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Students Can Be Heroes

By Trevor Muir / November 24, 2016 / Comments Off on Students Can Be Heroes

    Joseph Campbell was an American mythologist who mastered the study of great stories. He identified a pattern we see in most great stories called the Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey starts with a hero, the protagonist or main character of a plot in which the story revolves. To sum the pattern up into the…

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A Different Way to Do School

By Trevor Muir / October 30, 2016 / Comments Off on A Different Way to Do School

In 1856, 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’s natural resources. The Europeans finally left this once rich and beautiful kingdom, and today it’s locked in civil unrest and a constant state of…

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Teach Your Students How to Discuss

By Trevor Muir / September 19, 2016 / Comments Off on Teach Your Students How to Discuss

I think we sometimes take for granted the skill it takes to take part in good discussion. In a world inundated with technology, distractions, Pokemon Go, odd presidential campaigns, and all of the things that modern society has created to take our attention and divert it to bright screens in the palm of our hands,…

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Add Suspense to Your Classroom

By Trevor Muir / September 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Add Suspense to Your Classroom

I had a student named Daniel who is a total film buff. He loves all things cinema, including films like Star Wars and Mad Max- totally an old soul (No offense people born in the seventies, you’re not that old). So one day, as the World War II project that we do was approaching, I…

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Your Classroom Should Be Filled With Conflict

By Trevor Muir / September 12, 2016 / Comments Off on Your Classroom Should Be Filled With Conflict

Twenty percent of Americans will not graduate high school this year. They are quitting. And I think the primary reason is because to far more than twenty percent of Americans, the system that consumes over eight hours of a student’s day, is the primary source of stress and effort, the place that consumes the bulk…

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What if Bullies Can Be Trusted?

By Trevor Muir / August 8, 2016 / Comments Off on What if Bullies Can Be Trusted?

I find no greater joy than feeling like I am trusted. It’s why marriage can be so glorious. There is another human being who trusts you enough to spend every day of their life with you. It’s why it feels really good when a friend offers to loan you their car. They are saying I…

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Flies and Worms

By Trevor Muir / July 29, 2016 / Comments Off on Flies and Worms

There is a community of frogs who have lived in the same pond for centuries. For most of this community’s existence, the life of the frogs has been fairly simple: They start off life as tadpoles, spending most of their time in the shallows with brothers and sisters, playing games like tag and hide-and-go-seek, having…

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Student Growth Happens Outside of the Comfort Zone

By Trevor Muir / July 18, 2016 / Comments Off on Student Growth Happens Outside of the Comfort Zone

Back when the Hunger Games was the #1 New York Times bestseller, and Jennifer Lawrence had signed up to play the protagonist and bring the most popular book in the world to life, I was a new teacher who wanted to grasp my students’ attention. Instead of reading a book like Animal Farm  or 1984…

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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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