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One of my greatest desires for my students is that they realize the relevancy of learning in their lives. I want them to embrace the opportunity to learn as a life-long treasure, to see the entire world as their classroom, and to honor every nation as their neighbor. Ever mindful of these things, my students will be better equipped to procure an enriching life and a more humane world. I firmly believe that as a teacher it is my privilege, and my responsibility, to facilitate this process by empowering all of my students to feel celebrated as capable consumers and producers of knowledge.

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Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize -What Can We Do?


Malala Yousafzai a young Pakistani schoolgirl was shot in the head by the Taliban. Surviving the would be fatal shot was in itself miraculous. However, what has transpired since then is just as spectacular. Malala has helped galvanize the world in support of the rights of girls around the world to live, to learn, and […]

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.” President Bush


While many of our Hilsman students were too young or yet to be born on September 11, 2001, thirteen years ago, many of us know exactly where we were. I presented the following ideas to the staff: How can we as a community honor this day in a way that incorporates what is already being […]

Brown’s 7th Grade Students Share “Where I’m From” Poems


Science Fiction or Fantasy: Did the Jetsons and Hanna-Barbera Get It Right?


As a child, I grew up watching “The Jetsons” every Saturday morning. For me, it was an entertaining show about a futuristic world where people’s lives appeared to be simpler and more exciting because of all of the gadgets at their command. Science fiction is characterized as having events that could one day become reality […]



Truth or Lie?


Can you tell when someone is being honest with you? Is there a way to know when someone is lying?

Malala Day 2014: #StrongerThan


“Odyssey Moments” – It’s Been the Best Summer!


Take a few minutes to reflect on the Odyssey experience. Tell us what you appreciate and what you would change?

First Public Read of Declaration of Independence 238 Years Ago Today


I enjoyed sharing this bit of history with my Odyssey students after hearing a segment on NPR this morning. It gave me a purposeful reason to share a musical rendition of the historical document that helped me learn the words as a child. However, reading (or singing) the words is an invitation to a close […]

iSummit 2014 Conference Attendees Embrace Literacy and Technology Integration


Susan McMillian and I were tempted to act as barkers for our iSummit 2014 session. Two vivacious animated personalities such as ours, we were committed to having fun even if we only had one particpant. As it turned out, we had about seven participants who ventured into the unknown for an hour of “Odyssey City […]

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