The Silver Lining

Mar 22, 2020 No Comments by

Stop. Just stop.Be still.Listen.Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well. We will help you, if you listen. The excerpt above came from a poem that highly resonates with me as we are all sheltering in from COVID-19. As I […]

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Go With The Flow

Feb 08, 2020 No Comments by

A couple of years ago, I was working on a prototype of a holiday platform game, called Winter Lights, just for the fun of it. I had a lot of time during my winter break to make a game while I’m in my relaxed non-teaching mode. From writing the programs of each of the game […]

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Defending My Learning

Dec 29, 2019 No Comments by

Overview of the Habits of Minds Persisting, Striving for Accuracy, Metacognition . . . these are Art Costa’s Habits of Minds. According to Costa, ” Habits of Mind is knowing how to behave intelligently when you DON’T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which […]

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The Promise of the Guardian

Nov 09, 2019 No Comments

“Until we shift our mindset in regards to our relationship with our blue planet, we will continue to be parasites to our blue planet.” -Jacob Aringo On a recent field trip, I said this quote to our student and it made our students think about how we are interacting with our planet. The definition of […]

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What Did You Learn?

Oct 14, 2019 No Comments

DRIVING QUESTION: How do students articulate and reflect on what they’ve learned? Mr. Aringo: “What did you learning today?”Student 1: “I don’t know.”Student 2: “How to fill out a worksheet?”Student 3: No response. It’s a struggle asking what our students learned when all they might be thinking about is filling out a worksheet or doing […]

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The Untamed Road to Mastery

Aug 22, 2019 No Comments

A couple weeks before the school semester started, I was invited to talk about what I did in my STEAM class in connection to Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy during our Computer Science Summer Institute. If you weren’t there, below is an excerpt of what I said: A given statement is that our kids live […]

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Anchoring Yourself in Your Big Picture

Jul 27, 2019 No Comments

What Drive Me To Do My Work? I know we have a couple weeks of summer break to go. This reminds me of my earlier years of teaching where I’ve been using the last couple weeks of break to tweak my chemistry units and lessons, review my classroom routines and norms, make sure our space […]

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Defeat Darth Boredom Jedi Educator Adventures

Jul 26, 2019 No Comments

I have developed a number of workshop for teachers for a number of conferences. Check out to see when I will be presenting and join us in one of our Jedi Educator Adventures. Click the picture below to know more about the workshop adventures.

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Looking Thru A Lens- Reflection 2018-2019

Jul 01, 2019 No Comments

Another school year has come and gone like the wind. With that comes downtime . . . well sort of. It’s taken me quite a bit of time to get back to blogging as I needed to find that reflective. I think I am at that place. A Year in Review California Global Education Project […]

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Contextualizing Computer Science By Developing a Role Playing Game

Mar 25, 2019 No Comments

Learning computer science can be a foreign endeavor due to it’s structure and language. Like learning any language and it’s associated logic structure, it is important to make the topics in computer science a tangible experience. When learning computer science concepts are access through the different modalities according to the Universal Learning Design (UDL), the […]

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