Chicago Wizard World Comic Con: Presenters

While at the Chicago Comic-Con, I were ble to catch a few presentations of the hundred offered that caught my eye; some good, some bad, some ugly. Here is a summary: 1. This one was actually pretty good. They had one artist/writer, one printer, and a specialist on e-books. Since I currently only plan on…

A Rabbi, an Imam, and a Pastor all Walk into a Juice Bar

Words can not even begin to describe how difficult this past unit has been to write. This unit consists of language and religion components. The language section flew by and then I began to teach three weeks of summer school which really put a hit on my dedication to writing this thing. Now that I…

Student Created eBooks: Good Idea or Lazy Ploy?

Yes, I have dabbled with creation tools and having students curate their own content.  I love the idea of having students create a culminating work that they can be proud of.  The logistics around it however are a bit daunting–and I’m not going to lie, anyone who says, “have a student create their own ebook!”,…

Calculating a Readability Score for your Text

If you are sitting over there wondering if you have it cut out to write a textbook for your kids, one that they will comprehend, yet be able to push their abilities, there are some tools that might help.  I am not a reading expert and I know there are teachers out there who have…

Organizing your Content

So far in my process, I would say that the most important step is organizing the curriculum’s content where I want it to go. Although this process might be a bit different for other subject areas, for my human geography text, I am organizing the material thematically. There are a few other ways that I…

Just Finished my First Chapter!

Though this process began in the school year, yesterday I just finished laying down the text for one of my seven chapters. The weather has been so nice out that I have been sitting on my patio and typing away on my iPad, today will be no different. I am trying to stay in a…

To PhD’s-I Know Something You Don’t Know…

What originally started out as a plan to create a text just for my students, evolved into a concept for a work that can hopefully also help others.  After reading message board after message board and having discussions with many other teachers that teach the same course that I do, I found that they all…