Here I have collected some of the writing pieces I have published over the years. As a secondary teacher or writing, I write everyday, but I do not always do it for audiences beyond my classroom. If you have questions about my writing, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch with me. Thank you. -Kevin
In this “Field Trip,” I return to the halcyon days of college to recall a concept I still employ today, in cycling and in life. Bloomington, Indiana is where I first took up the “skinny bike,” and it is a lovely place to visit anytime of year.
On June 17th., 2015, my project partner, Joseph Karanja & I presented our initial film about our travels to Kenya. In the Colfax Auditorium of the Saint Joseph County Library, we talked about the many stories we heard about the Mau-Mau Revolt of the 1950s. That uprising preceded Kenyan Independence which was achieved in 1963. This trip & all the work surrounding it is made possible by the Lilly Foundation and the Teacher Creativity Grant we received to travel to Kenya and make this documentary.
In order to travel to Kenya to make the above documentary, Joseph Karanja and I wrote a grant application for a Teacher Creativity grant offered every year by the Eli Lilly Foundation in Indianapolis. I had tried for the grant twice before, so I guess the third time was the charm. Additionally, I published my first follow-up report to the Lilly Foundation upon returning to the states and resuming my work in the classroom.
In 2010 I partnered with Dr. Elizabeth Archie, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame, to offer an educational outreach component to the Amboseli Baboon Research Project. I assisted in writing that part of the grant proposal, designed the curriculum to teach high school students how to mass-communicate in the field of Biology, and have sustained the class for fie years now. We are applying for additional funding in 2016.
I wrote this article in 2001 after I had essentially “flipped” my classroom. In the article I discuss uploading content to the site, using the site as a showcase portfolio for students’ writing, and using the site as a place to host written discourse. I am still doing all of those things today, but now I use a learning management system (LMS) to make the workflow more efficient. You can read this article as a PDF that I scanned, or you can read it at THE Journal’s website.
In this writing, I documented a paddling trip that three friends and I took down the Pine River in western Michigan. My friends and I taught together in the Integrated Studies program, and we often took adventures like this one for the sake of team-building and adventure. My friend Jim Schmidt took the photos.
In 1998, I was living and working in Rio Rico, Arizona. Though that year I did not teach any formal E.N.L. classes, I was still working with a population of second-language learners, and I still used my Spanish everyday. That year I instituted a cross-age tutoring program in my classroom after school. The results were marvelous, and this article is a reflection on that project.