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Operating as usual 07/17/2020

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At home, at school, on the moon...bring it on. So much out of my hands this school year, but I've decided to control what I can control and just let the rest go. I'm going to make year 26 the best one yet. “At home, at school, on the moon...bring it on. So much out of my hands this school year, but I've decided to control what I can control and just let the rest go. I'm going to make year 26 the best one yet.” 06/17/2020

DEVOLUTION | Kirkus Reviews

Up next: Devolution by Max Brooks. It came out today. I recently read World War Z, so it is time for the sequel. Are we not men? We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006). 06/12/2020

BURN BABY BURN | Kirkus Reviews

Going to read this next. It's been on my bookshelf for a while now waiting to be read. I need some disco and Son of Sam A Cuban-American girl comes of age in Flushing, Queens, in 1977, against the backdrop of the Son of Sam murder spree.


Just finished Lawrence Wright's The End of October. Think I'm going to read this one next.

[08/19/18]   Welcome back to all of my new students and their parents. It is going to be a great school year.


Yikes! I only have 4 weeks left to finish up my summer reading. Students, have you opened a book this summer? Never too late to start.


Some of my students baked me a cake. It was awesome! Thanks girls! 05/21/2018

How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds

Here's an article that interest parents and students: The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.


So proud of my mock trial teams. Heading to the final 4 of the competition tomorrow.

[11/11/17]   I really enjoyed working with 7th grade Duke TIP SAT students from across the district this morning. Best of luck when you take your test.

[10/20/17]   Today we are writing Paint Chip haiku poems inspired by Sherwin-Williams paint colors. I decided to join in...

Enigma (SW6018)
There's no answer key
Contemplate all you want to
Mystery remains

Honey Bees (SW 9018)
Flying through the air
Masters of pollination
Bringing things to life

Trinket (SW 6685)
Some see just a ring
Examining it for worth
They see a trinket
But it's more than that
Signifying a promise
Representing love

Urban Jungle (SW 6992)
Morning has arrived
Cars and trucks roaming the streets
People on the move

Looking for the words
To jot down on this paper
To express myself

[10/14/17]   I really enjoyed the 50th anniversary film today at the Allen Public Library. It was a great look back at the last 50 years. As a new library board member I'm looking forward to playing a part in the library's future years.

[09/27/17]   FMS Meet the Teacher & Technology Night @6:30 on Wednesday 9/27 - Have questions? Want to know how I use Canvas? Want to know how to make sense of Skyward? Or just want to say hello? Drop by. 08/15/2017

8th Grade Pre-AP/IB Preview

In my Pre-AP/IB class this year? Check this out. The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing and the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts. 08/15/2017

8th Grade Humanities English Preview

In my Humanities class this year? Check this out. This class is an 8th grade English/Language Arts classroom at heart.  As I design lesson plans for this class, I take into account all of the 8th grade ELA Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)


Year 23 of teaching is underway at the Allen Event Center. Great to see some old and new faces.


I have taught for almost 25 years now and I still get excited about looking at my class rosters for the first time each August.


LeVar Burton: Everyone Loves Being Read To

Read on, students. Read on.

Actor LeVar Burton, known for his work on "Roots" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," is launching a new podcast that taps into the appeal of his successful "Reading Rainbow" program.


While my incoming 8th grade Humanities students are enjoying the rest of summer, I'm hard at work planning for the next school year. See you soon. @FordMSPrincipal 07/16/2017

Text for Happiness. Or Sadness. Get Art Back. A playful project using cellphone texts and art turns into a viral hit — as well as a window into our cultural soul. 07/09/2017

Teacher Collaboration: When Belief Systems Collide

Intriguing read. What do you think the purpose of education is? Check out these six, educational ideologies that influence a teacher's decision-making. Which one represents you? 07/02/2017

5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

Read on students... Here are five reasons to motivate students to read more. One reason: Reading makes you smarter and a better writer.

[06/27/17]   It was great working with fellow teachers at the AISD / MISD Pre-AP Institute today. 06/10/2017

How we can stop antibiotic resistance

Some interesting non-fiction for you... It’s been dubbed “the end of modern medicine”. BBC Future asked experts to explain how we might avoid the worst effects of antibiotic resistance – a grand challenge of our age.

[06/05/17]   I have just finished a new redesign for my website. Check it out.

[06/04/17]   The end of the school year always brings about a mixed reaction. Sad to see my old students move on, but excited for my new students that are on the way. 04/25/2017

What Makes a Genius?

Hey, Humanities students...something to consider with Genius Hour Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues. 04/21/2017

US official: China puts bombers on 'high alert'

Humanities students, here's an article from CNN to go along with our discussion of North Korea on Monday. Chinese air force land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers were put "on high alert" on Wednesday as the US sees evidence that the Chinese military is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a US defense official tells CNN. 03/26/2017

Anne Frank Who? Museums Combat Ignorance About the Holocaust

Since we went to the Holocaust museum this week... The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is one of several museums making changes to engage and educate younger people about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.


Great day for a field trip and lunch at Klyde Warren Park.


Thanks to Madison J. for asking me to contribute to her book. Now I can say that I'm a published author. 03/20/2017

'Out Of Wonder' Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets Kwame Alexander's new book is a collection of original poems written in the style of 20 famous poets. The aim is to introduce kids to great poetry — and encourage them to write poems of their own.

[03/02/17]   Really proud of the FMS girls choirs. Great job today, ladies. Way to represent FMS at UIL. 02/18/2017

George Takei: I hear terrible echoes of the past

Hey, students. If you are researching internment camps, check this out: On the 75th anniversary of the order that led to the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, George Takei warns that Trump policies targeting Muslims and immigrants risk ignoring a painful lesson from America's past.


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Want to go with us to the Dallas Holocaust Museum? Students check out this website for details:




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