 2015, I had steadfastly refused to Tweet, Link in, or otherwise have an online presence. I’m not really sure why I decided to dive in now, but I’m so glad I did. As a teacher, I have always embraced technology in my classroom in … More 32-64-128, The Internet is Really Great!
My tiny school, nestled here in the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, has just been granted the honor of being named one of America’s Top 500 High Schools by Newsweek. You can read the local release here. A highlight from the story in the Knoxville News Sentinel story, released on August 19, 2015 notes … More You’re the Best Around