Entries by Emily Kirsch

To Story is Human

  I would like to tell you a story. It is about my son when he was in fourth grade.   Zach’s Story By the time Zach reached fourth grade he said he hated school. This wasn’t entirely true. All evidence suggested he loved gym, recess, lunch in the cafeteria, and the bus ride to […]

EdTech: Teacher Tested, Student Approved

An Enthusiastic Introduction “This is going to be so cool! Just wait.” *Crickets* “Well, what do you think?! Isn’t this neat?!” The students remain silent, looking nervously to see the reaction of their peers. Finally, they breathe a sigh of relief as one speaks up to voice what everyone else is thinking. “Is this it?” […]

5 Ways to Actively Engage Students in Learning

  Robyn slipped her textbook between the pillow and the mattress, one hand resting on its hard cover. It wasn’t exactly comfortable and she didn’t really believe what Sarah had told her, but she wasn’t going to take the chance. She needed that B+ and if it had to happen through osmosis, then so be […]

Finding “Flow” in the Classroom

The Climb I began bouldering while in grad school. Invited by a group of experienced climbers, I immediately felt like a fish out of water but decided to go for it regardless. If you have never bouldered before, it goes something like this: You start on the ground, struggling to pull on a snug pair […]