About

Steve Goldberg, the author of this blog, believes that now is the best time to be a learner.

Steve teaches high school juniors at Research Triangle High School in Durham, NC, about US History. Steve has more than two decades of teaching experience at some of the most prestigious high schools in the country. By working and learning in the company of exceptional students and colleagues, Steve has gained a deep understanding of the learning possibilities in today’s 21st Century digital environment.

Before working at RTHS, Steve served for four years as a history teacher at Cary Academy, a world-class school where all students and teachers are issued tablet computers. Before that, he was Lead Technology Teacher at The Potomac School, a private K-12 independent school just outside of Washington, DC.

Steve has led high school students on service learning trips to rural Ethiopia and urban Kenya, where he helped students learn about life beyond the familiar borders of the US. Those trips made a powerful impression and considerably broadened his own world-view. Every time Steve takes a shower with warm water or has a meal, he’s reminded that a good percentage of the world can’t take those things for granted.

A few summers ago, Steve taught a Constitutional Law seminar for Duke’s Talent Identification Program to gifted high school students from around the world.

A double Duke graduate (Trinity, 1990; MAT in Social Studies, 1995), Steve is also a lawyer (Georgetown Law School, 2003; member of the bar in Maryland) who clerked for a year for a judge in Washington, D.C. After his clerkship, Steve was drawn back into the classroom and to his passion of teaching.

Steve grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, attended Newton South High School, and later, in a suburban twist on Welcome Back Kotter, taught civics and U.S. History at his alma mater high school.

Before that, Steve taught government and civics using Washington, DC, as his classroom for the Close Up Foundation — a civic education program that brings students who want to learn from all over the world to Washington, DC.

Steve is married to Dr. Jocelyn Glazier, the Chair of Teaching and Learning at the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jocelyn and Steve live in Durham with their son Ben, a joyful ten year old who asks insightful questions about the world on a regular basis.

Steve’s email is MrGoldberg [AT] gmail.com

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5 Responses to About

  1. Dave Medvitz says:

    Way to go, coach! Recommendation- how about a page that lists what you have been reading. I’m always looking for a good book, and I have one to offer: “What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy,” by James Paul Gee. In fact, students can concentrate and the can work at something that is hard over a long period of time. Wouldn’t it be great if we teachers built lessons that were as engaging as video games.

  2. Suzanne Gulledge says:

    What a wonderful blog. I will look for connections to South Africa to suggest.

  3. gp80Griffin says:

    Boy did I get excited today when I decided I would start a blogspot or wordpress about “what I learned today” — until I found out that I’m not the only person in the world with ideas! Ha!

    Ironically, I am also a teacher (6th grade LA/SS). I have to say, I read the most recent entry regarding the economy, and I felt like I was reading my own thoughts. I really appreciate the way you broke down the topic, the questions, the leads, etc. Tangible, realistic, engaging tasks like this are precisely what our kids need. You can show me all of the core common standards you want (which our state sup just formally adopted) and you can intertwine them with all of the state standards, but the bottom line remains: the skills our students need for the world of tomorrow co-exist with the problems we face today.

    Don’t get me wrong…I love my social studies textbook and I value the premium we place on ensuring our kids are equipped with the skills necessary to become “world-competitive”… but those are not the skills adorning those increasingly thicker standards manuals.

    It’s too bad I was late to the URL party, but I’m sure glad I stumbled here, Steve. I look forward to returning!

    Griffin

  4. gp80 says:

    Hey Steve –

    More good stuff. Curious about your approach to writing? Do you just integrate various writing-based skills into activities like the ones posted on your site? Or do you actually spend time on the process itself first? I’d like to work more towards integrating the process itself into research-based activities, but I find with 6th graders they need the structured, almost lock-step approach to the writing process refresher. That said, it’s probably more boring for me than it is for them!

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