Best Practices

"Students don't care how much you know until they know much you care."

For me, this is more than an anonymous quote that crystallizes the importance of what educators do. It's a reflection that I use throughout the year as I make learning opportunities for academics and personal growth. 

Educator Blog

Instructional Fluency shares a lot of the practices, theories, and tools that I use to facilitate learning.  

History is about identifying problems, searching for related evidence, organizing the evidence thematically, and presenting the findings in response to the original problem. Since this process takes time to learn and practice, I spend a lot of time crafting activities that allow students to master the content and skills, while putting together the elements of this process.

Classroom Blog 

I'm not convinced that using digital technology for everything is feasible or healthy. Learners still benefit from books and paper, as do we all. 

This blog is to highlight some of the critical lessons we work through. It started because we needed a way to bring together the work we do in class into one place for review and commentary. It's also a way for me to show students that blogging isn't about site hits and ad sales. It's about a conversation with others about what we are thinking and doing.

History Content Site 

All of these sites, blogs, and YouTube channels can be overwhelming. is designed to provide one place for all of the content students need for the course. 

Realistically, it's easier for students to use a site like Google Classroom if their district is signed up for Google Apps For Education. In that case, this site is a way for me to model how to organize content. It's also an opportunity for students to teach me about web design and what works best for them.

Kevin Zahner,
Dec 23, 2014, 6:37 AM
Kevin Zahner,
Dec 23, 2014, 6:43 AM