21st Century Learning: Catching Up Or Leading the Way?


I thought that this summer I would do some light reading and would share that on my blog. Last year I became too overwhelmed with my new duties as a father and teaching a new group of learners to keep up with my blog.  I also wrote a couple of articles that ended up being lost, since I had some issues with my computer.  So at this point, I am entering the 21st century and using the google suite to make sure I don’t lose all of my work.  I know that overall, the Microsoft suite is still better in terms of sheer power, but I cannot get over how well the cloud works to preserve my materials using the google suite.  I had some occasions where I wanted to work on some of my writing, but I could not access all of my work because it was saved at home in word, so I am seeing if I can make the transition.  But really, this concept is a great way to introduce my summer reading theme that has been focused on the 21st century learner.

Live Action History W/ Mr Schwarten


Sorry for the delay on the writing.  I have been having a lot of different things going on that are exciting and have kept me busy.  Right now I am revamping our 8th Grade Scope and Sequence for next year and am trying to get things together for our trip to New York, while keeping on top of grading for my students.  I also sat on the textbook selection committee for my grade level and will probably be writing about the experience soon.

Need Classroom Design Ideas? Try Sheila Jane Teaching





I have been thinking lately about how I have been influenced by other people on the internet and in the teaching field.  I have had countless numbers of mentors and people who helped me become the man I am today.  Last year, I had been surfing around the net looking for ideas for my classroom when I came across Sheila Jane who had put a lot of emphasis on the importance of classroom design.  The video she posted made me really stop and think differently about what my classroom should look and feel like.

Introducing the Pedagogue Podcast


I have begun recording podcasts!  I wanted to find a way to get some of my thoughts out in a different way than only writing them out and the Pedagogue Podcast was born!  My first one includes the following topics:

The US Constitution and the Role of Women


Merry belated Christmas and Happy New Year to those who read this blog!  Those who might be upset by my saying Merry Christmas just know that I am just trying to share my joy for a season I hold dear to my heart.  It is no different than when someone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah or Happy Diwali.  We are all just trying to show everyone that we wish them the best for the season.  Even if you just enjoyed the lights around town, I hope the last month was fun as you prepared in your own way for the new year!  


3 Thoughts for the Day




My Battle With Coca-Cola: A 30 Day Challege



Today, I made a decision.

 I am no longer going to let Coca-Cola dictate everything that I do in my life.  Lately, I have fallen off the wagon and have been drinking copious amounts of this substance.  Today was the first time in weeks I drank only one can.  I feel sluggish and tired, but so far I have resisted drinking Coke.  For anyone who knows me will know that I love to drink soda and that this is a monumental undertaking.