While we couldn’t afford to take all of our students on a nice hot air balloon trip in Napa, we made our own…well, in miniature at least. It was a simple contraption we were able to fly with the right materials and a little bit...

Middle school students at HTS enjoy using technology every day and this week they got to make a movie about it! Local filmmaker, Lawrence Stansberry, owner of LS3 Digital Media, and Vincent Lin, recent SFSU graduate, volunteered to coach our students. The students wrote and...

Protecting against unwanted purchases One of our greatest challenges to using tablets in the classroom had nothing to do with integrating it into the curriculum, but in blocking students from making accidental (and purposeful) purchases.  After spending many evenings searching the web for a solution, all...

I was at work when I heard from another co-worker that Nelson Mandela had passed away. It’s one of those moments where you have to stop everything you are doing. You need to sit and or look around and even talk about the thoughts that...

As any teacher knows, there comes a time everyday, sometimes multiple times a day, when our students seem to "hit a wall." As teachers, how we approach these times can either make or break our students' learning. As a teacher of a fifth grade inclusion class,...

Incorporating music in the classroom enhances student learning  and also develops students musical intelligence. A calming tune that is played in the background while writing in a journal entry can stimulate reflection. Music can also be played in the background while reading a poem, stirring...

There is something magical about the winter holidays. It is such a special time of year for children and adults. In keeping with the spirit of the season, I'd like to share some of my favorite holiday/winter-related stories and movies.     Books for Children, Young and Old The...

You've heard of buddy reading, and partnering students for the reinforcement of academic learning.  But how about when students need a break, such as a reward for completing difficult tasks or even getting their sensory needs met?  For all students, social learning is just as...

Bringing history to life can be a daunting task. Often students settle for the facts and don’t always get the opportunity to understand that these events were lived out by real people and the decisions made were not easy ones! There were hard choices that...