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About danthescienceman

Educator and coach for 32 years. I love to run. I love the river and I love traveling to other countries as a visitor rather than a tourist. My vocation is service to young people. I do this through my teaching, coaching, mentoring and modeling how to truly live the life I have created. Mantra: Gifts are best honored when they are shared in the service of others.

Going Gradeless is not for the weak

After 30 years of teaching, something I never intended to do but absolutely fell in love with, the past 6 months have been a real adventure. At the beginning of this school year I decided to go Gradeless. Gradelessness is … Continue reading

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The Hard Reality of Racism – My Personal Wake up Call

“Anarchist!” “You are such a rebel!” “Why can’t you just jump through the hoops?” “Why do you always have to create waves?” “You are such a sh$# disturber!” To each of these observations by loved ones and peers I have … Continue reading

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It’s Time We Hold Accountability Accountable

Originally posted on Teachers Going Gradeless:
The maxim “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” (often misattributed to Peter Drucker) sums up the continued belief in the necessity and power of accountability. A lack of accountability is seen…

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Post Weinstein America

In a post-Weinstein America, it is amazing the speed at which prominent and powerful men are falling to accusations of abuse, harassment and other misogynistic behaviors.  But, it is not only the men that will fall. This recent story about … Continue reading

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Not All Men

Originally posted on Maureen O'Leary:
This is not about workplace harassment. This is not about the who man felt up my bare knee under the table during a meeting at work. This is not about the time he sat…

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Test Anxiety in the Age of Gradelessness

As we move closer to semester finals, I find myself doubting my ability to assess each student fairly based on a semester final.  Our school mandates a semester final and after having dived into the world of Gradelessness I find … Continue reading

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Another Week in the Life of the iPad Pilot

So,  I’ve finished my second full week of integration and it’s going…well, it’s going. There are definitely unexpected challenges that have crept up.  Although I am doing more with my students, I am beginning to feel that that the iPad … Continue reading

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And we’re off…

Although I am posting this after the fact, I want  to share a few words about that first day… Wow! Christmas! Hectic! Finally, thank God for Jesse and IT.

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IPad pilot – A new way of thinking and a new way of teaching

Unlike my colleagues, I had only three days to trial the iPad with my students before they left for break. Having rolled out the pilot with my chemistry students I left on a four day senior retreat. Although I left … Continue reading

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Americans: a steep,learning curve when dealing with the rest of the world

Americans: a steep,learning curve when dealing with the rest of the world.

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