September 7, 2018

One of the most challenging—yet rewarding—aspects of teaching is reviewing a course to make improvements for the following year. This process requires an honest assessment of your teaching ideas and practices, which can feel like a personal attack; however, it is impor...

May 31, 2018

One of the challenging parts of teaching is the expectation that a teacher should be proficient at every part of teaching. This is the source of much angst among teachers switching courses/grade levels and early-career teachers—depending on the magnitude of the change,...

May 2, 2018

After completing my dissertation research in the 2016-2017 school year, I used the results from the research to change the AP Physics C: Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism courses for the 2017-2018 school year. This document is an update of some information in the...

March 30, 2018

One of the reasons I greatly appreciate Modeling Instruction is the underlying Modeling Theory of Cognition developed by Dr. David Hestenes. The Modeling Theory of Cognition provides the philosophical foundation for the pedagogy of Modeling Instruction; combining these...

March 2, 2018

Historical Context

Prior to the mid-1800s, science and science education in the United States existed in an unstructured manner. However, the public’s interest in science increased in the late 19th century (Bybee, 2010), partially due to scientific progress and technolo...

January 31, 2018

The Fall 2017 semester was rough. Not only was I finishing my dissertation to defend in November and publish in December, but I was also in a wakeboarding accident in July. The accident required a hospital stay and many sessions of physical therapy; fortunately — thank...

July 9, 2016

Summer as a teacher brings time without students, and for me this means time to read material I find interesting and reflect on my practice. A book I recently finished is Science Teachers' Learning from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineerin...

June 13, 2016

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Charleston Educator Symposium, and it was well worth the time and effort it took to attend. The staff from the Office of Educator Effectiveness were wonderful, and I appreciate all the hard work they did to make the sympos...

June 5, 2016

As the school year winds down, I have more time to read books outside of education. I have always been interested in leadership, but my reading and learning in leadership has accelerated since 2012. During 2012 and 2013, I left education and worked at a small engineeri...

May 27, 2016

This is my first post on the blog!


As I work through the 2016-2017 school year, I plan to update this blog with information related to my classes, dissertation research, and workshops.


This should be a fun journey, and I am looking forward to sharing with everyone!

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