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Don’t Lecture By Yourself

By Trevor Muir / July 11, 2016 / Comments Off on Don’t Lecture By Yourself

    In 1970, a man named Edward Packard was telling his daughters a bedtime story about a character he made up named Pete. Every night, Pete would encounter different adventures on an isolated island, and Packard would make up an adventure for Pete on the spot. But one night, Edward Packard ran out of things…

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Engaging Teaching is About Flexing Our Creative Muscles

By Trevor Muir / June 26, 2016 / Comments Off on Engaging Teaching is About Flexing Our Creative Muscles

Sir Ken Robinson once said in a TED Talk that “Teaching is creative profession.” I love that line.  Because of systems in place, as well as cultural stereotypes, and Mrs. Crabapple from The Simpsons, it is very easy to believe that teachers are just walking textbooks, or playback machines, or mindless dictators (ok, maybe I…

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This Extrovert Just Got Slapped

By Trevor Muir / November 30, 2015 / Comments Off on This Extrovert Just Got Slapped

A blogger just slapped me in the face. Ow John Spencer…. ow. One of his most recent blog posts, “Teaching Introverts,” discusses the idea that introverts have needs that might look different than the needs of extroverts, yet many of the strongly pushed education reforms and practices are aimed towards benefiting the extrovert. “Collaboration is…

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Some Things Never Change- Part 3-

By Trevor Muir / November 30, 2015 / Comments Off on Some Things Never Change- Part 3-

We are working on a project right now in Global Studies, which is a cross-curricular course of English and World History, where students are creating an indoor aquaponics garden for our classroom. Because of course, why wouldn’t you build an indoor garden in History class? Aquaponics is a system where you have a tank full…

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Because of Project Based Learning

By Trevor Muir / July 21, 2015 / Comments Off on Because of Project Based Learning

Have you ever stood at the front of your class and felt a vibration, an energy pulsing through the room that made you stop thinking about assessments, or parents, or lesson planning, or Language Arts, or anything else that comes with being a teacher, but instead just watched what was happening with wonder? Every now…

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Finding Authentic Audiences for Projects

By Trevor Muir / July 18, 2015 / Comments Off on Finding Authentic Audiences for Projects

Authenticity is key in a successful project-based learning environment, and even a traditional learning environment for that matter, and I could write a book about that fact (I actually am working on that book, keep an eye out for it).  But this post is about finding that authentic audience or authentic element for your projects and lessons.…

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Microfinance, Africa, and Paintball Guns

By Trevor Muir / July 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Microfinance, Africa, and Paintball Guns

 We did a new project this year in my World History/ELA class.  And it was glorious.  But first a little background. In 1856, the country of Germany began invading a very small kingdom in East Africa called Burundi. They started a century of pillaging the land, harsh violence, political upheaval, and outright stealing of Burundi‚Äôs…

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