It’s not about the bike, it’s about how far it can take Tri-City students

Originally published Aug. 5 in the Tri-City Herald.

By Cameron Probert

There is a saying Mike Watkins cribbed from Ed Ewing with the Cascade Cycling Club.

“It’s not about the bike. It’s about where the bike can take you,” Watkins repeats.

A soft-spoken man with a hint of a southern accent, the physicist turned cycling teacher wants to instill that lesson to students across the Tri-Cities, starting with a group of about 30 middle school students at Stevens Middle School.

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5 Great Suggestions for Getting the Most Out of Flipping Your Classroom

Originally posted July 11, 2017 by the globaldigitalcitizen.org

By Lee Watanabe Crockett

There’s something exciting about the concept of the flipping your classroom. Imagine the excitement of learners doing hands-on work at school and taking video lessons at home. The idea might feel a little uncomfortable at first, and if you are new to it the nuts and bolts of the flipping process may be unfamiliar. That said, it is an effective method of improving learning outcomes. Having the right flipped classroom tips will help make it succeed for you.

Classroom flipping gives teachers a way to interact with students on their own level. It uses a format students are both familiar with and interested in. This is why so many teachers are attempting their own flipped classroom. The following tips can help you flip your classroom in an effective and fun way. Read More


Applying Technology in Physical Education Class: Lots of Possibilities

Originally posted July 26, 2017 in EmergingEdTech.

By James Cummings

For some time now, using technology to facilitate learning in K-12 classrooms has been a growing focus in many schools. From art classes to science projects, the technology tools have been increasingly instrumental to enhancing the learning process. But how can technology be applied in physical education classes? In this article, we’ll take a look at some way in which P.E. classes may be improved by using technology. Read More


Longer Days Coming for Centralia K-3, Middle School Students

Originally published Aug. 1, 2017 in The Chronicle, Centralia, Washington

By Pete Caster / pcaster@chronline.com

CentraliaPrimary schools with kindergarten through third-grade students will extend school days by 29 minutes to better match the school day of fourth- through sixth-grade students, while the middle school will be gaining 14 minutes.The new schedule will ensure K-8 students receive the same amount of instructional time.