Adaptive Schools

Humans are creatures of habit.  Much of what we do and how we do it is simply out of routine and tradition that feels almost automatic to our brains and bodies.  For us humans who teach, forming habits in the classroom can certainly be helpful, but when left unattended to, can really hurt student learning. […]

Education Within and Without Walls

As an educator, there is a unique, joyous feeling when you see passion ignite in your students that resembles a passion of your own.   At Allegan Alternative High School, we are fortunate to have many of these moments.     Our innovative culture and open-minded student body allow educators to intertwine many defining pieces […]

AAHS Stock Market Team

At the beginning of my economics class this year a student asked if the class would involve a simulation with the stock market. Simulations are some of my favorite activities to use with students, as the opportunity for experiential learning often mobilizes students who would otherwise struggle to engage with the content. Sadly, I had […]

The Honorary Eagle

Only two years into our Mind, Body, Spirit Initiative and our list of community partners has grown to over thirty.  While the bulk of these are newly established partners, at the very bottom you’ll find one organization that has been with us from the beginning:  Immanuel Lutheran Church.   “Holiday dinner!” “Generosity t-shirts!” “Prom!”   These […]

Tony’s Bake Sale

One of the first decisions I remember making as a brand new Principal was volunteering for a young man named Tony to spend time in our building. Tony attends Hillside Learning and Behavior Center, and one of his educational goals is to sell his baked goods while interacting with other students. At a time when […]

The Eagle Bowling Tradition

Placed in the scope of our Mind, Body, Spirit Initiative, one might think that a bowling team would pretty much just reside inside the body aspect.  That is so not the case!  Each of the three components can be completely encapsulated within our 5 month season:   Mind:  Bowling is a little like being a […]

Teacher Appreciation

Next week is “National Teacher Appreciation Week.” Around the country, PTO’s will bring baked goods into teachers’ lounges, principals will leave little surprises in staff mailboxes, and Twitter will almost certainly see a flurry of #thankateacher hashtags.   Sadly, the other 51 weeks of the year are not always as kind. Despite teachers being expected […]

Perennial Students

Earth Day serves as a reminder that we share our planet with others.  Others alive today and in the future, around the world and around the block.  It’s a reminder that sometimes we take our relationships for granted, meaning it’s a great reminder not to.   For students at Allegan Alternative High School, Earth Day […]