Recap: California Tour 2018!

The Heritage Academy (Mesa) Chamber Orchestra has safely returned home from our Southern California 2018 Tour! What a jam packed weekend full of fun memories including a chilly breakfast at the beach, ultimate Frisbee, a day full of music, an evening on a yacht at the San Diego bay, and a wonderful day at [...]

By | 2018-03-26T16:28:26+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Recap: California Tour 2018!

Study Skills: 6 Tips for Success

Being a math teacher, I am often asked the question, “How do you study for math?”  My answer is practice. Like snowboarding, skateboarding, or even video games, math will get better with practice. However, there are some other key tips that are important for success. Here are my 6 tips for effective studying: 1.  Review [...]

By | 2018-03-26T16:36:21+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Study Skills: 6 Tips for Success

Gamification in Education

Gamification is a great way to help students enjoy learning. Students love to play games. From kindergarteners to college students, games keep learning interesting. If you’re struggling to keep your students’ attention on the lesson, gamification could be the remedy you’re looking for. So, what is gamification in education? As the words imply, it [...]

By | 2018-03-01T16:31:17+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Gamification in Education

Math Games Improve Engagement in the Classroom

I’m always looking for ways to encourage enthusiasm and improve engagement in my math classroom, and one way I’ve found to be very successful is by playing math games. This strategy works well for just about every style of learner: visual learners see the answers, auditory learners hear the answers, and the kinesthetic learners get [...]

By | 2018-03-01T17:55:55+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Math Games Improve Engagement in the Classroom

What in the World is that Building?

When you first see the Heritage-Gateway campus standing by itself in the desert, you most likely ask yourself something along the lines of, “What in the world is that building over there?” I too thought the same exact thing! Not only that, but I was genuinely intimidated by the height and architecture of the building [...]

By | 2018-01-30T20:47:35+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on What in the World is that Building?

Animals in the Classroom: An experiment in hands-on learning

A few years ago, I conducted a research experiment with two of my 7th grade science classes at Heritage Academy, Mesa. This experiment was part of an online graduate level course called Research in Science given through the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  After years of teaching science, I noticed how excited students are when [...]

By | 2018-02-28T16:25:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Animals in the Classroom: An experiment in hands-on learning

The Path To Virtue

What does virtue mean to you? Is virtue even worth anything in your eyes? Hopefully your answer to these mandatory life-long questions is "yes". If you are a junior high or high school student and value virtue, then Heritage is the place for you! And if you are a parent looking for a great school [...]

By | 2018-02-21T20:38:25+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on The Path To Virtue

Reader’s Theater. In History Class!

Theater is a fun, interactive way to help students improve their reading fluency and oral speaking skills. It also gives students a chance to work cooperatively in groups and helps build their confidence, especially for reluctant readers. Knowing these benefits, our 8th grade history teacher, Tauni Orton, has incorporated theater into learning history and [...]

By | 2018-02-12T23:03:26+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Reader’s Theater. In History Class!

Math Club Video Challenge!

We need your vote!  Heritage Academy has two awesome videos for you to watch and vote on.  Click on the links below (or copy and paste into your web browser) and sign up for an account, then you'll have access to vote for both of our videos.  The top 100 videos move on to the [...]

By | 2018-02-13T23:40:35+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Math Club Video Challenge!

Transferring Can Be Terrifying

Today's blog post for Scholar Talk Tuesday was written by Savvy, a scholar at the Gateway campus. Honestly, transferring to a new school and leaving my friends from elementary school didn’t seem like a great idea to me. After all, I was going to a school where all I’d heard about was how nerdy it [...]

By | 2018-02-12T20:55:00+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Transferring Can Be Terrifying