Updated Fall 2022.
I’ve been teaching in Utah since 2008. Back then, I was a grad student in Philosophy, and my research interests included in Ethics, Political Philosophy (focusing on Egalitarianism), and Moral Psychology. Universal Basic Income was my jam before it was cool (of course surfers should be fed). Some of my focus was on teaching pedagogy, but most of my education in that area has come since I left academia back in 2013. These days, the core of my being is devoted to student engagement and to my writing.
I speak most years at one conference or another. Recent years have found me sharing what I’ve developed for my classroom at the National Council for the Social Studies (2018), the state chapter of the NCSS (2019, 2021), or at the Association for Middle Level Education conference (2019, 2020). I’ve gamified my classroom, developed choose-your-own adventure units of study, led middle school students to spot and analyze propaganda, turned what I knew about education upside down to handle a rapid change at the start of the 2020 pandemic, and have settled back down as I realize that the changes I made to adapt to that circumstance were changes I should have been making anyhow. I’ve shared some of this through an article at Education Week magazine. Through all of this, I have strived helped others to find joy in learning as best I’m able at every opportunity.
As a personal educational coach and educational consultant, I work one-on-one with students who benefit from individual expert support and personalized planning and attention. You should reach out to me about this if you think this might be what you or your student needs. We can do personalized lessons in writing, the humanities, or social sciences, and we can also do coaching in the sense of finding out what kind of learner you are, what your needs around executive functioning are, and/or planning for your success at your undergraduate institution of choice. I can even offer survival tips for grad school, if that’s what’s next for you. Let me know how I can help!
I meet regularly with educators from across the country with whom I’ve spoken and gotten to know via our professional learning circles on twitter, and I regularly check in with #MSChat, #SSchat, #UTedchat, and others, though timed discussions are tough for me. More than a few times, I’ve been able to get specialized assistance or to help someone else with a pedagogical, research, or tech challenge we’re handling in our challenging profession. I am grateful to those communities.
Before moving to Utah, I received a B.A. in 2006 from Washington & Jefferson College and a Master of Arts in the Humanities in 2007 from the University of Chicago. I found my way to living in the Rockies back in June 2008, and I earned a M.S. in Philosophy from the University of Utah in 2013. I have been teaching in since January 2008.
Were I to return to the academy, it would be an MFA in Creative Writing, which I spend a thousand or more hours on each year (I have a book, YA Historical Fiction, set for Spring 2024 release). Most of all, I want to learn, and I want to share what I learn with others.
Apart from honing my teaching skills, I’m an avid hockey fan and retired recreational player (concussions brought my illustrious career to an end) and now am a devout curler. I still love watching hockey, and winter is my season. I ski the Rockies a dozen or so times per year.
I also really enjoy traveling—by plane, boat, or train—and I spend as little money as possible in my everyday life so I can visit someplace new and exciting each year. One of my favorite destinations so far has been Switzerland (photos from my Matterhorn hike pictured above), and my favorite “I’d love to live there” destination is always Germany. Now that I have kids, my number one travel goal is to take them to all of the places they dream of seeing – Naxos, Berlin, Prague, Paris, and Rome. These are places I know and love, and I can’t wait to share them with these budding scholars and sports superfans.
I haven’t included an email address due to spam harvesters collecting and using my email anywhere it appears, but you can definitely reach me at stevecaponejrauthor at gmail or by following me on twitter (@CaponeTeaches) and reaching out to me there.
Interested in knowing more about my professional development pursuits? You can find them here, where I keep a live CV of sorts.