Category Archives: Rough Ideas and Arguments

Ender’s Game: A Belated Reading & Irrelevant Review

** spoiler alert ** This book was fine and was good as a kids’ adventure book, however… it was not well-written in terms of character development, use of language (think economy, setting-derived vernacular, and figurative language) and generally in terms … Continue reading

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Spoiler-Free Review of Speak No Evil, my favorite film at Sundance 2022

When a Danish family visits a Dutch family they’ve met on holiday, what are easily brushed aside as cultural differences charge the battery in the slow-burn horror that is Speak No Evil. The psychological and social horror that characterize this … Continue reading

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Students at the Helm (for real)

[I]n Humanities, we had some academic goals focused on the stages of the writing process that could be achieved through a few different content avenues. So, I polled the students… Continue reading

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Curiosity Saved My Life

I think a lot about privilege. White privilege. Male privilege. Hetero/straight/binary privilege. I’ve got privilege coming out of my ears. One of the many privileges from which I’ve benefitted has been a family that drove and fed my curiosity from … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo: Holocaust Education 7-Week Unit of Study

“So here it is – I’ve built this unit. It’s the plan I bring with me into a 7-week course on the Holocaust with my current sixth graders…” Continue reading

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