20 Time – Post #2

So, it’s time for a little update on how the 20 Time projects are going. Most of my students have done really well, but a few of them seem to still be determined to do the least amount of work possible – even though they chose a topic they were supposedly passionate about. This has been disappointing, but the kids who are into it are REALLY into it, so that makes up for the others.

The update for each of my own projects follows.

1st Period:¬†My running attempt started off fairly strong as my free app bossed me around, telling me when to walk and when to run. However, at the beginning of the second week, the “free” part of the app ended and I needed to purchase the full version to keep going. At that point, I switched to the original C25K (Couch to 5K) app and paid for the full version. Unfortunately, what little momentum I had was sapped due to shin splints, and I haven’t attempted running in two weeks. ūüė¶ My goal is to start again this weekend.

2nd Period:¬†A local friend of mine (Angela) put me in touch with a friend of hers (Paige) that currently lives in New York City, so I was able to speak with Paige about what it was like to move to NYC from Texas. She was able to live with friends for four months and then found a great job to help pay for her living expenses. I don’t have any connections like that, so I need to look into where I could actually afford to live. I’m also interested in beginning graduate school, so I’m researching the programs at Columbia University and NYU.

3rd Period:¬†I’ve created a Facebook business page called Liberty Lane Goods, but I still need to add pictures. Finding time and good lighting to take pictures of my crafts has been difficult. Hopefully, I can do that tonight or tomorrow and make the site live by Sunday.

LL logo - edited


Student Blog Links by Class

1st Period:                                2nd Period:                                   3rd Period:

Laura -car building                Aroldo РAcapulco                         Estefany Рcooking

Idashia Рfashion                     Miguel Рclothing line                   Daniel Рmodel car

Fernando Рscript                    Noah Рcity planning                     Olivia Рstudent voice

Aidan РUT                                Emily                                                Jasmin Рphotography

Maria Рpainting                      Carrington РParis                         Jose Рsoccer complex

Jairo РKorean cooking           Shirley                                            Isaac Рmodel car

Elijah Рediting                         Derian Рscythe building              Willie Рplanner debate

Omar РNFL player                  Marlen РFrance                            Jazmin Рphotography

Bawi Рtravel                             Israel Рindependence                   Kevin

Caleb Рdrawing                       Leticia Рsoccer skills                     Cordelia

Liset Рcosmetology                 Luis Рworld travel                        Flourish

Jacop Рpro soccer player       Prabjot РNBA news                      Favor

Van Рsoccer vs. football         Kayla Рvlogging                            TJ



20 Time – Post #1

With lots of help from all over the web (like here, here, and especially here), my classes and I are delving into the 20 Time experience this week!

Since I teach three classes, I am attempting a different 20 Time project for each class. My goal for 1st Period is to run a mile without stopping; I will use the Couch to 5K app on my phone each week and post my stats on this blog. For 2nd Period’s project, I am researching how to move to New York City. In 3rd Period, my 20 Time goal is to create a Facebook Business page for my crafts.

Successfully completing all three projects may be unlikely, but I love to remind my students that I don’t ask them to do things I am unwilling to do. So, it seems worthwhile to at least try to complete all three. Wish me luck!

History Has Its Eyes On You


I saw¬†Hamilton: An American Musical¬†four times this summer, and I still haven’t recovered. If you have somehow missed hearing about this show, stop right here¬†and go listen to the whole thing for free on Spotify. You’re welcome.

One of the (many) things I love about¬†Hamilton is its reminder that history has a place for all of us. As I teach my students this fall, I can point to this musical and say, “Look! If you love the subject of history, there’s a place for you. If you love rap, there’s a place for you. If you love theater, dance, singing, there’s a place for you. If you love to read and write, there’s a place for you, too.” The writing, staging, reception, etc. of¬†Hamilton encompasses all of these things. All of these things together have created a cultural phenomenon that is quite possibly the best musical of our time. And it would not have happened if even one of those components were missing.

This reminder that we are living tomorrow’s history now¬†isn’t just true for my students. It’s true for all of us. We need to find what we are passionate about and pursue it. We were created with unique personalities and talents for a reason.

We each have a role to play, and each role adds something to the fabric of the history of the human race. So go do your thing.