Avengers Assemble

Sometimes, the job is just too big for any one teacher to handle. And so this year for the kickoff of Bishop O’Connell High School’s full-day faculty and staff PD training, we decided to assemble a super team of educational Avengers! Following a dastardly internet outage, our day started with an epic call to arms.

From there, teachers were greeted by an assembled squadron of school administrators and educator superheroes, including yours truly as Captain America, my amazing colleague and co-planner Siobhan Dannaher as The Scarlet Witch, two teacher volunteers as Iron Man and The Black Widow, our principal as Nick Fury, and our assistant principals as Captain Marvel, Thor, The Hulk, and Groot.

And in the hours that followed, teachers divided and conquered their way through TEN different hands-on learning stations with a gamified twist. We demo’ed high energy learning stations including:

Talk about a game-changing way to start the school year!

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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