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How Teachers Can Respond to Charlottesville

By Trevor Muir / August 26, 2017 / Comments Off on How Teachers Can Respond to Charlottesville

The day the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided to not charge the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an event that was later followed by massive riots and protests, was also the day before my class of high schoolers was about to go on Thanksgiving Break. Now teachers, you know what the day…

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I’m So Glad My Class Failed

By Trevor Muir / August 17, 2017 / Comments Off on I’m So Glad My Class Failed

My class once did a project where the students used a set of content standards to create board games that would be played by kids at a local elementary school. Judging by the unique ideas and artistic creations, I thought my students had excellent pieces of work to present to their target audience- which was…

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Yellow

By Trevor Muir / August 13, 2017 / Comments Off on Yellow

I wrote this 3 years ago, and given the events of today in Charlottesville, I think the message of this story still applies to all teachers everywhere. “Yellow” It was 2 hours before Thanksgiving break began, and my high school students knew it. If you are a student, parent or teacher, you know what I…

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Are You Energized By What You Teach?

By Trevor Muir / June 8, 2017 / Comments Off on Are You Energized By What You Teach?

I know a chemistry teacher named Nate who treats talking about isotopes like the calling out of winning Powerball numbers. Kids do not hide their phones in their laps when Nate lectures about chemistry. They lean forward in their desks and connect with the excitement and passion that he emanates. They strive to understand what…

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How to Turn Lectures Into Stories

By Trevor Muir / April 4, 2017 / Comments Off on How to Turn Lectures Into Stories

Neural Coupling is a phenomenon about synching up multiple brains. Google it. It is incredible. Essentially, even though speaking and listening are two very different activities, when a story is told, the speaker and listener share very similar brain activity. If the goal of a teacher is for students to comprehend information that they the…

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Make the Classroom Epic: Lectures into Stories

By Trevor Muir / March 31, 2017 / Comments Off on Make the Classroom Epic: Lectures into Stories

Storytelling is powerful. A group of instructors in the United States Air Force realized this fact through their experience in the military. Military life is often steeped in storytelling, and is the means in which tradition, culture, and strategy are passed down. Stories are shared on journeys to-and-from missions, during leave time, and throughout the…

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How to Make Students WANT to Learn Grammar

By Trevor Muir / March 27, 2017 / Comments Off on How to Make Students WANT to Learn Grammar

Creating authentic tasks that require the use of grammar.

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Best Teachers at Hogwarts- #7 Horace Slughorn

By Trevor Muir / January 30, 2017 / Comments Off on Best Teachers at Hogwarts- #7 Horace Slughorn

Number 7 is Professor Horace Slughorn.  The potions professor who had a secret society made up of his favorite students. Where Voldem— Tom Riddle learned about Horcruxes, and Harry had to steal brain juice from.Ol’ professor Slughorn was not the best teacher, but he wasn’t awful either, and that’s why he is number 7 on…

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It’s Okay to Give Out Detentions

By Trevor Muir / January 26, 2017 / Comments Off on It’s Okay to Give Out Detentions

When asked what my “classroom management plan” is, I’ve always said that I build strong relationships with my students; as result, good behavior and hard work follows. That’s it. When a kid respects you and knows you respect them, they work hard and diligent. If they have a momentary outburst or disrupt the class, a…

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Kids Who Don’t Like Christmas

By Trevor Muir / December 23, 2016 / Comments Off on Kids Who Don’t Like Christmas

The two weeks leading up to Christmas Break can be some of the most chaotic times of the year. It’s like there’s a full moon for 14 days in a row while students guzzle 3 two liters of Mountain Dew before walking into your classroom each day. Students can act a little nuts, and in…

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