Bow Tie Guy & Wife Blog

  • Youtube for the Classroom

    Technology (especially video) is changing at break-neck speeds that I cannot even keep up with.  I find myself keeping an eye on the app stores for the newest technology that I can use to engage my students.  Teachers are in such a weird place in history where the students know more than the teachers...well, at least in the arena of technology.  My perpetual goal is to not let that happen.  I am always open to anything new, but I'm going, to be honest, it's irresponsible not to be literate in technology and still teach students in the 21st century.  They deserve it. 
  • Where I Come From: An Educational Bio

    Education requires the most fervent of servants to accomplish goliath expectations.  Teaching is not a job or a career to me. It is a lifestyle and it is what motivates me. Passion for what is done as educators is something that is ignited from a fuel that is manufactured in the labor of love that IS education. It is a passion that must be nurtured so that it does not waver because the classroom is a battlefield.
  • A Step Back In Time

    The Wax Museum was a fixture of the first six years of my professional career.  I played the role of observer, bystander, an active participant.  Like Junior Great Books and the utilization of the shared inquiry, the Wax Museum was an equal opportunity for all (even the academically disadvantaged) to shine.       
  • Kid-Approved Columbus Day Videos & a FREEBIE!

    September is here and one of the first holidays that most schools across the country celebrate is Friday, September 16, 2016. It is Constitution Day! Let's be honest. Besides a possible demonstration of the Constitution with creating a Classroom Constitution, there isn't a lot we can do to make something that happened so long ago relevant today. Students don't always understand it. But they should! Understanding our rights and freedoms is a responsibility that we have. So, I've done the hard work and teacher & kid-approved several videos to help you celebrate Constitution Day with your students!
  • Why Leveled Texts?

    Teachers are busy, busy, busy. We are overwhelmed. We have trouble fitting everything in. When James & I taught third grade, we did not have enough time to cover the standards, meet our TKES (GA Teacher Evaluation System), and make our students our number one priority. After struggling with what to do, we realized that leveling texts was a way we could ensure we were meeting our students' needs....along with all the other teacher stuff. So, Bow Tie Guy was born and we began researching, writing, and differentiating passages. We were thrilled to see the success in our own classrooms. Our students loved ditching the outdated textbooks that were written way too high for many of them anyway. Our administrators were happy to be able to visually see our differentiation as part of our teacher evaluation. Enough about us. Let's talk about you!
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  • Rethinking Homework: The Great Debate

    Bowtie Guy's Take
    What to do about homework?


    Before I begin, it is imperative that I mention that homework has always had a funny taste in my mouth – as a student and teacher, and it will eventually as a parent, I'm sure.

    Why do teachers give homework? When should teachers give homework? What is good homework material?

    I have never held a tried-and-true method concerning homework because I have developed an epiphany about it. Homework doesn’t work for everyone. It is homework – not parent work. This leads me to my point – why give homework?

    Is homework a necessary evil? I have long had parents fall into two clear categories concerning homework: a.) love it b.) hate it – very few fall into the apathetic category.
  • Peek at My Week! Part II: Inuit Native Americans

    I always joke with my students on the first day that there will be no curse words used in my class. They all giggle and I tell them the "curse word"...Indian. As I have become even more obsessed with Native Americans and their culture over the past few years, "Native American" just sounds like a more dignified term that I encourage students to use. Native Americans are my second favorite unit, besides-you guessed it-the American Revolution. I always get excited to introduce the tribes that we study here in Georgia. My classroom library is chock full of resources for us to use to supplement our learning. Read below to see this week's first tribe of study-the Inuit.
  • Peek at My Week! Part I: The Solar System

    I'm starting my first full week of school this week and decided that I will try to keep myself accountable by posting my weekly plans on my blog! People are always asking about what I do in my classroom, and it is well past time to really dive into the blogosphere. So, here goes! I am absolutely fascinated by the solar system and space. As a little boy, I always wanted to be an astronaut and always read books about space. Today as a teacher, it is one of my favorite units in fourth-grade science.
  • Who do you think you are? A Summer Reflection

    As I am ending my seventh professional summer in stride, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on some good, great, and OFF-DA-CHAIN moments from my teaching past.  I also want to reflect on some bad, stupid, and cray cray. 

    I always wanted to become the teacher I never had.  The typical “You make a difference because you are a GUY” assertions are shallow, lame, and not representative of me.  I don’t care if you are a flippin’ cardboard box, I’ve learned an eternal truth about education --> Be the most interesting thing in the room. Care about others.  Be the change you wish to see.