Bet you didn’t know that those forts you built as a kid - the ones that were imaginary castles and fortresses against evil monsters - were actually training exercises for a three-dimensional world. “Fort Building” is a creative and developmentally appropriate activity to help children...

CNN Student News: A Resource of Clean, Informative, and Entertaining News for Students It’s funny how preferences change with age. There was a time I didn’t like watching the news. Now as a teacher, I am always looking for ways to inform my students of what is going...

“Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At Hope Technology School students develop more than academic intelligence, they build character. Qualities such as confidence, compassion and citizenship strengthen and equip HTS students academically and socially to...

We have witnessed firsthand the incredible experience provided by our staff, teachers, and students at HTS, but now the positive impact of our school has spread beyond our families into the community around us. Bay Area Parent, a renowned parent website and magazine, has a segment...

  C’mon, teachers. You know what I’m talking about. That class. That class that each teacher looks at, and wonders with dread when their turn is next. Those kids. Those kids who all but a few seem to have given up on. They are the group...

  Have you had one of those classes that have enough energy to power your entire neighborhood? Are you thinking of some new things to try in the coming school year? Over the years, I’ve had several of those classrooms, and I’ve also adopted a few...

I’m happy to report that teaching the middle school cooking class has been a lot of fun and a great success so far. The students are highly motivated to learn the material and do their best to follow the steps correctly, since the result is...

Every year as summer approaches, the HTS middle school teachers plan a fun summer curriculum for our students that includes a variety of electives and field trips. We choose topics that will interest our students and appeal to our own talents. This year, the aspiring...

When I began teaching language arts, I knew I wanted to include book reports, because they give children the opportunity to read more and different kinds of books than they normally would read and analyze them in deeper ways than they possibly would otherwise. But...

One of the challenges of teaching social thinking in middle school is how to teach it in a fun and interactive way. This is not a subject to teach in the traditional lesson format! In my search, I stumbled across a game called Should I...